“Can you let me worry about it, please?”

Can you let me worry about it, please? These are words I utter on a regular basis in my house. My eight-year-old is a worrier. He likes to know what’s going on. He likes to supervise. And he likes to let you know if there’s something that doesn’t seem like it’s going the way he…
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The Gift of Peace

On many holidays, my sweet husband would ask what I would like as a gift. My response was almost always the same: I would like PEACE from my four delightful and totally normal children. No arguing, no complaining, no frustrations or fighting. Just peace. The funny thing is, though, that after all of these years,…
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When the Righteous Cry for Help

I had a really tough day about eight months ago. Tougher than my usual “tough days”. My 2 ½ year old daughter, Ellie, was brushing her teeth and she fell off her step stool and hit her chin on the marble bathroom counter and then hit the ground. As I lifted her up in the…
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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14) As someone who grew up in the church, these verses are very familiar to me. It’s a passage I’ve read…
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Sometimes Dads are Right

As an adolescent, my dad had a unique way of getting into my head before I left the house. He was never much of a lecturer, but he did have a way of getting his point across without saying much. Instead of telling me that he didn’t approve of the clothes I was wearing, the…
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My Sheep Hear My Voice

Do you long to hear God’s voice? Take heart, he is speaking to you. From Genesis to Revelation, God repeatedly reveals himself to people through things like dreams, visions, metaphors, angels, his audible voice, and a burning bush. All throughout scripture, he demonstrates his heart’s desire to reveal himself to his children. I believe God…
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Patience. Yeah, that happened once.

When I was a brand new mom, I thought I was going to be different than other moms – I would be patient and able to reason with my children; I would be able to gently teach them in all subject matters. Oh yes, that was the plan! Then we had four kids … and…
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Called Away

Once there was a beautiful castle on a beautiful hill, and a great king lived there. Surrounding the castle was a city full of homes, beautiful parks, and ditches flowing with dirty water. Garbage heaps piled up in dark alleys behind well-lit restaurants. In one of these alleys lived a little girl. No one knew…
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Joy, Bubbling from Within

On a recent gorgeous summer day, I was with my free-spirited, full of life, 3-year old granddaughter. We ended up at a small water fountain park which was completely deserted except for us. As I sat on a bench in the warm sunshine watching her, I marveled at her pure joy. PURE INNOCENT JOY. She…
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You are Chosen

You. Are. Chosen. Let your heart absorb these words. Painful memories of not being chosen lurk within every one of us. Life on a fallen planet sends the message that we are not chosen. We’ve felt the pang of being excluded from birthday parties, clinging tightly to our tear stained pillow in the aftermath of…
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