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Life, Sweet Life

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our houseguests sat at the kitchen table catching up on email. Addi sat at the counter. She was singing at the top of her eight-year-old lungs while cutting soda cans in two and taping them around the top to create pencil holders. Her seven-year-old brother, Liam, had a new remote control car and it raced around the kitchen island, through the chairs that our guests sat in, made a loop in the family room and finally crashed into the bookcase. Liam righted the car and began the loop again. And I sat in the middle of it all, writing. What’s it like at your house? To me, the house guests at the table let me know that I have good friends. I love having them visit. Addi‘s sweet praises at the counter kept me focused on what mattered. Liam’s...

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Singing Over You

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Wait. Wait. No.” Three-year-old Elizabeth held up her hand. Never one to go down for a nap willingly, this appeared to be just another stall tactic. I walked over to give her a kiss as my husband held her firmly. “Sleep well,” I said, “so we can play when you get up.” “No.” Elizabeth reached out and grabbed my hand. “I want you. Come sing to me.” Our naptime and bedtime ritual for months had included me sitting beside Elizabeth, holding her hand, and singing praise songs while she fell asleep. It never took long once I took her soft, little hand in mine until she was sound asleep. Occasionally she sang with me for a song or two but it wasn’t long before her eyes became heavy and she drifted off. Did I ever wish she would just...

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What’s in Your Back Pocket?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

As a means of outreach, our church often hosts events to bring Jesus into our community. On one such occasion, we hired a popular Christian band, sent up chairs in our parking lot, and invited the entire community to join us. Our family packed the car with lawn chairs in case they were needed and headed out the door. The last in line, I noticed drumsticks sticking out of my 10-year-old son’s pocket. “Son, why don’t you leave your drumsticks at home? You might drop one and lose it or they could poke someone as you walked by. Can’t they just stay at home?” Our son was an avid drummer and constantly drummed with his fingers, his sticks, a pencil, or anything that was nearby. “Mom,” he said very seriously, “what if the drummer gets sick? I would be...

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Making Your Moments Count

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 1 comment

Luna jumped up on the counter causing the plastic tooth around her neck to pop open. “Oh, no,” she said holding up the empty container. “Toothie is gone!” Sure enough the container that once held the tooth was open and empty. Not wanting Luna to panic, I said, “We’ll find your tooth. Everything will be fine.” “What if we can’t find Toothie? What will the tooth fairy do?” “C’mon. Let’s look. You start over there.” Luna looked on the other side of the counter while I dropped to my knees in front of the dishwasher. Lord, you know it is only a tooth and Luna really doesn’t need it anymore. But this tooth is really important to her and we would really like to find it. Could we please just find this little tooth? I silently asked God to...

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Who’s Watching You?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Look at me! I’m Momma.” All eyes turned in Grace’s direction. She had snitched her mother’s sunglasses and put them on. She wore the visor Momma had put on when she came outside. “Hey, I wanna be Momma. Give me the glasses. Throw me the hat.” Not to be outdone, Grace’s two-year-old sister, Elizabeth, reached out for the items. A chase ensued, each little girl wanting so desperately to be like her mother. Finally, a system of taking turns was established so both girls could have a turn being “Momma.” Most little girls want to be like their mother at some point during their growing up years. It is natural to want to emulate someone you love. Young children usually choose a parent as the person they most want to imitate. This childhood desire to be like someone you...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

I was sitting in the recliner—for eight weeks. The burns on my foot required surgery and a minimum of walking. The morning of July 4th my husband came in the room. “Let’s get you up and dressed. Someone special is bringing dinner.” “I don’t want to get dressed. It’s too much trouble. Can’t I just cover up with a blanket?” “Not this time. Come on. I’ll help you get ready.” Most of the afternoon was spent in preparation—of me. My patient husband helped get me all shined up and properly dressed in red, white, and blue. I was comfortably back in the recliner when the door bell rang. “Surprise!” “We are here!” “Happy Fourth of July!” In walked my family, arms laden with festive food, smiles on their faces, dressed in the colors of liberty. They spread a blanket...

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