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Passing On Hope

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

“I’m glad we’re Christians, Mama.” Smiling in agreement, I asked my 11-year-old daughter what made her feel that way. Her response still echoes in my heart. “Because we have hope.” We had just returned from spending Christmas in California, where we’d helped my sister’s family prepare for a move to Hawaii. My kids loved the time with their cousins – a rare privilege since they live on opposite sides of the country. And now, these cousins were moving even farther away. This painful parting prompted my daughter to give thanks for hope. Hope that goodbye is not forever, not when we all know Jesus. Though we live thousands of miles apart and have no idea when we’ll be together again, a shared eternity is coming. Hope that God’s plans are bigger than we can imagine and He’s able to...

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Mama, You Forgot

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 4 comments

“Mama, you forgot to sing to me,” my son called from his bedroom. Actually, I hadn’t forgotten. I was just tired and ready for the kids to be in bed, eager to go “off duty” for the night. So I had prayed for him, kissed him goodnight and shut the door. But he remembered. And inwardly, my heart rejoiced despite my weariness. I reentered his room, sang a verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” and kissed him goodnight one more time. We used to sing to our babies as part of their nighttime routine, but as they’ve grown older, the bedtime songs gradually fell by the wayside. Recently, however, a dear friend told me about an interview she’d read with singers/songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty, in which they encouraged parents to sing songs of faith to their kids each...

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A Christmas Resolution

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“Can we sleep in front of the Christmas tree, Mama?” Their twinkling eyes reveal the anticipation in their hearts this Christmas Eve night. They gather blankets and pillows and snuggle down under the glow of the tree. Just before bed, my husband turns off the lights and the house settles into shadowy silence. It was a good season, but how did Christmas Day come so quickly? When I was a child, the month seemed like a year and the season so simple. Not so as a mom. A hundred “to-do’s” can squeeze out the holiday joy as I rush from one task to the next – shopping, baking, mailing, decorating, caroling, reading, cleaning… Sometimes remembering “the Reason for the season” can seem like just another item on my endless to-do list. If this all sounds too familiar, I invite...

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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had asked her to send me the list she’s put together. When I received the text message the next day, I smiled at this glimpse into her walk with the Lord and realized what a priceless gift she’s given me through her own quietly cultivated heart for Christ. I’ve experienced the impact of her love for Him – both as a...

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Taco Bell Truth

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

“Let’s do this again.” Those words, printed on a packet of Taco Bell Mild Sauce, fit the evening like a glove. The unusually cool weather had beckoned our family outdoors. Hurricane Irma was headed our way, but on this night before her arrival, everything was still. Even the mosquitos stayed away. I sat on a picnic blanket in our backyard, surrounded by my four favorite people. Because I was too tired to cook, we had picked up tacos and brought them back home. After enjoying our fast food dinner, my husband and kids spent the next half hour playing frisbee and catch. I snuggled my preschooler in our oversized rocking chair. From inside the house, I could almost hear the sink of dirty dishes calling my name. I could envision the messes trailing from one end of our home...

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Raising the White Flag

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when things seem out of control. I had an opportunity to practice this recently. My child was very loudly and quite passionately objecting to the word no. I knew I couldn’t give in to the tantrum. Such behavior was unacceptable. I needed to make the child stop. But all my efforts were in vain. Every discipline or redirection seemed to make...

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