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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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Always Make a Nest

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I’m feeling un-nested these days, or maybe up-nested. In the middle of Covid-19 we are moving to a new house. It is unnerving and uprooting in about a thousand ways. While I pack boxes and the world shouts “stay at home,” nature outside my door flourishes. An ex-robin’s nest dangles hanging threads of straw above the deck where we make our temporary home. We feel in limbo between the old house and the new. The apartment we are in is a not-quite-there-yet daily reminder of what we left and the work ahead. We heard the noisy robin family before we saw them. Wide-open beaks barely visible above the rim of the nest pleaded loudly for momma to drop in a bite. Nested in their well-manicured home we watched them grow until sweet little robin voices left that nest one...

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Doing to Others is the Milk of Kindness

Posted by on Jul 10, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

My grandson’s left-over cup of milk sat on the counter. Hot and humid, it had begun turning into cottage cheese and worse. I wrestled with the lid and then dumped the contents down the drain. By the looks of things in our nation, I thought, watching the clumps of coagulated white gather in the drain, the milk of human kindness has gone sour like my grandson’s milk. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 (NIV) Let’s not make this too difficult. It’s known as the golden rule. Probably because it is indeed worth a treasure. It’s a great verse to quote to children, but apparently a difficult one for adults to follow. If you are a parent or grandparent wondering what sort of world our children will inherit, you aren’t alone. If your...

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Essential

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“ Nooooo,” he screeched. He held tight to the penny. The little round copper hid inside a tightly closed pudgy fist. I caught him a moment before he tried to put it in his mouth, stuffing his entire slimy hand into the wide-open pit. He put out an all-body-twisted protest, the offending hand stretched behind him while his other pushed me away. “Miiine!” We were heading for full meltdown battle royale. Me, a grown-up woman, mother of four, against an almost two-year-old, and it didn’t look good for the older lady. I could feel the grip of frustration seizing my calm. “Give it to Mommy,” I said. “Noooo.” Because you see that penny, the one he desperately wanted to put in his mouth, suddenly had become essential. We hear so much today about essential. Essential jobs, essential workers, essential...

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Walk with the Wise

Posted by on May 8, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“She’s my friend,” my daughter said with a nod. “She doesn’t cheat.”   My head shot up.   “And some of your friends do?” I asked, thinking at least my six-year-old was on the right side of that conversation.   “Sometimes,” she said. Then she ran out of the room. A pinkballerina streak, while I stayed sitting on an unmade bed ticking through a list of her first grade friends trying to pair them up with cheating. It didn’t help. They all seemed so sweet.   Friends are important at every age. Helping our children choose them wisely has lasting effects.   The Apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth, about the sway the company we keep has on our lives.   Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Cor. 15:33 (ESV)   The church, struggling with...

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Unsettled Times Invites 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for Children

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 11 comments

I don’t know about you, momma, daddy, grandmama, and granddad, but the last few weeks have fogged my brain and tattered my thinking. If today could be superimposed like tracing paper over the outline of one week ago, we would all stare and wonder what happened to life as we knew it. If we put before and after pictures from two weeks ago side by side, we would think the scars of coronavirus unbelievable. Our global world has turned upside down in mere days. Normal has vanished and uncertainty weighs like a cloak. This is us today. It is foreign. It doesn’t fit well. It has fragmented our brains, scattered our focus, and impacted our families. Yet in the middle of all the upheaval, an unchanging Father calls us to root ourselves and our families in Him. Obedience is...

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