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When Pretty Does More Than It Ought

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

“I’m so pretty!” my four-year-old daughter squealed. She patted the new pink ruffled skirt with pure joy and then twirled in front of a mirror. Blonde hair bounced golden curls, blue eyes sparkled, and rosy cheeks blushed. She turned expectantly for my approval. With every fiber of my being I agreed. She filled every syllable of a-dor-a-ble and I laughed with pleasure. Children love compliments. In fact, they are the first to give them…to themselves. My parents were careful about praise, fearful of where it might take me, and compliments were rare. I learned to appreciate their heart, but I longed for their approval. That struggle continued into my spiritual walk. I see myself in the picture of my daughter’s upturned face and hopeful eyes. While trusting in Christ’s grace I often find myself striving in an exhausting cycle...

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Encouraging the Gift of Music

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

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy: But most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”  Plato I wish I had been more “instrumental” in the lives of my children. I realized too late the lost opportunity to encourage my children to learn a musical instrument in their younger days, My parents mandated it of me. I earned up to a grade five level in piano, and in elementary school, I learned some simple tunes on a recorder. I confess, I fought it all the way and when I became a teen they allowed me to stop. Thrilled to be released from it, I did not cultivate it and I seem to have lost it all. I’ve heard folks say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I...

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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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