Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Forgiveness is sooooo EXCITING!!!!


Hard.
Difficult
Excruciating.
Impossible.

I've heard forgiveness described as all of these things and more.

I don't think I've ever heard even one person describe it as exciting, unless they are speaking of the fact that they are excited that God forgave their own sins.

But me? I'm totally, 100%, over-the-moon excited out of my mind about forgiveness!!!

I'm excited about receiving it from God, and giving it as well. I haven't always felt this way, by the way.

Forgiveness totally changed my life, especially in the last year.

This Friday will make one year since something happened to me that has been the hardest thing in my life, to forgive.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oozing Jesus



As I was walking the streets of Pittsburgh this past summer with my family I looked up and saw this message in a store window. I quickly snapped a photo with my phone.

Riding down the road in Tampa a few years ago, I looked up and this message had been written in the clouds:




I stopped to take a photo, wanting to preserve the moment.

Seeing messages such as this are cool, and even more important, I want to BE a living message.

I want people to see what I do, even without words at times, and KNOW that Jesus loves them.

I have job descriptions and initiatives and goals and dreams.
And yet nothing is more important than this.

Truth speaking, yes.
Yet -- oozing love, compassion, and kindness. 

Oozing:

To slowly trickle or seep out of something; flow in a very gradual way.
To give a powerful impression of a quality. (i.e. "he oozed charm and poise.")
Synonyms: exude, gush, drip, pour forth, emanate, radiate

  Yes, I want to ooze Jesus.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Are You Preparing Your Child for the REAL World?


If we're not careful, we can go from being our child's advocate to exerting undue interference that renders them unprepared for adult life.

Yes...this REALLY happened...

Years ago at our church, we had a pastoral staff member in their late twenties whose mother from out of state contacted my husband and me -- TWICE -- to tell us how she thought her son's work issues should be handled. Apparently she didn't agree with some of our decisions. We were absolutely dumbfounded.  Needless to say, the interference on the part of the staffer's mother only made things go from bad to worse.

Opportunities for Growth...


Giving children opportunity to gain experience in solving problems of all kinds begins not when they turn 18 or 21, but all throughout their growing up years. Living in the era of helicopter parenting, many children and teens miss opportunities to learn problem solving skills.

During the course of my children's school years we have had relatively few problems with teachers.  I'm a huge fan of teachers, in general. But there were rare times when we didn't agree with something -- times when something may have been unjust or unwise.


One day a teacher I'll refer to as Mrs. K, called me, and she was literally IN TEARS over the fact that Jordan was tapping on his desk, usually with a pencil. When Jordan finished his work and had nothing to do he would sit there tapping. Jordan doesn't do well when bored or with nothing to do.

I suggested to Mrs. K that she give him a task to do, or send him to the library if his work was finished. She didn't like those suggestions. Her preference was to ask the kids to put their heads down on the desk and rest if they were done with their work. (Something Jordan doesn't do, readily.)

 Did I mention, when she called she was CRYING about the tapping?? Profusely?  I felt it was overly dramatic to say the least.

When I got off the phone, I told Jordan how upset his teacher was over his tapping, and asked him to stop doing it. He said, "See, I told you she was crazy, Mom. What kind of teacher bursts out crying about tapping?"

So I had a choice...