Shaken Faith

I’ve been away from writing for a while, but I’m excited to be back. Join me over at The Family Road Map where I’m sharing about finding faith in the midst of a scary illness.

Her eyes filled with tears as she looked at me across the table. Her thoughts were roaming as she awaited her turn. Aces played and then a diamond run to compliment my hand. I stared back at her as one after another took their turn with the hand they were dealt. She’s a natural card player, almost always beating the rest of us. At only 9 she’s found the ability to focus on what is in front of her and foresee the possibilities to come.

But this night, something else was on her mind. “What if you get sick again?

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The Many Faces of Mothering Part 4

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you sweet, hard working mamas! Today and through this series, we celebrate you…your journey, your sacrifices, your love, your faithfulness, your trust in the Lord. (If you are just joining us, get caught up with part 1, part 2, and part 3)Wendy Munsell blesses us with sweet encouragement and a reminder that God’s plans are always best.

Far More Abundantly

If anyone had told me when I was a girl that I would grow up to have seven kids and eventually 18 grandchildren I would have said they were crazy! The only families I had ever heard of that were that large were on TV. And although family life as portrayed on The Walton’s and The Brady Bunch looked fascinating it was certainly never anything I longed for myself.

 

Besides, I had a plan. I was going to grow up and become a brain surgeon! That was the most difficult and important sounding job I could think when I was a child and I desperately wanted, no, needed, to be someone who mattered.

 

But God interrupted my craving for validation and status with His own plans for my greater good.

The Many Faces of Mothering

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Fighting with Your “Spirited” Child

So, maybe you’re the mom to a child who seems to challenge you on every level.

You’ve read all the books and listened to all the advice from discipline techniques, reward programs, and food dyes. You’ve endured judgment and stares and tears in the car…and the bathroom…and the kitchen. You’ve felt the overwhelming burden of raising such a child and responded with both grace and haste to the calling before you.

You are a mother to a “spirited” child.

 

Maybe that child is no longer little and you’re wondering, worrying what the future holds.

Fighting with Your Spirited Child

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Yay Mama!

When she took her first steps, she stopped to clap for herself. After rolling a ball, she claps. Tell her to blow a kiss and you’ll get the sweetest little kiss joyfully blown your way, and happy applauding to follow.

She sees herself the loving way we see her, the way God sees her in all her beauty.

Join me over at Me Too Moments for Moms as I talk about the way our self image changes over the years, and how we need to hold onto who we are in Christ.

Yay Mama!

Choosing One Word…His

One word.

Everyone seems to be picking one as a theme for their year. It’s all the buzz on social media. It was an idea presented to me from a writing group, but then I began to see it everywhere. Immediately I felt a pressure to have a word. I mean I must need one word, right?

Choosing One Word

The thing is I’m not really a one word kinda gal. I mean I’m a writer. There are words floating around in my head endlessly, and to pick one…one single word to define 366 days (It’s a leap year, folks!)…well, the pressure was more than I could take.

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When We Are Called

Called to Holy Work

“Even you can understand that work in the church is of greater importance than work done in the secular world.”

The words hung in the air for a moment, like a shocking Sunday comic balloon. My gracious husband just smiled. I didn’t know how to respond. These words were from a pastor, a pastor we had come to have great respect.

The conversation moved on from there and we never revisited it with him. It was a church we had frequented for only a short time before God called us elsewhere. I’ve replayed the conversation in my head from time to time. I actually don’t think that sweet, man of the cloth, meant to be demeaning to us at all. I think He meant to have us understand the weight of responsibility that resides on His shoulders, the shoulders of one called to lead the lost and shepherd the found. He was certainly called to holy work, work that no doubt kept him up in prayer, visiting hospital beds, reaching out to lost souls. I’m certain it strained and weighed and drove him nearer to the cross, which I’m sure is what he meant.

Those words stung though. What if God doesn’t call us to be a pastor or missionary? Are we somehow less than?

Join me at Me Too Moments for Moms to see how significant our calling is…

Restoring Your Marriage; Stale, Strong, or Buried

“I get the dog.”

Before kids, before I gave my life to Christ, I nearly gave up on my marriage. I didn’t really know what a good marriage looked like. I didn’t know how to be a good wife, and I was failing miserably. I thought for sure we were headed to divorce and I resigned my broken heart to clamping down on the rights to our precious dog, a 90lb brindle boxer named Murphy.

Restoring Your Marriage_ Stale, Strong,

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Breaking Down a Fortress of Shame

There was a time when I longed to be remembered for physical beauty and unattainable perfection.

A time when the pain stung from saying goodbye to a dear friend and my brother’s untimely departure. A time when wounds ran deep and loss seemed second nature.

It was before Jesus, before I gave my life to Him. I grew up in the church, but I believed God to be too busy world watching to care about my anguish. He seemed too big to notice me. It was a time before the Word took place in my heart and moved my life forward.

Breaking Down a Fortress of Shame

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Telling My Children the Truth About the World They Live In

I’m staring at this sweet little face. Her smile lights the room and her deep blue eyes stare back at mine. She coos at giddy attention and toys that hang over head. She is content with her world. And sometimes I wonder how I will tell her all the things I’ll need to tell her. How will I tell her what awaits her in the not so distant future, the days when she is looking into the eyes of her precious blessing wondering the same thing?

Her 5 siblings run and play in our rain forest backyard, comfortable in their own little world. Confident in the truth they hear, read, and feel. Confident in His word and His voice in their hearts. And I worry. I worry about all that will fall upon them as the years pass. All that will face them as they grow. All that their hearts will need to contend with as they raise their own families and forge their own paths. I pray fervently that their paths will be His path, that their ways will be His ways. I pray and I pray. I worry about the time to come and I worry about the now. I wonder how I will tell them all they will need to know. All that awaits their world.

Telling My Children the Truth About the World

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Death By Pinterest, Not Allowing Social Media to Dictate Who We Are

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It was my four year old’s birthday party. The day I fondly remember as when my sanity jumped the shark. If you weren’t a “Happy Days” fan back in the day then you’ll just have to stick with me to know what I mean. (Or, you can always Google.) My sweet little guy was turning 4 and decided he wanted a train party, not really because he loved trains. He just couldn’t think of anything else. I thought I would try to make it the most memorable I-just-picked-a-random-theme-for-a-birthday-celebration-with-extended-family-party that I possibly could.

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