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White-Knuckled Prayers

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

“Dear God, gank You for cars and dump trucks and street sweepers. And most of all, gank You for Jesus, Your Son, who died for our sins. Amen.” Before “amen” finished rolling off his tongue, my three-year-old firecracker began shoveling food into his mouth much like the dump trucks—which he so reverently lifted up in prayer—might slide mounds of dirt into a bottomless pit. When my son paused from filling his hollow legs with pasta, he took a breath and launched into an epic reenactment of his day. I’ve never seen my son do anything halfway; there is a sense of urgency in every task. When he builds with LEGO bricks, his face remains inches from each piece, concentration etched into his furrowed brow. When he plays outside, each task is completed at a dead run, usually accompanied by...

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Lessons from a People-Mover

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

It’s funny what kids remember. “Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?” My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the food court for a candy-filled cookie, sitting next to the glassed-in elevator as we ate. My little man stared in awe. I marveled that a people-mover could be so fascinating. He studied it ever so carefully, trying to figure out exactly how it worked. He wanted to ride it a few times, but just watching it seemed to thrill him the most. Fast forward several years, and he still recalls that day with affection. Such a little thing – a simple date which cost...

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A Lion at the Gate

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

I leaned back and stared up at the southeast corner of the Temple Mount, an imposing wall that loomed over us in the heart of Jerusalem. This corner of the Temple is where Satan is believed to have tempted Jesus as they stood on the pinnacle of the massive wall. “If you are the Son of God,” Satan said to Jesus, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Some argue that the southwest corner of the Temple Mount, not the southeast corner, would’ve been a more likely spot for this temptation, because there would’ve...

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You’re Still Happy with Me, Right?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 5 comments

I exited the room, arms full of folded towels. The goal was to put them in the linen closet and come back for the rest of the clothes. I couldn’t have been gone more than ten seconds. Sometimes ten seconds is all it takes. When I entered the living room, every piece of freshly folded laundry was strewn across the room. Shirts were on the hearth, pants were dangling off the sewing machine, and underwear littered the floor and couch. I spun toward my two primary suspects and asked in an eerily calm voice, “Who. Did. This?” My three-year-old jumped to attention. “It was Ryleigh,” he said with confidence. I turned to my eighteen-month-old. She was grinning and trying to pull a pair of underwear onto her head. She hadn’t quite mastered the art of subtlety yet. Benjamin jumped...

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Taming the Tongue

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I realized I needed help. This downward spiral was not going to improve without divine intervention. “Lord, please help me control my tongue!” As I whispered the prayer, the following verse came to mind: “…What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45b, NLT). My shoulders slumped. If restraining my tongue is a difficult job, changing my heart is impossible. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to do it for many years. Discouragement gave way to hope, however, as I remembered...

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What Do Scary Things Do?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

“I’m afraid of spiders.” My almost four-year-old eyed me and then quickly redirected his gaze to his toys. His tone was apologetic. Benjamin’s fear of spiders wasn’t new to me. For a while, he had recurring nightmares involving spiders—the kind of nightmares that would terrify the most fearless adult. “I don’t blame you, B,” I said. “I think spiders are creepy, too. And you know, everyone is afraid of something. Except for a special Someone. Did you know there is Someone who’s not afraid of anything?” Benjamin smiled at the familiar question. “God!” And then his eyes narrowed in concentration. “So what do scary things do when they see God?” I blinked. When is this kid going to start asking me easier questions? I imagined a gathering of all the things my children might fear: Spiders. Monsters. Darkness. Storms....

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