Tag: discouragement

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.04.2021

Parenting isn’t for cowards. It is a demanding task with sleepless nights, long days and messy floors. Then there are those times when children don’t appreciate the sacrifices parents make to ensure their comfort, safety and overall well-being. These revelations are often unsolicited and unwelcome glimpses into the child’s mind. My first experience with these …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.29.2021

My phone whistles at me, indicating another new text message. I glance at it and read another no. No, it doesn’t work tonight. I drop my head slightly and hear the subtle, mocking voice – “you should just throw your hands up and quit.” Tempted to agree, I pause on the image that comes to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.01.2020

Romance. Chick flicks. Whatever you call them, they usually include a character who pursues someone in spite of great opposition. This person refuses to take no for an answer and is jealous for the affection of his/her true love. Jealousy has a bad rap. Mostly it motivates people to do stupid things that are harmful …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.30.2020

What distinguishes you from those around you? Is there anything at all that you won’t leave home without? Something that gives you confidence and courage? Moses was asked to perform an amazing feat: lead a nation out of slavery in Egypt to a land of their own. Considering the number of people and the magnitude …

out of the chaos 04.24.2020

Spoiler alert: if you are squeamish about wounds and cuts, proceed with caution. Just saying! Last Friday I cut my finger. While chopping bacon to add to mashed potatoes for loaded mashed potatoes, I successfully chopped the corner of my finger clean off. Not just part way through, but clean off. Interestingly, it didn’t really …

Keep the End in Mind

Dave and I are in an awesome phase of parenting – empty nesters. Most parenting begins at the same place: infants and toddlers. The most basic job a parent has in this stage is to keep the children alive. Somedays it feels like herding cats. I remember the day I came upon my youngest daughter …

Daily Reads 05.01.2019

What difference would it make in your life right now, if you gave yourself permission to not know? To live life with the mantra, “We are just learning here!” Read: Psalm 25:4-7 Albert Einstein once said, “When you stop learning, you start dying.” Every day is filled with opportunity to learn. It may be as …

Beside the Still Water

As the sun makes it’s final descent into the horizon, I think of spring. Today has been beautiful! Cold, but beautiful. It is also spring break for many schools in my area and I couldn’t help but think about all the families traveling to warm destinations for some much needed family time.