Celebration and Sorrow. I’ve had those juxtapose emotions within me at the same time. I’ve celebrated one child while morning the situation of the other - all in the same breath. As a mom, you’ve probably experienced that for your sons and daughters too.
Maybe you have one child who is easy and the other regularly difficult; healthy versus sick; intelligent versus mentally challenged; successful versus going down the wrong path.
Abraham experienced those same two emotions at the same time too.
At Isaac’s big weaning celebration, Ishmael poked fun at Isaac and made Sarah very angry. Sarah demanded that Ishmael and Hagar be sent away. Abraham was heartbroken. (Genesis 21) Read More
The push and pull of the tide…birds chirping just before sunrise . . . roaring rivers created by the melting snow . . . regular rhythms put in motion by our creative God. He also initiated morning, noon and night, and summer, winter, spring and fall. Another rhythm that God ordained for us parents is to regularly share our hearts and faith with our children. Read More
Whether you are in a good relationship with your child or not, you are connected. It’s an indisputable fact. The umbilical cord is cut, but the connection remains.
Let me share a personal example of this. My mom is 82 years old. Her father was an angry alcoholic. He would come home drunk at night and chase the kids with an axe. My mom and her brother would hide in the woodshed. Read More
Zacharias was a priest and Elizabeth was his wife. He and Elizabeth were both known as people who loved and obeyed God. Other than that, they were just an ordinary couple. Well, ordinary except . . . Read More
“What’s the magic word?”
Many of us moms regularly use that phrase to remind our small children to be kind and thankful. Beyond manners, what we are really trying to create is a heart of kindness and thankfulness.
Thankfulness is a habit of gratitude.
It is not circumstantial. If we are willing, we can always find reasons to be thankful. Read More