Slow Learner, Patient God

Slow Learner, Patient God

My youngest daughter has a much higher tolerance for clutter than I do. As a mother I want to teach her good habits, and when I see the bathroom is strewn again with all the accoutrements that a teenage girl needs to get ready for the day it gets rather frustrating. Often I think “why […]

New Year Twinkle Lights

New Year Twinkle Lights

Psalm 31:3-4, 23-24 For you are my rock and my fortress;     and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,     for you are my refuge…. Love the Lord, all you his saints!     The Lord preserves the faithful     but abundantly […]

Joy in the Waiting

Joy in the Waiting

“Mommy, mommy, mommy! MOMMY MOMMY!!!” As my child calls for me with increasing urgency and volume, I try to quickly finish rinsing the heavy pan I have been washing, dry my hands, and go to him. It doesn’t take long, but that doesn’t matter to my son – I didn’t come immediately and he is […]

Not Your Hallmark Christmas

Not Your Hallmark Christmas

Every year as the Christmas season approaches, my daughters and I look forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies. We love the romance and sparkle and magic that emanates from the screen. We love walking with the guy and the girl through the neat and tidy, very predictable plot, conflict and resolution, complete with the kiss […]

Labor of Love

Labor of Love

“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 “It was not a silent night; there was blood on the ground. You could hear a woman cry in the alleyways that night on the streets of David’s town. The stable was not clean and […]