Tag: family

Love and Broken Hearts

Life is precious. Why something so obvious needs to be said is beyond my scope of understanding. But it’s true.  Humanly speaking, we often take life for granted.  We live like today–this moment–is all that matters.  We scurry through the day with our own agenda and hardly give thought to what opportunities we might be…

Not So Long Ago–In a Land Far, Far Away

It was only a month ago that we arrived back home from our visit to Madagascar. The temperatures here today are in the single digits, with a wind chill below 0 degrees.  Toliara, Madagascar is just a little warmer… In past posts, I’ve shared how traveling to third world countries has changed my perspective on…

Tapping Into Your Inner Duck Dynasty: How to Be Happy, Happy, Happy During the Holidays

Someone on Facebook posed this question: “If we’re so thankful, why is it that the day after Thanksgiving, we’re all rushing out to get more of the “stuff” that the world says will make you happy?” Good question. We all think, “If I could just have _________, then I’d be happy!” or, “If I could…

Winning the “What if?” Battle

So much of worry starts in a battle of the mind. Our thoughts consume us to the point that we start wondering if what could happen, probably is going to happen–and that’s why we can’t stop thinking about it.  It’s a vicious cycle of “What if?”, then “What would I do?”, to “How can I…

Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Cry

Sometimes… A girl’s just gotta cry.   Sometimes it is joy, sometimes it’s grief. Sometimes it’s both–at exactly the same moment. The wonderful and the painful joined together in such raw emotion that no single word could describe it… And you think that there is absolutely no one that really understands. Except maybe Winnie-the-Poo. One…

4 Truths About Prayer from a Four-Year- Old

There’s not a soul on this earth that has taught me more about prayer than my children and grandchildren. The honest prayers of my precious little ones have moved me to tears more often than I can count.  From a very young age we started praying with our children and grandchildren, teaching them how to…

What Do I Know of Holy?

Sounds like a tall task to me. If you had seen the tree-climbing, roof-jumping, I-can-do-anything-a-boy-can-do, tomboy that used any excuse to get out of doing the dishes, you would never have believed that she would grow up to one day be a pastor’s wife. Some days I still don’t believe it myself.