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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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Imitation an Open Book for All to See

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Stop it,” she shouted. “Just stop it.” Without turning toward the voice, I knew a copy-cat trooped behind our oldest daughter. Sure enough, a pip-squeak mimic echoed, “Stop it. Just stop it.” “Mom,” my six-year-old, hands on hips pleaded, “Make her stop, please? She keeps repeating everything I say.” Her younger sister sidled up next to us at the kitchen counter. She looked up at me, and a grin lighted her face. Her eyes rested on mine, then on her sister’s. The sparkle dimmed. Her expression grew confused, unsure, a little bewildered. Her wide smile dissolved. I saw an awareness register in our three-year-old’s eyes that she’d done something that wasn’t appreciated. In those big blue eyes lingered a baffled hint of hurt and a touch of perplexed rejection. She thought mimicking everything her sister said was funny. She...

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Clean Slates of Possibilities or Endless Piles of Heaviness?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

Sheets of frozen white driven by cutting wind kept my snow-loving son indoors. By late afternoon, the worst moved past. Glittering flecks blew from drift to drift, tiny razor shards of snow bit into anyone brave enough to challenge the outdoors. My husband shrugged into his marshmallow puffed coat, scarf, and hat to make a trek into the front yard where a buried sidewalk needed clearing. Our son, my husband’s little shadow scurried to pull on boots and insulate himself with layers of warmth, eager to step into the winter wonderland. I helped stuff him in and zipper him up. He talked of snowmen, and snowballs already rolled through his mind while I jerked mittens onto tiny hands. Together we opened the door. Brittle cold chased away all the accumulated coziness inside. I heard an intake of breath like...

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