Category Archives: being thankful

If tomorrow doesn’t come {a God sized dreams post}

 

When you send your 3rd graders to school with a kiss and a lunch packed with love, you expect them to return home to you at the end of the day.

But sometimes they don’t.

When your 8th grader complains of pain in his hip, you expect to give him some ibuprofen and for it to get better.

But sometimes it won’t.

When God lays a dream on your heart, you expect for there to always be time to accomplish it, to dream with Him, to pursue all He has.

But sometimes there isn’t.

Tomorrow may not come for me, for you, for anyone.  All we have is today.

The riskiest thing about my God sized dreams would be to not pursue them.  Even if I just take a baby step towards those dreams each day, that is something. It counts.  It matters. Small steps add up to great distances.

I used to wear a pedometer to track how many steps I took each day. With a goal of 10,000 my lazy desiring to be healthier self knew I would only have to walk the remaining steps to reach my daily goal that I hadn’t managed throughout the day.  There are days when I took the stairs or chose the parking spot further away so I could add up those steps and not have to walk at all when I got home from work.  Did those steps matter less because I took them begrudgingly or to get out of steps later in the day?  Nope.  They still got me to my goal.  Every step counted, even the ones I enjoyed.  The steps to pick up my littles from school.  The steps to greet the hubby at the front door.

Every step counts.

The unspeakable tragedy in Oklahoma yesterday served as a brutal reminder that tomorrow may not come.  Friends, doesn’t that make the steps we take today matter so much more?

Yesterday a young man named Zach Sobiech passed away from osteosarcoma.  He was diagnosed with this terminal bone cancer in the 8th grade.  I leave you with the documentary made about his last days.  This boy knew that every step counts.  That we must live for today because, on this side of Heaven, today is what we have.

 

 

Love deeply, make others smile, follow your God- sized dreams.

 

 

 

 

About that extra 21st chromosome

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. Just typing that makes me smile.  My life has been blessed by knowing several people with an extra 21st chromosome. Each one has brought joy to my life, especially Shawn. Shawn has taught me A LOT in the three years I’ve known him. Like the joy of turning upContinue Reading

An Anecdote of Fear and Angels

When I realized that the only parking available was in a several story parking garage, I felt sick to my stomach.  Parking garages and I do not get along.  I feel like the top of any vehicle I am in is going to be shorn off or that the entire thing is going to collapseContinue Reading

When manna isn’t a miracle anymore

Discontent can eat a hole in your soul. For me, it started with a strong desire to replace our couch. Now, in my defense, our couch is twelve years old and a hand-me-down.  {and for the record I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying new furniture}. Lately, its age and the wear andContinue Reading

Favorite Bible Promises

I am busy with a new writing project {never has God laid something on my heart as clear as what I am working on right now and I can’t wait to share it with y’all! Pray for me, please}. When I am working on a specific project, I go through my old journals and prayerContinue Reading

Grateful not proud

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind.  We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands.  The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race.  Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, toContinue Reading

Airing the dirty laundry

Has God ever prompted you to do something and you whispered back at Him {in your head of course, because out loud would make you seem crazy} “come again?  Lord, there is no way I can do that”? Oh, it’s just me? Usually when I have that type of conversation with God, it isn’t longContinue Reading

May is…for moments and memories and miracles

May is National Foster Care Month. This thirty one day month contains Mother’s Day as well. A day both bitter and sweet. Then, there is tomorrow. May 22nd.  The day, sixteen years ago, I physically became a mother. May brings a mixed bag of feelings to this heart of mine. A desperation to help, healContinue Reading

Reaching for God sized dreams

Sometimes I feel bad for dreaming, for letting my mind wander to what could be. Then I remember that the desires of my heart can always be conformed to His heart if I relinquish them. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, so long as you turn the dreams over to the will of God. I dreamContinue Reading

I don’t want to forget

A little reminder pops up on my phone. Don’t forget to read your 40 days of Lent Bible reading plan. I don’t want to forget but I do. I forget to eat breakfast.  I forget to pick up my contact lenses.  I forget to speak uplifting words to my husband and children. The first stepContinue Reading