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
I love seeing great art. With the world’s connectivity, it is available 24/7. Talented musicians. Super athletes. Graceful dancers. Fabulous singers. Over the top chefs. Gifted artists.
Recently, our family sat around the dinner table talking about great artists, and the conversation shifted to our opportunity to share our own unique brand of art with the world. Even though we are not all public or professional artists, we all have the opportunity to create art with our lives. Read More
Sometime later, we don’t know exactly when, but by this time Mary, Joseph and Jesus were living in a house, and over their house was a bright light. A huge star—symbolizing the light of the world—still shone. Jesus may have been born in humble circumstances, but the Creator Father sent out a big birth announcement in the form of a beautiful, brilliant star.
These days, couples sometimes stick a big stork in their yard or hang a wreath on their door to announce to those passing by that their child has been born. But God declared the joy and celebration with an amazing heavenly light. Read More
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’” (Luke 2:8-14) Read More
Have you ever wondered about the sovereignty (possession of highest authority and power) of God? I mean, is He really in control of everything? And if He really is in control of everything, is He in control of my life?
You may think those are odd questions to run through my mind when we are preparing for the birth of Christ and in today’s reading, it is His birth that we are waiting for. But this is one of the events in history that I turn to as a reminder of God’s amazing sovereignty and His perfect planning and excellent execution of events. It’s an especially good reminder for when life doesn’t look like how I think it should. Read More
“At that time a proclamation was made by Caesar Augustus that all the inhabited world should be registered. This was the first census, undertaken while Cyrenius was governor of Syria and everybody went to the town of his birth to be registered. Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s town, Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was a direct descendant of David, to be registered with his future wife, Mary, now in the later stages of her pregnancy. So it happened that it was while they were there in Bethlehem that she came to the end of her time. She gave birth to her first child, a son. And as there was no place for them inside the inn, she wrapped him up and laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:1-7)
“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
Moms, have you taught your daughters the other four letter word?
Oh yeah, I said it! Don’t you get a little uptight when you hear that four letter word? Read More
Life is about relationships. We earn and keep the right to speak into our children’s lives through a continuing flow of being intentional and present in their lives . . . time over time over time . . .
For all of my children’s young years, I invested in loving them . . . rocking them to sleep at night, reading them bedtime stories, saying their prayers with them. Read More