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Brotherhood of Fatherhood

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Before I was a father, I still had opportunities to be a father figure. I often think of one instance in particular. It was a time when I was part of what I call the “Brotherhood of Fatherhood.” For many years I directed a major Easter production in Louisiana. This was prior to God blessing me with children. One of the special effects we used was dry ice. You’ve likely seen the effect, as a low-lying layer of pure white smoke wafts across the stage. Handling dry ice can be a bit tricky – and dangerous. The chemical reaction that makes the effect work is the rapid thaw of the substance in a pressurized container. This is what forces the fog across the stage. In addition to mandatory training, there is a high trust level placed on the individual...

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When a Child Worships

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

My two-year-old grandson wiggles into his booster seat at the table. He knows the drill. His hands find each other and little fingers embrace into the posture of prayer. “Roman,” his daddy says, “let’s thank Jesus for the food.” Little eyes scrunch shut. His head bows. I close my eyes but peek with one eye to watch him. He slits open fluttering lids and casts his gaze around the room. My heart melts and my breath catches. The list begins. His hair so blonde it shines white, bobs at each pronunciation. Like the Creator in the garden, he affirms all of it good. “Thank you Jesus for food.” “Sfoon. Fowk.” “Cheese.” “Mommy and Dada.” “Octonauts.” “Table, chair, cup.” Those sweet attempts at thanksgiving are irresistible. I wish I could simply be thankful for all I see. How often in...

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Learning to Lose

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I pulled my van up next to the curb and one little bedraggled, second grader drug her book bag and long-ago-cast-off jacket into the car. “Hey sweet girl! How was your day?” Every afternoon begins the same. I ask the same three questions: -Did anything exciting happen today? -Did anything frustrating happen today? -Did anything funny happen today? But on this day, I didn’t get past question one. Excited brown eyes found mine in the rearview mirror. “Mama! Something very exciting happened today. I got nine laps on my pacer! I did it, Mama! I did it!” If you aren’t the parent of a young one, you may not be familiar with the PACER test in P.E. But it is an aerobic activity test where the kids run laps for an allotted amount of time. They are challenged to...

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Christmas Eyes

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep,” Jesus said in John 10:11; (NASB). Sheep follow each other. Wanting to be one is crazy I thought as my son ran around the house singing his Sunday School song at the top of his lungs. The song baaaa-baaa-ed its wanna-be-sheep-desire. Rather than soft wool, a black cape flew from his shoulders. I sighed. I just want to follow Jesus, but I am such a sheep, I thought. Christmas lights sparkled from the big fir in the corner. It did not inspire peace on my earth, rather a disquiet stirred inside my stomach. Unbought gifts, cookies to bake, and activities to plan had me wound tight like the swirly ribbon sliding under my scissors. “Baaaa, baaaa, baaaa,” my little loud-mouthed sheep stopped his chaos...

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A Holy Habit

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I’m not a big fan of winter—I don’t recall a time when I ever was. I was told, “If you get involved in a winter sport, then you will love it.” I donned skies, skates, and snowshoes (but not all at once) and headed out into the chill. I’ve lived in towns that gave me access to winter wonders like major ski slopes and the longest skating rink in the world. But, nope, that didn’t work; I still don’t like winter. But in the middle of this season that I loathe, is a season that I love. Smack dab in the middle of all that coldness and short dark days is Christmas. The season of light came just when I needed it! I loved the lights, the tree, the special baked goods Mom only made in December, the music,...

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Speechless

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

The weather was perfect—just crisp enough for a light jacket, but enough sun to feel warmth on my face. I called my then four-year-old daughter, Grace, to see if she wanted to play outside. When she came running, I opened the garage and pulled out a lawn chair. Grace went to the back of the garage where all the riding toys were stored to locate her princess bicycle with training wheels and streamers on the handle bars. She pulled it out to the driveway and went back for a bike helmet. She plopped it on her head and went to sit on the bicycle, all the while working to buckle the strap under her chin. I walked to where she sat and leaned down to help straighten the twisted straps. As I leaned over, Grace had full view down...

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