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

beach god is with them

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

Fun photo of girl

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 […]

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 […]

Suffering and Beauty

mr and mrs mallard

The last month or so has been hard. Oklahoma. Boston. Texas. Gavin. Zach. There were more instances of individuals sharing their stories with me than normal. My days have been peppered with stories of folks hurting and in pain, both publicly and in private. Life is so full of pain and sadness. I catch mere glimpses of […]

How to Fight Like a Mother

how to fight like a mother

There’s a lot riding on our job as mothers. Each of us, gifted with different abilities and strengths; each of us, faced with unique personalities and challenges; each of us, no matter the circumstances, is called to get up and fight the good fight each morning. It might be managing a child’s disability and the […]

Yes, Yes, You Can.

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You can ditch the soda habit. You can quit watching TV. You can kick the bad eating habits that have plagued you for years. You can choose to change. Don’t tell me you love food. I love food. And for thirty days I gave up (almost) all I hold dear. I lived to tell the […]