I love the distinction I recently heard Senator Ben Sasse offer between habits and addictions. The only difference between habits and addictions is that if it’s something good that we want or desire it’s a habit, but if it is something we don’t want or is bad for us then it is an addiction. Many of us begin a new year with good intentions for a fresh start with a bold determination for building new muscles of habits we intend to keep, but often we fall back into old patterns and addictions.Read More
As our Pastor taught, he mentioned John 14:18 and I had this moment of connection to the angst the disciples must have felt knowing that their leader, their teacher, their beloved, their Messiah, was leaving them.
And I thought of my own children — when I leave them, even though I know it’s temporary — it pains me to see them distraught — and what do I want for them? My hope is that they will have gathered enough courage, comfort, and confidence in their time with me that they go into the environment I’m sending them without hesitation. That they can draw on our time together and what I have taught them, that their spirit is settled in the midst of the unfamiliar because they know who they are and whose they are and they truly believe that I am always coming back to them — so there is no doubt in their precious hearts.Read More
She crawled up into the seat next to me and looked up into my eyes with a sparkle in hers. I brushed a whisp of hair off her face, over her cheek, and something about that moment overwhelmed me with the need to tell her I loved her. She hadn’t done anything special, it was as ordinary a moment as any, an in-between moment even, but with her attention fixated on me it welled up inside me just the same and I felt compelled to make sure she knew.Read More
Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a mom? Oh, that is an understatement, right?! Do you ever wonder how you are going to be enough for your kids who need so much from you? From the first moment we meet our precious little one face to face we fall in love and instinctively want the very best for him or her. We desire to nurture our little one physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We begin to feel the weight of the responsibility of leading this child into its future. All these emotions can happen to us in a matter of moments. I shouldn’t speak this way for all moms, but those were exactly my feelings when I met each of my three babies. The love that welled up in me and poured out was immeasurable, but along with those loving feelings came the feeling of inadequacy. Will I be able to be enough, know enough and do enough to always provide exactly what my children will need?
Maybe you too can relate?Read More