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Who Will Be the Greatest?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Helmets on. Shields down. Laser swords up. Sabers held high throb with light while Darth Vader breathes his insanely evil inhale and exhale. The battle begins. My six-year-old and three-year-old grandsons have never even seen Star Wars, but the way they go at it, you’d never know. They grunt and shout in victory and defeat. It is a run-for-your-life war to the finish. Apparently, it only takes a few years of life to figure out someone gets to be the greatest. One of them will reign king of his little mountain. “Who will be the greatest?” It was a contentious question between Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel of Mark: 9:33-36. The immaturity of Christ’s followers was revealed in an embarrassing argument while they walked toward home. Can you picture it? They walked together through Galilee as Jesus explained clearly...

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Real Praise for Your Children

Posted by on Feb 8, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Have you had the challenge of working in an environment of negative motivation—a place where praise is rare, but complaints flourish? I had the fate of working in such a place. Sadly, I don’t believe the management even knew their folly, because they fell into the trap of thinking their comments were balanced. The supervisor would start by giving general, non-specific words of praise, “You’re doing well,” then with a “but” they would continue with a lengthy list of specific areas in which the employee needed to improve and instances when they had not met management expectations/ After all, “Nobody is perfect, there is always room for improvement.” Since the praise was far from specific, it had almost no value against the specific complaints and it was discouraging overall. The reality is, even if there are no negative comments,...

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Covid Fear is Also Affecting Our Children

Posted by on Feb 4, 2021 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

We sat outside with our drive-through ice-creams and jabbered, like teen-agers out on a night away from the confines of mom, dad and home. Ten ladies, escaping pandemic restrictions for a few hours on an afternoon, properly distanced and cautious. We talked about work, people, general gab. I stepped away from the patio circle, left behind the voices and gaiety to answer my phone. It was a Facetime call. I held it up and saw some of the cutest little faces looking at me. “Grandma!” My five-year-old grandson and his three-year-old brother exclaimed. “Grandma, where are you?” A frown drew the older grandson’s brows together. He looked past my face to where my friends sat apart but together. For a moment I forgot how strange it was to socialize, to hear voices and laughter. I forgot how quickly children...

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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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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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