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But Why?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

There it is again like an echo bouncing off the kitchen walls. A three-letter word that is never satisfied. “Why?” my grandson asks. A little hand pats my leg, soft but insistent. Round blue eyes search mine as if the connection somehow might supply what he needs to know. I’ve heard the question at least a billion times this morning, and as I plop myself down, exhausted by his innocent insistence, I recognize within my heart how often that word comes into my own complexities of life. I hear it when I think of the disappointment of hope crushed. I think of it when circumstances go amuck. I remember its helplessness from a sterile white hospital bed where the heart wrenching question came with tears, “Why?” Maybe those annoying repetitions of a child are much more than they seem....

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Burst Out in Songs of Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 NLT Finally, some gorgeous, autumn-like weather here in south Georgia! Fall seems to take its time getting to us in the south, but that makes us appreciate the season even more. Wherever you live, make sure to enjoy everything that this time of the year offers, from the beautiful color changes to the crisp temperatures, to the anticipation of Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends. It’s a month to celebrate and give thanks, but use this month to cultivate a heart of gratefulness all year long. Add these holidays – real holidays from the zany to the serious to the delicious – to the calendar this...

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The Ministry of Tucking Them In

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Bedtime. The word both excites and exhausts me. It excites me because I savor the quiet downtime between tucking in the kids and going to bed myself. It exhausts me because of the amount of work I must do between dinner and lights out – mealtime chores, showers, pajamas, last-minute homework… Sometimes—lots of times—I rush through our bedtime routine because I’m more tired than the kids. I forget how much those moments matter to my children. My always-busy son has so very much to say once the lights go out, and he’s finally still. My teenaged daughter opens her heart in prayer, and I catch a glimpse of what’s going on deep inside. My second-grader wants to snuggle and thank God for everything in her world. They all seem to treasure those moments with Mom and Dad before they...

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Painting the Lines

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Did you know that parenting sometimes resembles road work? Our town recently went to the expense of widening one of our primary roads. Previously it had been a frustrating and unsafe road. The shoulders were a thin ribbon that fell off into a ditch. The lanes were narrow and hard to maneuver due to large vehicles using the route. The new paving project converted two lanes into three. The wide road was nice, but the designers made a major mistake: they didn’t paint new lines. Because of this oversight, the wider road was even more dangerous. Which direction gets two lanes? Does each side get an extra-wide lane? Where is the center? All the drivers made their own assumptions and their own rules. The two buildings the road services added to the confusion. The road passes a high school...

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I’m Proud of You Son

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“You’re never too old to want your dad to be proud of you,” my husband stated the other night as we both collapsed into bed, tired from a day of hard work. Those poignant words took me immediately to the memory of my dad. His praise had such a huge impact on me then that to this day I think of my actions and how he would respond. What he accepted then still matters to me now. His affirmation steered desires and emotions, they brought me joy and sorrow. Both my husband’s father and mine are gone, but the ghost of their approval and disapproval is a legacy we both cherish. What a picture of the Christian’s relationship with the Father. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 reflects a desire to bring satisfaction for...

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