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Welcomed by God

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  Romans 15:7; ESV She turned to look at me, an automatic response to an uncomfortable statement. Soft-expletive language, the kind we didn’t allow, shocked our home’s airwaves. They stood together in our kitchen, two blonde-bunned-heads with damp tendrils escaping, one straight and one curly. Tweens full of laughter, long legs, and fingernail polish. My daughter’s friend’s word hung in the air. “Yes, I heard that,” my expression answered. She turned away quickly, but not before I saw her eyes begging mine not to embarrass her. Without another word I heard, “Don’t say anything, Mom,” as if it had been spoken. She hustled her friend toward their bedroom with giggles and whispers. I had an uncomfortable feeling of disapproval simmering under my skin and murmuring underneath...

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Calendar Memories

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

A little while back, a student said to me; “Did you know there is a National Paper Airplane Day?” It seemed a little strange, but we verified it. There online, among a list of holidays for May, was the designated label. To my surprise, every day in May has some sort of event or holiday. Some are serious (Memorial Day) and some a little nondescript (May 18th – No Dirty Dishes Day). Some I recognized as having been established over the years.  Although I was in my early teens before I realized folks weren’t saying “sink” and “mayo” on May 5th, that really did confuse me as a child. I didn’t know how to put those two words together. I’m not sure we need a National Wine Day (May 25th). Folks who partake in that beverage likely don’t want...

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A Place to Run

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Springtime in my beloved North Carolina brings warmth, endless shades of green, southern snow (tsunami of pollen), and near-daily thunderstorms. In this volatile season, God used an experience with a sudden storm and a tiny toddler to teach this “child” how to respond when life’s storms threaten to overwhelm. Distant thunder rolled and rumbled as a rainstorm moved through the area. Little Eliott watched, mesmerized, as water pelted the windows and puddles formed outside his house where we were spending the morning together. His 18-month-old body wriggled with excitement and wonder as he stayed by his rain-watching post. Then came a flash of lightening and my warning to move back from the window. He looked at me, unsure of what to do. Then… BOOM! Thunder rattled the window panes and sent a little boy sprinting across the room—straight into...

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Unexpected Encouragement

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When you’re a mom, it seems you always have a child in tow. Moms are experts at grocery shopping, renewing car tags, buying birthday gifts, or even going to personal doctor’s appointments with a child tagging along. As I was preparing for an upcoming yearly physical, I had to visit the lab a week early to have blood drawn. When I arrived, the lab technician asked for a urine sample before drawing my blood. My daughter, Grace, who was four at the time, followed me into the restroom. After shutting the door behind us, I turned to tell Grace not to touch anything. “What you doin’ Mama,” she asked me. I told her I had to go potty in a cup, just like she does when she goes to the doctor. Grace was very familiar with going potty in...

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Discipling Future Missionaries

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15; NASB “There are only two kinds of people,” he leaned toward our three children. He whispered and his eyes sparkled. One half finger wagged at them and how cool is a cut off finger after all? Awed, they devoured each word from a man they considered as old as the Apostle Paul himself and every bit as godly. “People are either goers or senders. God gives us two choices from Scripture.” We sat in a restaurant nicer than most, with little girls who had never seen the inside of something classier than golden arches. Our family of five was home for a short three months after being gone for two years as missionaries on foreign soil. We’d come to renew relationships,...

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Be Strong and Courageous

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) It feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it?  “I can’t keep up – the things these kids are into…” Our children have so many portals of information.  As soon as we think we know the latest news, fad, or phenomenon, another one comes along. How do we help our children navigate through it? We must be educated. Reading books on history, culture, socialization, and so on, will help parents understand current thought. In the past twenty-five years there has been a decline in plainly (without opinion) teaching the basics in schools.   Know what is happening by investigating cultural influencers. Use the Internet to discover what is “hot,” then investigate content. What are the lyrics of...

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