What it means to be Pro-Life

A few weeks ago I attended a baby shower. The church was decorated adorably (pink, purple and zebra print) to celebrate the impending arrival of a little baby girl. Twenty women arrived with yummy treats to share. The gift table was full to overflowing and we played the traditional baby shower games. It was a fun afternoon. But, the thing that made it special to me was the fact that, for most of the women in attendance, the mom-to be was a complete stranger. My friend, Karen, had created an afternoon full of love and celebration for someone that we hardly knew. She invited and women came! They came to love on an unwed mama, down on her luck, who is set to deliver a sweet babe in a few weeks. I can't think of a better way to illustrate Christ's love. This mama to be was showered with … [Read more...]

Watching My Words

I don't know why I choose to observe Lent because I'm terrible at it. Fasting from something for 40 days is apparently not my strong suit. I remember one of the first times I observed Lent I gave up sweet tea. Yes, that sounds silly but I had a habit of going through the Mickey D's drive thru a few times A DAY. It was a thing. What I purposed to do that year was that every time I thought about driving to get a large sweet tea, I would instead turn to God in prayer. God and I talked a lot more and I learned an important lesson. Sometimes our routines can become our enemies. Hitting the drive thru for a sweet tea was a habit, a routine. So, this year when I was praying about what I needed to give up for the Lenten season, I shouldn't have been surprised that another habit came to mind. … [Read more...]

I was once a lost cause

A girl of just thirteen faces torment and abuse from her peers. We excuse it that kids that age don't know any better.  They are too young to wrap their minds and manners around the concept of a peer having a baby. Then, you witness the behavior of those same kids mama's...throwing stones of accusation and ugliness at a situation they know nothing about. Nobody knows what we're for, only what we're against, when we judge the wounded... ~Casting Crowns If they knew that this girl was the victim of abuse and chose life for her baby anyway, would they still hurl cruelty her way?  Would they use the telephone lines to spread the wildfire of gossip and judgement or would they get on their knees and beg for forgiveness for their haste in jumping to conclusions? Are they aware that the venom … [Read more...]

Whitney Houston and my witness

If I made a soundtrack of my life many of the songs would be sung by Whitney Houston. When I heard about her death I was saddened by the seeming waste of talent and the brevity of her life. Then a picture started circling Facebook and I "liked' it. It was basically saying that Whitney died and the world mourns and contrasted it to the number of children that die of preventable illnesses everyday and why doesn't the world mourn them? I completely agreed {and still do} with the premise of the photo which is why my first reaction was to click "like". Can I be real for a minute, friends? Whitney Houston loved Jesus and more importantly, Jesus loved Whitney Houston. And He loves each of those precious children around the world that perish each day. This fallen world takes all.  Jesus … [Read more...]

Battling Perfectionism

{an edited post from the archives as I spend Christmas break with my family} The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues.  You can't separate them.  They're wedded.  ~Henry Miller I remember well the days that perfectionism consumed my life. I suppose I came by the desire quite naturally.  A father who demanded more than the best.  Raised by grandparents whose accomplishments lined the walls.  Perpetuating the "family hedge"...that no matter what was truly going on, we put our "best face" forward to the world. Every mistake I made was punctuated by the fact that I was, yet again, incapable of grasping the elusive perfection that seemed to come so easily for others. I carried this knee buckling burden into adulthood for many … [Read more...]

Falling into place

Crisp, cool air. Leaves on the trees hint brilliance and the stroke of the Artist's hand. Flavors and aromas, cinnamon and pumpkin, entice my soul. Fall is my favorite time of year. There is something about the air, the scenery, the smell and taste of autumn that propels me forward from the dog days of summer to whatever God has in store next. This spring and summer have been particularly challenging.  I have lost my focus and sense of direction.  God has been stirring my heart towards clarity and I have been fighting it.  Because sometimes clarity brings change.  Change often means letting things go or {heaven forbid} saying no to good things to make room for God's best. Walking in faith is an ever changing journey.  With seasons, much like autumn and spring, winter and summer, God … [Read more...]

Biting my tongue

"but no man can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison". James 3:8 Sarah Mae wrote a post several months ago that featured a story from the movie, Doubt.  I can think of no better way to address the topic of gossip and slander than to send you to read that post. Over a year ago, a friend of mine gave several of us in a ladies Bible study a challenge about the fresh water/salt water spoken of in James 3.  We talked about our words to our spouses and our children and whether or not we were speaking fresh water words or salt water words into their lives.  To help us keep this in mind, she gave us all a handful of paper clips and a handful of gems {like you would see on costume jewelry}. The challenge was for us to begin our day with the jewels and paper clips in one … [Read more...]

Covenant and the sex talk

Today’s culture and society has lost sight of the seriousness of the covenant of marriage and the role of sex. Sex is symbolic of a covenant between a married man and his wife. A covenant that we will be held accountable to one day. In a culture where sex is viewed casually and more than half of marriages end in divorce, we as moms need to teach our boys about covenant.... You can read the rest of this post at The M.O.B Society, where I write the monthly column, Tackling "the talk". … [Read more...]

Sticks and stones

We aren’t called to defend ourselves--we are called to defend our God and His Word. That's why Jesus overturned the money changers tables. He was protecting God's house. He never acted that way to defend himself, in fact they said all kinds of terrible things about him based on their lack of understanding and pure hatred, but He let it go.  ~Time-Warp Wife I needed to read those words today. I want to be immune to hurtful words.  I want to be immune to hurt feelings.   I want to be understood.  I want to be acknowledged.  I want us all to get along. None of those "wants" is promised us in the Bible.  God is rather frank about the fact that in this world those "wants" will not be achieved. Today, I am reminded that God is in charge of justice.  God is in charge of deliverance.  God is … [Read more...]

Getting down and dirty with Jesus

I am a girly girl. I am quite certain that is why God made me the mama of three active boys {proof of God's sense of humor}. I don't "do" certain things: dirt, bugs, scary movies..did I mention dirt? My hubby and boys laugh at the amount of luggage I take on a camping trip.  And, most people that know me have heard me say how grateful I am that I was born where I was, when I was. Suffice it to say I would not have done well in the frontier days. Suffice it to say that God is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me in ministry lately. I have visited places that literally make my skin crawl {and have made me physically ill}. The amazing thing is that God gives me this peace that surrounds me when I am in a "dirty" situation and I don't think about it until I leave {and bathe myself in hand … [Read more...]

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