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Hold My Hand

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 6 comments

“Mommy?” Charity whispered into the dark still night. “Hold my hand.” I felt the soft skin of her little hand slide smoothly into mine. It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be there. The connection reached straight into my mommy heart. Together we picked our way through the rocky path toward the warm light of the house window. Conscious of that little hand warming mine I thought how soon she would grow out of this dependence. Will I know when the last time comes, I wondered? Will I know when she is too big to reach for my hand? Will I notice? Perhaps it will take a dark night like this before I’ll realize my hand is empty, and I’ll wonder how long it’s been since her little fingers curled into mine. Years passed. It was a night...

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Church is Kinda a Big Deal

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

A longing in our souls for God begins early. It flourishes in a child as it does in adults when watered by His Word and nourished within the body of Christ. Church is kinda a big deal. The boy Jesus, as part of Israelite tradition, made the journey from His home in Nazareth to worship in the temple at Jerusalem. Anticipation of coming worship moved throughout generations. Families responded with joyful singing, one in heart and purpose as they made the trek. My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God,’ the Psalmist penned in a congregational song. Psalm 84:2 (NIV). I wondered about such deep desire to assemble together within a church body when little children hung all over my body. Joseph and Mary joined in one...

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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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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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Mom, I’m Such a Sinner!

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The door opened with a bang against my front hall. “Mom!” Something was wrong. My heart revved like a racecar. I wiped wet hands against my apron and hurried to meet my daughter, home from third grade. Charity fell into my arms, a melted puddle of tears. “I’m such a s-i-n-n-e-r!” She wailed. Sobs ripped raw from her eight-year-old soul. “Oh, Moooooom, what am I going to do?” By then I’d imagined a number of worse case scenarios. “What happened, honey?” With forced calm, my arm wrapped around her. I led her to the couch where we sat down. The story came in bits and pieces, wrapped with an ugly ribbon of envy and jealousy. She’d created a powder keg fueled by childish comparison. “And, everyone likes her better cause she hurt her arm,” she said. Ah-ha. Ever since...

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Momma, Is Jesus Here?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Momma,” he called from the dark bedroom. “Is Jesus here?” “Yes, Justin.” “Ok, don’t worry Mom, we just can’t see Him,” he shouted from his bed. I plopped down on the sofa, letting Justin’s words reverberate in the frayed edges of my mind. What he so blithely acknowledged and accepted I needed in every part of my being. I needed to know that yes, Jesus was here. In the midst of my mommy chaos, between the sandwiched moments of calm, and at the core of my purpose, I longed for His presence. Oh, to rest like my four-year-old-son in the uncomplicated knowledge that Jesus is here, I just can’t see Him right now. I gazed about at the stray toys scattered around the room, a laundry basket with half-folded little shirts and pants, bits of food drying on the...

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