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Without Apology

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I stood before my mini-version. Blonde hair curled at the shoulders, bright blue eyes sparkled, and a pleased smile lighted her face. Behind her on the wall splashed brilliant colors in what undoubtedly could hang as a Picasso in an art gallery, but instead it splashed all over my living room wall. She was that daughter, the one who could make me tear my hair out one minute and laugh until tears ran the next. She brought out in me a lot of emotions I’d never encountered before, some shameful and ridiculous. Her “Who? Me?” innocence radiated from wide eyes and poured into the silence like audible questions. While I stared at my wall, a battle raged Inside. One side desired a mommy temper tantrum to dwarf all others, and another told me to calmly sit her down in...

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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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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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Till Kids Do Us Part

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11; ESV. Okay, so it’s possible I don’t like her child. That friend who’s been a friend for as long as I can remember, the one who dried my tears after break ups and sad movies, the friend who knew my fiancé and I were engaged before we really were…that friend’s kid drives me crazy. In fact, my friend, as the mother of the child who drives me nuts, annoys me insanely as a mom. Play dates are awkward because of our children. We see everything differently. Our way of mothering, of thinking about things has suddenly moved oceans apart. We are divided in every way. Food, screen time, nap time, and school time. We even approached the birthing process as complete opposites....

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The Art of Talking Back

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

One of my daughters, might have had the advantage of most lawyers at age two. By the time she turned ten, she could befuddle my brain to the place where not only did I forget the point of my argument, I couldn’t even remember for which side I fought. As parents we did our best to refine this less-finer aspect of her character—the art of dispute. It was not easy.   The Apostle Paul, addressing the much bigger issue of Israel’s rejection and God’s justice, reminds his readers of our propensity to bicker and want our own way. “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Romans 9:20 (NIV). “But you said if I cleaned my room, I could...

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Setting Goals No One Sees

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I will not be where I am forever.” I spoke those words aloud into the sterile hospital room where I sat in semi-darkness. Monitor lights blinked, beeps sounded, and answers vanished. It’s nice when ah-ha moments are born out of inspiration and excitement, but sometimes such moments are birthed in deepest desperation and despair. Perhaps those are the most pivotal of them all. My daughter, once a vibrant twenty-six-year-old mother of two didn’t respond to my declaration into the quiet night. She couldn’t. Paralyzed by a mysterious brain stem lesion, her ability to walk, talk, and move had been stripped months ago. Postponing death while praying for life took all who loved her through an endless tunnel of blind corners, cruel and disheartening. At each turn the road seemed blacker than the one behind. Hope like a reoccurring mirage...

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