Savor the moment

Today I was reminded of the beauty of a child’s smile. I go through life directing my kids and trying to lead them down the right path but many times I miss a moment. You know that special moment when your child displays a smile from the joy that is burning inside of them. You know the joy that is so infectious just spewing out of a child. I’ve encouraged so many women to “Savor the Moment”. Take a mental picture and keep it in the forefront of your mind and ponder on it and let that joy fill you up, let it be infectious. For those of us who are foster or adoptive parents these moments are far and few between in the beginning. And what about having teenagers going through puberty and we no longer recognize our child. This is when we need to go back to those...

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Girls

Never have I seen a generation of girls including mine that are so concerned about themselves and what they have and what they want. Girls seem to want what others have including freedom at such young ages. So what happens they cultivate jealousy, anger, envy and pissy attitudes. In other words they just get mean when they don’t have their way especially during puberty. Ladies this is the next generation and some of these girls will be leaders in church one day. If we are not being kindhearted and we walk around with a critical tongue how will our daughters be affected. If we don’t consider others more important then ourselves (especially our husbands) why would we expect our daughters to be nice to their siblings. Did it ever dawn on you how we talk to our...

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Christmas Gifts

Today as I  look out the window and see a wet and rainy day I am reminded Christmas is around the corner. I cant help reminiscing about the many celebrations I have been a part of. Some good, some bad, some happy, and some sad. But today I think about Mary how must she have felt celebrating her son’s birthday knowing one day he would be brutally taken away from her. Christmas is a wonderful time of year filled with festivities, family, food and kids  filled with joyful excitement. But I confess my heart is no longer in it. I cant help the thought that Jesus was born to die and some how the whole thought of his real purpose gets lost in all the worldly celebration. As I look at the Christmas cross that hangs in my kitchen I am reminded of the most important...

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Rocky Road

Sometimes as I walk the journey God has put before me I stumble and fall. I am so busy and in a hurry to get where I am going, I don’t stop and pick up the obstacles that cause me to slip and fall. What a “Dufus” I am, if only I stopped and took the time to pick up the the stuff that so easy entangles me and throw it away. Once again the enemy has bamboozled me I am so busy being busy I am blinded at what lies ahead. If I would just stop, look up, follow and listen I could make the next journey a little easier. Why is it we walk ahead of Jesus so filled with pride thinking “we got this one” as we pass him on the way. We need to be so totally dependent on the one who walked the journey long ago and cleared a path for us to walk. Not only did God send his son...

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Create in me a “Clean Heart”

As I sit here getting ready to spend time with my precious king I find myself reminiscing over the past week. I cant help but wonder how he finds time to hear my petitions and why he stops to answer them. I am dumfounded to think here is the God of the universe who holds everything together and still listens and answers my prayers. I am shamed at the thought that more times then not my prayers are one petition after another. Its like I am a young child sitting on Santa Clause’s lap asking him for one gift after another. Why do I forget I am bowing down before the “KING of KINGS, the great EL SHADAI, and most amazingly the “I AM THAT I AM. Once again I am humbled to think my joy and focus should be on the glory of my “GOD”. When I...

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