Monthly Archives: August 2008

Fighting the Good Fight

I’ve been fighting a war for years…and losing. Though there has been no bloodshed and death, the war is real and damaging, mostly to myself but also to those I care about most. Some days the battles are fierce and endless, and I bow my head in defeat. Other days I withstand the enemy and claim victory, knowing that tomorrow will be another day and another battle.

I’ve won the first battle of the flesh the today. I woke up at 6:30 am and though I battled whether or not to roll over and stay in bed, my flesh lost and here I am.

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What Have You Done?

My mum very kindly picked me up from the airport on my first trip back home this year and needed to fill up the car at the airport service station before heading home. Because there were so many cars waiting for petrol, my mum decided to park in the only vacant petrol bay which meant the fuel tank was on the far side of the car and the pump and hose would have to reach over the back of the car in order to fill up. She has a small car so she didn’t think this would be a problem and placed the nozzle in the tank and looked at the bowser to see the cost as she proceeded to pull the lever and start filling up the car.

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A Confidence Like No Other

Yesterday, my daughter was sitting at the kitchen table doing homework for cheer as I was getting dinner ready. Her squad had been talking about respect and confidence all week, and she was filling out a questionnaire to turn in.

She read the first question out loud…

“Name one of the most confident people you know.â€

I thought for sure she’d write Miley Cyrus, or one of the Jonas Brothers, or maybe one of her own friends.

But instead she wrote…


When I saw her answer, I was surprised.

Because, as a people pleaser and a perfectionist, I wouldn’t say I’ve always been the most confident person.

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My Flabby Flesh

No, I’m not taking about the extra baby fat I can’t seem to get rid of. I’m talking about the lazy, selfish part of me that gets tired of doing the right thing. Well, I’m glad I didn’t listen to my flesh yesterday because my obedience really blessed someone in need.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up Galatians 6:9 NIV

I have a friend with Cerebral Palsy whom I have helped care for in college and, on occasion, over the last six years.

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What hill are you dying on?

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

Our youngest son Samuel was thrilled when we signed him up for soccer. At seven years old, nothing screamed “cool” like a reversible soccer jersey. He wore that jersey the whole next week to school. As my youngest of four children, that wasn’t a hill that I was willing to die on. My oldest child Meghan would have never experienced a week-long fashion statement when she was seven. Mainly because I would never have let her. That was a hill I would have died on as a new mom.

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God Cares About The Details

Ever had those days when you felt you were throwing up emergency prayers that seemed unimportant in the big scheme of things? You know the ones. “Lord, please let me find my car keys or I’m going to be late, again.” “Lord, please let me find a parking place close to the door, because I have to get these children and all this stuff in that store quickly in the rain.” “Lord, please let her poop in the potty this time.” “Lord, please let my child sleep through the night, because I have to get some sleep.”

If you are a mom, I’m sure you’ve prayed one or more of these prayers on some occasion.

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How’s That For A Job Description!

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God – the gospel he promised beforehand…” Rom 1:1

Set apart for the gospel of God, that’s an awesome thought! Paul was chosen and set apart for a purpose, a plan prepared thousands of years beforehand, and he was selected to be a part of taking that good news to the world.

Isn’t it great to be a part of something bigger than you? Like being in a team who are accomplishing together, so much more than any individual can do. It was an awesome experience to be a part of the team that ran a women’s conference this year where we saw 200 ladies come and worship together, hear some great teaching and be equipped to be God’s woman in their life and community.

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Quench Your Thirst

Yesterday, when I dropped my daughter off at her two-hour cheerleading practice, I sent her with a huge bottle of water. And because it was so hot outside, I packed one for myself too.

After dropping her off, I went to the community center down the street to get some writing done.

About an hour later, when I lifted my water bottle to take a sip, I realized I’d already finished it. And when I picked up my daughter at the end of her practice, hers was empty too.

In the heat, we’d polished them off. But, we were still thirsty.

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