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How Many Steps?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Parents, have you ever noticed there is no hurrying kids. No matter how much you try to make their legs move faster, if they don’t feel like being in a rush, they are on cruise control. One day we were trying to get out the door for an appointment at the orthodontist for my older daughter Faith. But Grace, who was five at the time, could not be rushed. I tried to simplify things and give Grace specific instructions for getting ready. “Listen closely,” I told Grace. “Because I am going to give you instructions with lots of steps.” I proceeded to tell her to go to the potty, brush her teeth, put her pajamas in the dirty clothes basket, and to dress in the clothes I had placed on her bed. Grace gave me the thumbs up and...

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I Did It by Myself!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I did it!!” My grandson exclaimed. He lifted big blue eyes to mine. They glowed with surprise and wonder at his new accomplishment. He leaned back on the wooden floor, and a huge smile lit his face. He shoved one leg straight in front of my face, his shoe inches from my nose. Maneuvering the correct shoe onto the right foot was a great achievement for a three-year-old, but an even bigger victory was the tug of war that didn’t happen. Because that cute, scary and downright irritating self-defiant streak of “I can do it by myself,” is like a military coup waiting to erupt. I confess, when my children were little, there were times I looked in the mirror and asked, “Who is the adult here?” Accomplishing tasks produces satisfaction and confidence. Learning independence is a valuable process....

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The Ministry of Motherhood

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have always been a big fan of a classic television show from the seventies. There was a great deal of vice to overlook, but the poignancy and comedy of M*A*S*H resonated with me. Although the backdrop for the show was the Korean War, it often dealt with topics with which we can resonate. A particular scene stands out around Mother’s Day. One character, Frank, is not well liked and he is at a very low time in his life. His misery has placed him on the edge of doing violence to himself and those around him.  Radar, the company clerk, enters the scene and tells Frank he is wanted on the phone. From Korea, Radar has called the United States and reached Frank’s mother. Frank spills his emotions to his listening mother and is comforted. Someone said, “Nice...

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Mom, I’m Such a Sinner!

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The door opened with a bang against my front hall. “Mom!” Something was wrong. My heart revved like a racecar. I wiped wet hands against my apron and hurried to meet my daughter, home from third grade. Charity fell into my arms, a melted puddle of tears. “I’m such a s-i-n-n-e-r!” She wailed. Sobs ripped raw from her eight-year-old soul. “Oh, Moooooom, what am I going to do?” By then I’d imagined a number of worse case scenarios. “What happened, honey?” With forced calm, my arm wrapped around her. I led her to the couch where we sat down. The story came in bits and pieces, wrapped with an ugly ribbon of envy and jealousy. She’d created a powder keg fueled by childish comparison. “And, everyone likes her better cause she hurt her arm,” she said. Ah-ha. Ever since...

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An Army of Me

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

At the end of the day, my patience wears thin, and I am weary. After taking care of three kids, one husband and one self, I just don’t have much left. So shower time can sometimes try my patience. One evening after supper, I sent my then seven-year-old daughter Grace ahead of me into the bathroom. “Get your clothes off, go to the restroom, and then get in the shower. The water is already on and is just the right temperature,” I told her. “Okay,” she grinned and galloped off on her imaginary horse, dragging her pajamas on the floor behind her. I finished wiping off the kitchen counters and made my way to my bathroom where I expected to find Grace already in the shower with her hair wet and ready to be washed. Instead, I found one...

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Momma, Is Jesus Here?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Momma,” he called from the dark bedroom. “Is Jesus here?” “Yes, Justin.” “Ok, don’t worry Mom, we just can’t see Him,” he shouted from his bed. I plopped down on the sofa, letting Justin’s words reverberate in the frayed edges of my mind. What he so blithely acknowledged and accepted I needed in every part of my being. I needed to know that yes, Jesus was here. In the midst of my mommy chaos, between the sandwiched moments of calm, and at the core of my purpose, I longed for His presence. Oh, to rest like my four-year-old-son in the uncomplicated knowledge that Jesus is here, I just can’t see Him right now. I gazed about at the stray toys scattered around the room, a laundry basket with half-folded little shirts and pants, bits of food drying on the...

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