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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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Banana Stickers and Big Questions

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 6 comments

Charity bounced into the kitchen. Two braids swung behind her. Her black Italian school uniform covered mismatched pants and shirt. The hidden kaleidoscope of colors was her way of nose-thumbing against the system’s imposed social equality. It was hard to stand out in a standardized sea of black robed children. But not our child. Oh no, Charity was the only one that sported a Chiquita banana sticker stuck on her forehead. “I’m starting a new fad,” she told me. Her blue eyes sparkled. It was hard to appreciate her excitement with that white sticker smack dab in the center. “Oh, I see,” I said, wondering why the only American in the entire school needed to brand herself as different. “Everyone will want a Chiquita banana sticker like mine,” she pointed one finger at it then carefully felt around its...

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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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