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“God will never waste our pain, but I can. When I’m not honest about the reality of how hard life is, I waste God’s offer of peace. When I try to do things in my own strength, I waste God’s offer of power.
I’ve been quiet around this little space this month.
It’s been busy – my mom and aunt came for a visit and there’s been shopping to do and classroom parties to prepare for.
And I’ve been quiet here because, honestly, I’ve been wrestling with God over this writing.… read more
It’s late Sunday night, which obviously means Monday is near. As I tried to get the girls to bed a while ago, which at times is akin to herding feral cats, I began to feel anxious and like Monday is creeping in with it’s list of to-do’s and making up the undone from last week and (goodness gracious) the need to make some sort of plan for holiday needs and gifts and… on and on…
It can come on like a thick cloak of fresh panic, these thoughts of a new week with old and new needs pressing hard.… read more
The falling of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the relentless turning of calendar pages — they have me thinking. About changes and seasons of life. About expectations and disappointments.
It seems that we are always looking to the next thing: tomorrow, the weekend, the next vacation or holiday.… read more
Without going into much detail because, believe me you’d rather I not, I had outpatient surgery early last week. Not a huge deal, but was something I’d been waiting to happen for a while to relieve some discomfort. The procedure had already been rescheduled once, so to say I was eager to get it done and behind me is a big old understatement.… read more
Sometimes it seems that the bible contradicts itself.
For example: how can Christ be spacious, yet the door to the kingdom of heaven is narrow?
I think instances like this are an invitation to dig in deeper, search harder, seek further and pray for understanding.… read more
The kids and I spent a day last week with my sister (in-law) and her boys at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. It was extraordinarily hot and humid, but we enjoyed our time there in the beauty of the gardens and in the company of some of our favorite people.… read more
I think it’s so easy for us to wonder why God allows certain circumstances to come in our lives and to question His plans. I’ve learned, and continue to learn, that there are a couple of things I need to remind myself of frequently, like pretty much daily, and especially in hard times:
- I am not God.
This letter to myself at sixteen was originally posted on my old blog on October 12, 2012.
You are so young, so tiny, so new still to the world, to this life. Oh, and the world? It will attempt, many times with great success, to beat you up and drag you down.… read more
I am a self-proclaimed collector of words and when I stumbled upon kintsukuroi and it’s meaning, I immediately loved it. It’s the Japanese art form of “repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.” And isn’t that what the Lord does with each of His children time and again in this life?… read more