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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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Who is that Baby in a Manger?

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Every year, of my childhood, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, Christmas pageant practice began. The characters were the same every year, the players different. We sat in wooden pews, lines of grade-schoolers, and waited for the announcement of who would play Mary and Joseph. The revelation always sparked envy, admiration, or vanity. The angels came next, then the shepherds and wise men were named. Sometimes even animals had parts with costumes of sheep, cows or camels. A living star shone above a wooden shed built and carried into the sanctuary each year. Herod, the bad dude and his evil cohorts had parts too around a throne big enough for ten kids. The leftovers made up a choir of children who jostled and joked throughout every practice. There were robes for the shepherds, crowns for the wise men, wings and...

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Train Up a Child

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

In the small town where I grew up, “turning out” was a big deal. A person turned out right when they got a steady job, got married, had a family, and stayed in the same church in which they were raised. It was the formula hovering over each parent, judging their success or failure. Nothing fueled gossip or categorized social strata as much as how offspring turned out. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6; NASB). On four Sundays, my husband and I dedicated four different children. I remember each occasion. I also remember feeling uncomfortable with my parenthood visible for all to see and sensing that I was inept at the task. Our first child, a baby girl, cried (aka screamed) all the...

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