On Sunday, February 04 th, 2007
Life is so hard. And so surprisingly easy. Abide. That is it. One word. Starts with the first letter of the alphabet: A. Four more simple letters. All I have to remember. All I have to do. All I was made for. Abide. “And now, little children, abide in Him…” (1 Jn 2:28). Even little children can do that. Live, breathe, think, move in Jesus.Remain in Him who made me, who pr...
On Thursday, February 01 st, 2007
Hanging the streamers, heart cut-outs and doilies from the ceiling for our annual Valentine’s party, Joshua steals the tape from Caleb, Hope shoves Levi for taking the heart she wanted to hang, and Malakai screams at Shalom for scribbling crayon all over the once white doilies. Welcome to a typical love fest, complete with tears and howling, in this wild and...
On Wednesday, January 17 th, 2007
Sickness comes quietly, unexpectedly.Aching ear drums, rolling tummies, burning cheeks.Yet illness always comes accompanied.Love sweeps in behind. Prayers whispered by big sisters.Cool drinks for sore throats brought by little brothers.A little one bursts into tears, “I am so sad that our baby is sick.Can I hold her too?”Two weary parents keep the night watches,whis...
On Saturday, December 16 th, 2006
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 Freedom is giving up something you want to have something you want more.~Elisabeth Elliot Father, make me want loving like You love… more than anyt...
On Monday, November 27 th, 2006
A note left in my inbox, from the very wise Elise of Joy in the Morning …. words I don’t want to forget, but scratch on my heart: “[Thinking on our life as gift] is so timely, as we come into a season that tends to be full of “what I want”. I try to remind myself of life as gift when there is a spill on the carpet, or marks on the...
On Saturday, November 25 th, 2006
There are some gifts I have unwrapped, like that glass reindeer salt and pepper shaker set from a most kind uncle who shall, out of respect, remain nameless, over which I have smiled sweetly, expressed genuine gratitude…. and quietly set a storage room shelf in the basement, never to use. I can receive a gift, accept a gift, acknowledge the gift, be thank...
On Sunday, November 19 th, 2006
Tomorrow is Sunday… the Son’s Day… our Lord’s Day. The house is quiet here now. The children are sleeping. I can hear their breaths, long and slow, heavy in slumber. One week ended. The next ready to begin. A week of days, each one a choice. Will I simply wave? Or will I run with delight?
On Monday, September 18 th, 2006
Ringing in my ears, reverberating in the canyon of my soul, shaking the foundations of me:“If loving God with all our heart and soul and might is the greatest commandment, then it follows that not loving him that way is the greatest sin.” ~R.A. TorreyLord, I read the words again…and tremble. How do I love You? It’s more than do I know You…more than...