Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wait Right Here

Wait Right Here

Mom moments are full of teaching experiences and some of them even benefit our children.

One of my mom moment memories happened when our son was about 3 years old. I had taken him to the mall to burn off a little energy.  We were having fun just walking around and looking at store windows when….

All of a sudden he looked up at me and said, “You wait here Mommy, I’ll be right back.”

He started to run off and for just a moment I was speechless. Thankfully, I regained my senses and yelled,  “I don’t think so! Come back here right now!”

Thankfully He turned on his heels and returned.

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Carefree in the Care of God

Consider the Birds

He squeals in delight and I can’t help but chuckle. His 5 year-old arms, spread wide, wave wildly as he tests how fast and far his legs can take him.

I watch long and can’t help but feel even his play is an act of worship. For he holds nothing back and makes reckless abandon look easy. What freedom…

The sparrows’ chorus catches my attention and I tell my blue-eyed boy they are encouraging him along. He stops his own flight, looks up towards the branches of the cottonwood and exclaims plainly: “Mom, the birds always sing.” And while skipping off, he joins in…

All day, I carried that thought around with me.

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Surprised by Joy!

The early morning sun is usually warm on my back while I search though the leaves and vines. It’s a contented feeling to harvest what we had hoped and waited for. Our garden seems to be overflowing at the moment. The tomatoes have synchronized turning from green to red, zucchini are abundant, and beans…oh the beans!  They seem to grow overnight, and just  when I think they may be ending, along comes another round. They’re fresh, healthy and we’re grateful for the provision!

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With the exception of tomatoes, (whose bright red beauty always catches my eye)I have to search for garden goodness.

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To Simply Glorify

She opens her eyes slowly, taking in the angle of the light hitting the walls, listening for the sounds of her offspring, wondering if she has slept late. She collects her thoughts, separating the real from the fantasy of her dreams, making mental lists of what must be done and deciding what should be done first. Does she have time for a walk? Will her husband be able to talk for a minute before he leaves for work?

Often, she busies herself before her mind wanders too far. All too familiar is the path toward discontent, beginning with a scream or the sound of something hitting the floor, ending with tears and sobs getting closer to the bedroom door.

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How to Satisfy Your Thirst

 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. ~Isaiah 12:3

In a recent attempt to draw closer to the Lord in prayer through fasting, I pondered the most basic of all needs.

Our need for water.

It seems obvious that we need water, of course. And who can argue with the reality that our body is made up of 60-75% water.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Water is vital to every living form of life.

Water is needful for our survival.  Take away water completely and you have roughly 3 days to live, because the physiological functions of your organs will fail.

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God is Never Off-line

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Last week, when my kids were still in school, I took my car to the dealership to get it serviced. When I went into the waiting room, I found a table to sit at and got my laptop out. I clicked to connect to the wireless network and smiled at the thought of an uninterrupted hour of getting things done online.

But then an error popped up on my screen, saying I needed a password to log in. I tried clicking on the network again. It still didn’t work.

I got up and went to the front desk and asked if there was a password I should use.

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6 Secret Ingredients for Contentment

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Oh, the bliss of sinking my teeth into a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie!

I love to collect recipes. Folks are often willing to share, but every now and then, someone answers, “It’s my grandmother’s secret recipe.”

Some secrets are made for sharing, and the secret ingredients of contentment are blessings to spice up a life well lived.

Personally, I would love to simply order contentment like a favorite dessert. I state my order, and presto…a friendly waiter serves contentment, along with a tasty side of joy. With each bite, I unfold the warmth of contentment, letting go of all the concerns that stir up disappointment or restlessness in my ever-wanting heart.

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God is Everywhere

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I struggle to see God but I believe He is here.

I believe He is everywhere and daily I search for Him. Daily I pray for Him to reveal Himself to me, to show me His presence, and remind me of His love for me.

Today, I want to encourage you with something that I believe He spoke into my heart one morning while studying my children’s new grammar for their upcoming school year. I won’t go into details but that morning I read in two different places of how God was in the details of our life. When I read them, I just stopped and smiled.

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