As we prepared to head to worship this morning, we plotted a fun afternoon visit to the salon for pedicures. My 4-year-old asked if she could get both her toenails and her fingernails painted. She asked, assuming the answer would be yes and she would get what she wanted. I said no. I could paint her fingernails at home. My daughter began to pout! I scolded her for selfish behavior and she immediately burst into tears. My reaction was perhaps a little too intense – but it was upsetting she was so concerned with wanting more that she forgot to be thankful for the gift she was to receive! Continue reading
Saturday held three soul-lifting events all rolled into one experience; a moment of time to revive my spirit! I was able to (1) go for a run, which happened to take place (2) outdoors through tree-lined trails located (3) at the camp I so often declare to be my spiritual “home away from home!” Continue reading
I had a church finance board meeting one night this week. To be honest, these meetings have been difficult lately. I get it – it is important to responsibly manage the funds of our church. That light bill needs to be paid every month! But during our long meetings (often held after a full day of playing with numbers at work) I struggle to remember how this conversation is advancing God’s work in the world. Continue reading
My 4-year-old daughter sat quietly in the back seat as we drove home from daycare one afternoon. Then suddenly, she turned towards me and asked, “Mommy, why can’t we see God?”
My heart was filled with joy! Oh, yes – an opportunity to discuss faith with my daughter!! Continue reading
Sometimes the inside of my head is a deep, dark, stressful place to be. Moments of quiet bring planning, worry, excessive organization and an attempt to control life. Distractions become a blessing when they disrupt my frantic, spiraling negativity.
I cherish the moments when I seek and then allow myself to enjoy stillness. Continue reading
My 7-year-old has been super emotional lately. Any small little thing will set him off into uncontrolled tears. His sister won’t let him play with her toy, or we say ‘No’ to that 3rd book at bedtime – then tears flood like it is the end of the world! Continue reading
We are in the midst of Advent. Advent – the arrival of a notable person or event. Advent – derived from the Latin word for “coming.” Advent – a season observed in Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
We are in this season of joy and hope and peace! Yet I rarely feel peaceful. I find myself in stalled traffic or long lines at the store – the ironic sound of “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” playing in the background as I’m silently cursing the noisy and sometimes vicious crowds around me. The “to do” list piles up! (It is a bad sign when baking Christmas cookies with your kids becomes just another thing on that stressful list of things to get done before December 25!) Continue reading