Monthly Archives: April 2013

Psalm 145 for People Who Fail

Rainbow over Norwegian CountrysideI’ve read Psalm 145 dozens of times, but the other day it grabbed my attention like never before.

King David – giant killer, warrior, adulterer, murderer . . . and “man after God’s own heart.”

Let’s take a closer look at his words:

I will exalt You, my God and King, and praise Your name forever and ever.
I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise You forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure His greatness.v.1-3

“I will”  – not I’ll try, but I will. I promise.

“To extol” – the Hebrew word for extol here is ruwm.

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Wearing My 40’s Proudly

Birthday Cupcake With Lit CandleThis week is my birthday. 🙂

I’ve always loved my birthday. (Even if there were a couple of years when moving into the next decade was a little hard to swallow.)

I wonder if God is like a parent—anxious to help His child celebrate her day.

Reminiscing…I remember the day I thought of you. How I enjoyed deciding exactly how to create you! The gifts and skills you would have…the plans I made for you.

And disappointed when we grumble about getting older.

My grandma wore the title of senior citizen proudly. She loved her birthday and until her last few years when she didn’t feel well, she just kept going, keeping busy and enjoying life.

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Rest Area Closed

rest area closed3

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31)

I was helping her wash her hair in the bathtub when it happened. I was called out by my 9 year old. Once again, we were rushing to get ready to go somewhere and as usual, I was hurrying her along. While “discussing” the fact we were running late, she said it. “Mom, I don’t want to be like you, you are always tired and irritable because you are always running around too busy and in a hurry. You need to rest more.”

Dagger to the heart.

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Welcome To The Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2013
Welcome to 5 Minutes for Faith! We are so glad that you stopped over from the Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Moms.  

The purpose of this site is to encourage you and share God’s grace with you when you need it the most. Every day we all face struggles, disappointments and difficulties. We sometimes feel as if we are on our journey alone … that is where we want to make a difference in your day. We invite you to join us and learn from our wonderful contributors (and guests) who will be offering you sound Biblically based thoughts throughout the week.

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Why We Need to Quiet Our Minds

As mamas, we carry heavy loads. There are so many details to remember. In my own mind right now, these swirling; kids doctor’s appointment, paper work for records transfer, math tests graded for the math tutor tomorrow, transcript send from this college to the other, graduation save the dates and announcements, lunch, laundry, writing this post and so many more.

And those are just immediate needs my mind is reeling about. How about past decisions, missed appointments and opportunities, regrets?

Do you ever find yourself replaying past events and decisions in your mind, overanalyzing them, wondering and worrying about what you could have done different?

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In the Way He Should Go

Train a child

I had just finished my Ph.D. in clinical psychology when we started our family. I approached motherhood like I did every other part of my life: I studied it. I would buy books and read all kinds about the best way to parent. I was confident that my training and reading would make things go the way they should.

The Potty Training Test

When my first son was around 18 months, I had him sit on the potty chair. Nothing happened. When I asked him to sit on it the next time, he was a little less enthused. A few more repetitions and he really didn’t want to sit, so I let it go.

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