Although it’s been a few years since we’ve seen them, these ducks are welcomed guests. And we are not just talking about a few. No, there are hundreds of ducks wintering here.
As I was sitting on the deck taking in some warm sun yesterday, something odd caught my eye.
These ducks were chasing each other around the pond. They were biting one another and quacking in frustration and disgust. It was a pretty loud and chaotic situation.
But in the middle of this huge flock of ducks just hanging out… was a goose. Being twice their size, this gentle intruder stood out like a sore thumb.
His cover was blown.
Why do we allow Satan’s voice to interrupt our joy so easily?
How many times have you walked out of Bible study where you just had 2 hours of God’s love and truth poured into your thirsty hearts and spirits, and you started feeling oogie about the comment you shared in group.
Or when was the last time you were jammin’ to some Christian tunes and an ugly thought popped into your head about the fight you had that morning and suddenly, you’re angry again.
What about when you walked to your car after a great church service and noticed that the woman walking in front of you looked 10x better than you do in those jeans, and suddenly you felt ugly and unlovable. Read More→
It was time for a change.
Sara was ready to leave her Sleeping Beauty Pink walls and Tink Pink trim behind and graduate to a more “big girl” color in her bedroom. So at her request, we painted our daughter’s room. .
This was a familiar feeling.
We’d repainted this room many times before, each change in hue reflecting a new stage in her life.
As we rolled the new color over the old, it made me a little sad to see her leave yet another phase in her life. Sara had been the biggest Disney Princess fan, but it was time to say goodbye. Read More→
I’m all alone in my house.
The kids are at school. My husband is at work. I can smell the coffee brewing in the kitchen and all I can hear is the hum of the filter in the aquarium.
I don’t have to try to hear over the noise. I’m not fighting for attention. There are no small people tugging on me to feed them or scratch their back.
While I love how well my family fills our home with excitement, I relish times like these because I can sit and soak and listen for God to speak. It’s just me and Him… and I am a captive audience.
It’s one of the ways I fill my bucket.
The truth is that we all need our buckets filled. All too often, we neglect them and they… dry up. And when we are parched, there is nothing left to give those we love. Read More→
A friend of mine highlighted this passage of Scripture for me the other day. The entire chapter of Isaiah 61 is about proclaiming God’s favor.
She read it over me, declaring it for my new year.
These words… this declaration… holds great power.
And to be honest, I want this to be the year when the Lord pours a double portion of favor over me… over my family… and over the ministry God has called me to.
I want all He has for me.
Do you want the same? Read More→
What is your response when God asks you to do something?
- Running away screaming like a little girl?
- Digging in your heels and refusing to budge?
- Plugging your ears and singing la-la-la-la?
- Acting like you didn’t know He was talking to you?
- Or raising your hand and saying, “Count me in!”
You get to choose how you respond. It’s your decision to make.
BUT… there is a right choice and a wrong choice. Read More→
As I was running out the door yesterday, I grabbed a granola Bar.
It wasn’t that I was hungry. I just wasn’t sure how long I’d be gone and I wanted to have this snack “just in case” my tummy started to growl in hunger.
Just in case.
Sometimes I wonder if our faith is like that.
- Do we ask God for wisdom, but go ahead and move forward just in case the opportunity passes?
- Do we become a Christ-follower but dabble in other religions just in case we’ve got it wrong?
- Do we feel a firm leading from God, but take the other path just in case He changes His mind?
- Do we turn our problems over to Him, but still hang on a little… just in case it’s not being resolved as we’d like?
- Do we keep a tight grip on certain areas of our lives rather than trust God with them just in case He let’s us down?
Do we have “just in case” faith because we doubt God’s faithfulness? Do we just not trust Him?
Maybe we need to rethink this. Read More→
As I tucked my daughter into bed last night, she said… “Mom, are you stressed?”
How did she know?
Was she asking because we couldn’t find her snow boots and I was stomping around the house looking for them?
Was it my harsh tone of voice at dinner when she wouldn’t focus on eating and I had to threaten a grounding?
Was it the nasty glance I gave her when she kept talking to me while I was trying to answer a work email?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)
I had coffee the other day with one of my closest friends. While we don’t connect often, our hearts are knit together in Christ and I just adore her.
One of my favorite things about this friend is that she’s one of the most intentional mothers I’ve ever met.
Not a perfect mom… but a purposeful one.
To be honest, she’s actually that way in all areas of her world. She loves to bless others through her creativity… her cooking… and her compassionate heart.
Oh, she encourages me!
In our time together, she shared stories of three different people in her circle that had recently experienced some profound “come-to-Jesus” moments.
With tears in her eyes, she told me what God was doing in each of their lives. She was celebrating that they were beginning to get it. Read More→