On Babies Lost

I woke up in the middle of the night a few nights ago crying over babies lost. As a mother who has had to say goodbye in the past to babies in my womb, as recently as this past April, my heart hurts over women who make a choice to abort, feeling like they are trapped and alone and hopeless. One thing I wish I could tell every mother who has lost a child, by choice or not, is that I have hope and peace that passes understanding, but it is because I have Jesus. I know my God is good. He is wisdom and justice and love. He forgives the vilest of sinners, and He rejoices … [Read more...]

Children of Light

I've been watching something playing out over the last week or so and thinking on it a lot. It's kind of a tale of two different churches. I have friends in both. (Really, it's a tale of a lot of churches, but I just want to talk about these two briefly.) One of the churches wants to talk about grace and inclusion. I like the sound of that, especially if it means people are being brought into God's family. The other church wants to talk about the truth of grace. I like hearing the truth, even if it hurts. I know not everyone feels this way, but deep down no one … [Read more...]

So Much More Than Childbirth

A week has gone by since Mother’s Day and so much in the last few days has made me reflect on mothering. Monday morning, I went to the washing machine to move jeans into the dryer and found very clean rocks, Lego hands, and plastic Playmobil swords. What did I expect? Well, not Lego hands – I was surprised they survived the washing machine and didn’t get lost in the drainage. But the rocks? Yeah, I have boys and boys play outside and hoard things in their pockets, and I don’t always catch everything that gets thrown into the hamper along with the dirty … [Read more...]

Pouring Out

  I do write things down that I've already done, and I love this meme because it makes me think maybe you're doing it, too. I also like to remind myself of the things that I already know. It’s been one of "those" days and so here I am at nap time, finally getting a cup of coffee and writing down one of these things to tell truth to myself so I don’t get as off-base as I feel like I might end up being today.   “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a … [Read more...]

God is Not Your Doctor’s Office

I keep thinking that I can’t be the only one who approaches prayer like I have to be super careful. I mean, I’m talking to the King of the universe, my Creator, my Savior, my GOD, and I’d better get this right. Right? Well, sure… And I’d better not make any mistakes in how I ask, if I dare to ask for something. And I’d better tack on that safety phrase, “if it’s Your will.” I’d better be clear and ask for just what I want and not any more than I need. But not for anything less than I need, either, because what if He only gave me what I asked for and I … [Read more...]