A Reminder for Moms as School Begins

This post was originally published on August 22, 2010. Photo Source: D Sharon Pruitt There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 As a new school year begins, we moms would do well to remember that there is a time and a place for everything. There may […]

Confidence Comes from Knowing

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A few months ago, I started going to the gym. I felt like such a nerd walking into the gym that first time. All the machines looked foreign. Everyone else looked like they knew what they were doing. I hadn’t a clue. I felt like I must have “Greenhorn” written across my forehead. And I […]

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping

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Time keeps on slipping into the future. How can we enjoy the today before it becomes yesterday? Cue the Steve Miller song…. A friend told me that on the occasion of her 14th wedding anniversary, she and her husband have been quite introspective. They’re younger than we are. I told her we get quite introspective, […]

To Have a Soul Happy in the Lord

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I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. — George Mueller I sometimes wonder if we’ve lost joy in God. We’re so worried about pleasing each other or doing the “right” things — […]

We Can’t Always Be There, But He Can

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Last month two of my kids had a brush with Death. The riptide caught them and was dragging them out to sea. The waves kept crashing over them. My husband could not get to them. I wasn’t there. But, I can see the images in my mind. I know the beach. I know my kids. I […]

Because I Don’t Need It

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Last week I shared one of the things that has really encouraged me over the last few weeks. God is not surprised by the challenges and hard stuff that come our way. Rather, He knows that they are coming, and He has prepared us for them. I was reminded of a different wrinkle recently when […]

God is Not Surprised

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It’s been a refining season for me of late. Whether it’s fears or a lengthy to-do list, I feel like God has my toes in the fire a little bit. I know it’s good, but man, sometimes I wish the lesson would hurry up and be done. When’s recess? One thing that He has impressed […]

Enjoy the Gift!

FishMama and kids

I lived a pretty over-confident childhood. For the most part, I had few self-esteem problems. (Read: I typically thought of myself more highly than I ought to have.) It wasn’t until the year of the miscarriages that I truly realized the world didn’t revolve around me. It was a hard realization. One of my take-aways was […]