On Wednesday, May 30 th, 2007
Thinking on service, one of the daily Seven Rungs: “labor: a way of serving“…serving the elderly… serving community…serving family… : “Once a month, you may wish to plan a service project that the family can do together. This not only allows you to practice serving others, but it gives you shared experience.” ~Five Signs of a Lov...
On Thursday, May 24 th, 2007
Elizabeth Elliot: “Each Christian is a dispenser… All that I have is meant to contribute to the needs of others, and what I need will be supplied through God’s dispensers. Thus He unifies and harmonizes the whole church, which is his body, making each dispenser indispensable, for each dispenses a grace which is peculiarly his.” Simply Charlotte Mason: ...
On Saturday, May 12 th, 2007
From the archives… a piece that received Heather Ivester’s (of Mom2Mom Connection) beautiful book: From a Daughter’s Heart to Her Mom: 50 Reflections on Living Well I became a mother on the eve of Mother’s Day. And when they placed that vernix-covered , wrinkled babe into my 21-year old arms that muggy Saturday evening in May, no wave of relief, or ecstasy ...
On Friday, May 11 th, 2007
I sat on the edge of the bed last night, Darryl softly filling the night silence with slumber breaths. In the wave of the old glass mirror, I could see my Grandmother’s brown quilted sampler hanging on the far wall. Before me were the nine-patch squares of my mother’s wall hanging. Stitches to be fingered, run along to memories and heart places. But what would I h...
On Thursday, May 10 th, 2007
Heading north down the field I had vision, that endless blue sky stretching out like a royal canopy under which we could ride to where earth meets the heavens. But at the northern headland, I’d throttle back on that 175 horsepower tractor, pull the hydraulic lever up to raise those 30 feet of steel teeth digging deep behind me, wind that steering wheel hard to the right, thro...
On Wednesday, May 02 nd, 2007
“I think I am going a touch crazy.” The words catch in my throat somewhere in the midst of scratching casserole remains from the corners of a 9 by 13 pan and monitoring piano practices. Maybe another day I could have found something to feebly chuckle about through the choking words, but today stinging tears of exhaustion and hopelessness blur my vision. From my vantage poin...
On Tuesday, April 03 rd, 2007
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~R.L.Stevenson
On Friday, March 23 rd, 2007
“Your kingdom come“…. means “my kingdom go.” Lord, I want Your way today…Your Kingdom, Your will, Your purposes. Let me be crucified. Let me decrease. Let me forsake my kingdom so Yours may come.
On Friday, February 23 rd, 2007
“…and with him comes my own heart.” Philemon 1:12 “…the child’s most fixed and dominant habits are those which the mother takes no pains about, but which the child picks up for himself through his close observation of all that is said and done, felt and thought, in his home.” ~Charlotte Mason Father, these children will take my heart and my example out into the wo...
On Wednesday, February 14 th, 2007
“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God,by obeying His voice,and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life… “ ~Deu. 30:20
On Tuesday, February 13 th, 2007
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith.” ~1 Tim. 1:5 Lord, there it is: the point of my instruction in this home. Love. And Love can only come from Pure hearts, Clear Consciences, A Genuine Faith. Will You instruct me on how to instruct them in what the pu...
On Wednesday, January 10 th, 2007
“We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship with Christ.That’s why I work and struggle, so hard,depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” ~Col. 3:28 Lord, the flakes are falling softly here, in the morning quiet. I will work and struggle today… it will be hard.But what will work in me will be greater, mightier. Yo...