Dec 8

December 8, 2014

racial lines

Crossing Lines

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Photo Credit Crossing lines. We all cross them. Sometimes with great intention, and sometimes mistakenly. Some moments beckon us to cross the line before us, other moments warn us to not dare. But the line of social differences? It has been kicked askew, void of logic or reason. I do not understand it. Nor do I pretend do. I remember that evening, twenty years ago….

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Dec 5

December 5, 2014

truth

Freedom in truth

Photo Credit There is freedom in truth. We know that. I am relatively certain we know that anyway. This summer, as my child processed the fact Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny are not real, I certainly felt free. If you asked, I could not adequately explain my attitude toward these things. I rarely discussed them, but as she started school and heard these things from others, I went with it. But it grated on my nerves. Bah…

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Dec 4

December 4, 2014

wisdom

The wise woman speaks

Photo Credit The wise woman speaks. A wise woman of Abel spoke and saved her people. She is a woman of peace and of faith. She is a woman who has the courage to speak to Joab as he pursues Sheba.  Then a wise woman called from the city, “Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, ‘Come here that I may speak with you.’” So he approached her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?” And he answered, “I am.” Then she…

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Dec 1

December 1, 2014

peace

Be at peace

Photo Credit  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Romans 12:18) Be at peace with all men. This verse has been at the forefront of my mind lately. Be at peace with all men. Not only those I find easy to be around. Not solely my friends and those closest to me, but all people. As I have considered this, I have realized it is sometimes easier to be at peace with…

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Nov 25

November 25, 2014

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Competition

Photo credit So, you are the one who is going to be my competition. The words, flung flippantly, stunned her. Competition? I did not know we were in a competition. We are parents, doing our best to raise our children well, it is not a competition. Why would she say that? Confusion filled her voice. What in the world? I do not want to compete with anyone. I could not help but chuckle. Oh yes, the competition created by parents,…

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Nov 13

November 13, 2014

jepthahas daughter

Jephthah’s vow

Photo credit And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31) Jepthah’s vow. Help me to defeat the Ammonites and I will offer to you a sacrifice. Deliver them into my hands, and whatever comes out of my…

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Nov 11

November 11, 2014

operation christmas child

Giving is fun

Operation Christmas Child Today, my child found out giving is fun. After a few days and a few comments, I finally began to unravel why my child did not want to take part. She mentioned in passing, “I do not want to write a letter just talking about myself.” Oh, I get it. Her father and I cringe when we hear “tell us about yourself” during introductory meetings. We noticeably cringe. We would prefer to have a specific question asked,…

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Nov 3

November 3, 2014

give

I don’t want to give

Photo Credit ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35) I don’t want to give those gifts. I just don’t want to do it. Tears were filling her eyes as I asked her questions. An opportunity to help others, to give to those who do not have, and she decided she wanted no part of it. We sat in her room. Her head buried in her arms as she refused to look at me. I prayed for…

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Oct 29

October 29, 2014

pain

Pain with a purpose

Photo Credit Pain with a purpose. It is tolerable. It is understandable. The multiple hours of labor followed by a c-section, were for the sole reason of bringing my daughter into this world. The 6 weeks of soreness and walking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame were bearable because our daughter was there with us. In spite of the pains shooting through my body, I understood the reasoning for them. Knowing the purpose allowed me to see beyond the pain,…

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Oct 27

October 27, 2014

fog

Fog rolled in

Photo Credit The fog rolled in, settling low, kissing the ground. Only the dim lights of cars were visible as I drove my daughter to school. The further we looked, the less we could see. We strained to look to the end of the road, to no avail. How often I go through life with a limited view? I strain and try to see what lies ahead, but my vision is deterred. As much as I want to see the…

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