Passionate Pursuit {day 7}: Approach

New .... School. Class. Team. Activity. Job. Relationship. Season. City. Ongoing .... Heartache. Health struggle. Relationship challenge. Academic pain. Image issues. How do we approach these? What do we want our child's approach to be? "Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in…

Passionate Pursuit {day 4}: Security

Some days are just really hard. For us. For our child. For others we care about. And if you string a few such days together, the ground can begin to feel like quicksand. Until We remember Who holds the ground - and us. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew…

Because We Don’t Know

I sat on her bed where she lay, a cumulative exhaustion weighing her down. "You're sweet to come. How's everybody?" Catching her up on our family, her familiar smile emerged. For as long as I've known her, I've admired her perseverance and faith as she faced one physical hurdle after another. Whether our conversation was about…

When Worry Turns Our Head

"This little one is due in October, so I'm trying to spend extra time with the girls. I'm nervous about having 3 children." "He just started middle school. I'm more concerned about the social aspect than the academics." "We're trying a new school; she was being bullied at her old one. Hopefully, she'll make a…

Coulda…Shoulda…Woulda…

"Maybe you aren't supposed to - this year." Through a knowing smile her gentle words permeated my heart. It was Christmas Eve. Our family had just enjoyed dinner with friends. As we're leaving, she quietly handed me a gift. Thanking her, I sighed with frustration, "Ughhh, I wasn't able to bake cookies for friends this…

When Our Plan Changes

"So what's the plan?" Over the past few weeks, each of our kids has asked us this. We're moving again. Packing up.  Saying good-bye to friends. A change of plan, the unexpected. We didn't see it coming. I'm glad nothing takes God by surprise. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are…

From Tears to Triumph

Recently, I had shoulder surgery.  That was the easy part.  Surviving the first week of physical therapy "home-work" almost did me in.  To distract myself from the pain, I listened to lively worship music. One morning was especially tough.  I was tired, hurting, impatient to be well, and struggling to see the light at the…