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Not Alone

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

I sighed as I walked into our living room and saw the mountain of clean clothes and towels covering the couch. Ten loads of laundry reminded me I wouldn’t be going to bed anytime soon. How do five people make so much laundry in such a short time? As I stared at the work ahead of me, my husband entered the room. Sensing my discouragement, he said, “Guess what? I’m with you and I’m going to help you. You don’t have to fold all of that alone.” I smiled. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so overwhelmed. Life is always better when a friend can help shoulder our burdens. We can give that kind of encouragement to our kids, too, by assuring them: I’m with My youngest daughter is quite the introvert, so new situations can be very unsettling for...

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Indiana Jones and the Lost Scrolls

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

It all began with a goat and a stone. It was early 1947 (or possibly late 1946) when a Bedouin shepherd boy named Muhammed the Wolf went out searching for his lost goat among the limestone hills in Qumran, not far from the Dead Sea in what is Israel today. As he hunted among the cliffs, the boy stopped to hurl a rock into the open mouth of a cave. He heard the crack of breaking pottery. That’s strange, he thought. The shepherd boy was too afraid to lower himself into the cave, so he returned later with a couple of relatives, hoping to discover treasure. Instead, when they entered the cave, they found clay jars with lids that looked like bowls. Lifting one of the lids, they were hit by a foul odor. The Bedouins didn’t know that...

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Real-life Conversations

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“How do we know God is real, Mama?” My seven-year-old’s question reined in the distracted thoughts running through my mind. Our nightly routine faded into the background as eternity stepped into that moment. I prayed for wisdom and considered how to answer. I know He’s real based on my years of history with Him. I’ve experienced His provision, witnessed His miracles, and felt His presence more times than I could count. Yet I’ve also asked that same question many times – even after years of knowing Him. Sometimes our hearts just need to be reminded. So we talked of how God has answered our prayers and recalled His faithfulness to our family. Then I suggested she ask God to show Himself to her because ultimately, that’s what her heart really needs. Not just mental facts that support the truth...

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The Miracle of Bethesda

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The acoustics in the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem are out of this world. The sound echoes and plays on the walls, transforming the music of our small group so that it sounds like a much larger group is singing. Our tour group sang the old hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” although I simply mouthed the words because the last thing this holy site needed was the horror of my singing voice amplified by these walls. My voice is enough to make even a saint faint. But fortunately our group had some beautiful voices… O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands hath made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed… The day we visited Saint Anne’s was a gorgeous spring afternoon, with...

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The Ministry of Tucking Them In

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Bedtime. The word both excites and exhausts me. It excites me because I savor the quiet downtime between tucking in the kids and going to bed myself. It exhausts me because of the amount of work I must do between dinner and lights out – mealtime chores, showers, pajamas, last-minute homework… Sometimes—lots of times—I rush through our bedtime routine because I’m more tired than the kids. I forget how much those moments matter to my children. My always-busy son has so very much to say once the lights go out, and he’s finally still. My teenaged daughter opens her heart in prayer, and I catch a glimpse of what’s going on deep inside. My second-grader wants to snuggle and thank God for everything in her world. They all seem to treasure those moments with Mom and Dad before they...

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When the Plan Changes

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when things seem out of control. I had an opportunity to practice this recently. My child was very loudly and quite passionately objecting to the word no. I knew I couldn’t give in to the tantrum. Such behavior was unacceptable. I needed to make the child stop. But all my efforts were in vain. Every discipline or redirection seemed to make things...

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