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The Art of Sitting Down

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Marybeth picked up her two boys from school and listened as they told about their day. Her concern grew as her eleven-year-old, Andrew, shared about a boy who was being unkind to him day after day. Nothing upsets a mama more than a bully. Andrew’s gentle nature and kind heart made him an easy prey for mean boys. His mama listened, and then told him that he needed to stand up for himself. “You can still be kind, but also stand up for yourself,” she explained to him. As she talked to Andrew about ways he could take a stand, her eight-year-old, Zane, piped up in the back seat. Zane, while younger, was full of personality and spunk. When he asked to speak, Marybeth thought perhaps he could share some kid wisdom for his older brother. Zane’s curly head...

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Church is Kinda a Big Deal

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

A longing in our souls for God begins early. It flourishes in a child as it does in adults when watered by His Word and nourished within the body of Christ. Church is kinda a big deal. The boy Jesus, as part of Israelite tradition, made the journey from His home in Nazareth to worship in the temple at Jerusalem. Anticipation of coming worship moved throughout generations. Families responded with joyful singing, one in heart and purpose as they made the trek. My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God,’ the Psalmist penned in a congregational song. Psalm 84:2 (NIV). I wondered about such deep desire to assemble together within a church body when little children hung all over my body. Joseph and Mary joined in one...

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Does God Hear Me?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

“Mama, I was afraid I was going to have bad dreams last night so I prayed to God.” My then five-year-old had my attention. I stopped folding laundry and turned to face her. “Before I asked Him to give me good dreams, I said, ‘God could you please help us sell our house? And could you please help Mary Ann to get better?’ And then I told Him, ‘And God, would You please let me have good dreams because sometimes I don’t feel like You even hear me.’” Grace went on to tell God she wanted to dream about living in Candyland or living in a unicorn land where you could ride a unicorn every day. I listened with tears in my eyes. I was touched she thought to pray for the sale of our home; she knew it...

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Superpowers, Heroes and Wrinkles

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1; ESV. My grandson screeches around the room, his dark blue cape flies like a flag behind him. “Quick,” he says in a flutter of little feet and hands, “on the couch.” Because of course everyone knows that it takes a couch to make one safe from the wicked beings invading our world. “Get your feet out of the water!” We scrunch together, our knees folded to our chests, and wait until the unseen evil passes. He pauses long enough for me to capture his little being and squeeze. No time to waste, he wiggles free from my arms and is off again, playing...

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There is More Than Just Food at a Family Dinner

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Growing up, I learned life’s important lessons at the dinner table.”—Chef John Besh Since I live in a university town and students sometimes miss the homecooked meals they left behind, our faculty members often invite students to join our family meals. A colleague of mine invited a student to join him and his wife for dinner one Thursday night. The prayer was said, the meatloaf was served, and ten minutes had elapsed into their meal. And the young college sophomore began to weep. “What’s wrong?” asked my friend. “You don’t like meatloaf?” Through her tears she answered, “This is wonderful! My family didn’t do this. I have never had a meal like this. We went to restaurants, but we never ate a meal together at home. It was hard to even see the table. My mom used it as...

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How Many Steps?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Parents, have you ever noticed there is no hurrying kids. No matter how much you try to make their legs move faster, if they don’t feel like being in a rush, they are on cruise control. One day we were trying to get out the door for an appointment at the orthodontist for my older daughter Faith. But Grace, who was five at the time, could not be rushed. I tried to simplify things and give Grace specific instructions for getting ready. “Listen closely,” I told Grace. “Because I am going to give you instructions with lots of steps.” I proceeded to tell her to go to the potty, brush her teeth, put her pajamas in the dirty clothes basket, and to dress in the clothes I had placed on her bed. Grace gave me the thumbs up and...

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