For two years she has wanted simply to be seen. For much longer than that, really, but especially since the move away from all she’d known. From all her children had known. From being known. (Because back then and there she had been seen and known through years of friendships that felt like favorite shirts and Sunday after Sunday surrounded by the same church family and living in close proximity to actual by blood family.) So if she ever felt unknown and unseen back then and there, it felt nothing like after the move.… read more
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Amid the swirling fears of the unknown and the losses stacked higher than the victories, a question kept bubbling up to the surface of my mind: Will you trust Me still? And I decided that no matter what lay ahead for us, we could not let anything obscure our view of the God who inexplicably gave us everything, even in the taking away.
It’s been ten years without you here.
No one can tell me that God doesn’t work miracles in the everyday mundane. We wondered how we’d ever make it without you – but the sun kept rising day after day and the pages of the calendar kept turning and the children keep getting taller and every bit of it is made up of miracles.… read more
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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.
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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.
It’s happened to me. It happened just this morning.
I had dropped Elijah off at school and was taking the usual route home. A little longer route than the way I drive down there, simply to avoid the rush headed back north to downtown.… read more
Here we are, at the beginning of a new year. A fresh start. A (sort of) blank slate.
There are many things I’d love to resolve to do or change or try. But I don’t have the best history with resolutions, so I don’t much make them anymore.… read more
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
For the past few years I have tried so hard to do an advent reading with the kids, but it’s not something I’ve been totally successful with as of yet. Try as I might, December nights are crazy (like all other school nights of the year) and the serene, unrushed time of reading that I imagine and long for just doesn’t happen.… read more
Right or wrong, we generally try hard to protect our kids from watching the news. They know there is evil in the world, but I guess we just want to protect them from the details for now. Yesterday during a football game, a news bit came on that left Elijah asking what happened in Paris.… read more