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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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I Did It by Myself!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I did it!!” My grandson exclaimed. He lifted big blue eyes to mine. They glowed with surprise and wonder at his new accomplishment. He leaned back on the wooden floor, and a huge smile lit his face. He shoved one leg straight in front of my face, his shoe inches from my nose. Maneuvering the correct shoe onto the right foot was a great achievement for a three-year-old, but an even bigger victory was the tug of war that didn’t happen. Because that cute, scary and downright irritating self-defiant streak of “I can do it by myself,” is like a military coup waiting to erupt. I confess, when my children were little, there were times I looked in the mirror and asked, “Who is the adult here?” Accomplishing tasks produces satisfaction and confidence. Learning independence is a valuable process....

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The Ministry of Motherhood

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have always been a big fan of a classic television show from the seventies. There was a great deal of vice to overlook, but the poignancy and comedy of M*A*S*H resonated with me. Although the backdrop for the show was the Korean War, it often dealt with topics with which we can resonate. A particular scene stands out around Mother’s Day. One character, Frank, is not well liked and he is at a very low time in his life. His misery has placed him on the edge of doing violence to himself and those around him.  Radar, the company clerk, enters the scene and tells Frank he is wanted on the phone. From Korea, Radar has called the United States and reached Frank’s mother. Frank spills his emotions to his listening mother and is comforted. Someone said, “Nice...

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