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Therefore, my brother, who would learn to abide in Jesus, take time each day, ere you read, and while you read, and after you read, to put yourself into living contact with the living Jesus, to yield yourself distinctly and consciously to His blessed influence; so will you give Him the opportunity of taking hold of you, of drawing you up and keeping you safe in His almighty life.
There have only been a handful of times I can say that God spoke clearly right to my soul. Usually I process what He’s “telling” me slowly over time. But that morning before Si was born, it was obvious and sudden.… read more
I remember well the first time I ever read Welcome to Holland. I was in my second quarter at Auburn University in an Introduction to Special Education Class that I took as a precursor to beginning the Communication Disorders program.… read more
Over the years, I’ve had many things given to me — plenty of them important and many of them less important. Too many gifts over time to remember them all, of course, but when I read the gratitude challenge prompt for this week, it quickly came to me what I want to share about.… read more
My Milla Jean,
You’re very beginning was in itself a beautiful revelation of God’s goodness and faithfulness, in all circumstances.
He put you on both my heart and your daddy’s at a time when it seemed completely crazy and slightly irresponsible to have a fourth child.… 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
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I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
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