Keeping it Light

Every so often, I start to worry that I'm not cultivating wonder enough in our home. I start to think that if I don't get this just right, I'm going to end up raising kids whose eyes glaze over anytime I try to point out something amazing. But quite often, I find that God relieves my fears when I release all my dreams and expectations and just focus on being faithful and keeping things light. We read good books, keep a steady conversation going about God's ways, and try to provide opportunities for our young ones to lift their eyes to Him and see His provision and … [Read more...]

Mothers Who Are More Than Conquerors

In her book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, Gloria Furman wrote, “Because of the Gospel – the news about what Jesus did to save sinners – mothers who make Christ their treasure can rejoice in their work as God works in them.”   We mothers have a weighty task that can threaten to overwhelm us. Some nights find us collapsing into bed with our heads full of our own failures. But in Isaiah, God gives us his assurance and comfort and promises of his might and power in the world around us and in our daily lives. “Go on up to a high mountain, … [Read more...]

He is a Rewarder

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (NKJV)   “He who comes to God must believe that he is…” We must believe first, “that he is” – not just that he exists, but that he is who he says he is. We get to know his character by studying his word. And we find the comfort we are seeking in these questions we hold, ultimately, by rehearsing the truth of who he is to ourselves. Sometimes, this part seems simple, but in our … [Read more...]

Courage to Labor and Love Like Jesus

Our youngest daughter was born the Thursday before Easter two years ago. Even though our family has never been especially serious about observing all the significant days of the Lenten season, I was mindful that the day she was born is known as Maundy Thursday. Among other things the Church considers on this day, it’s historically recognized as the day Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. We get the word “Maundy” from the word Mandatum, found in the Latin translation of John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved … [Read more...]

He Remembers Our Frame

  At some point with each of my five children, I have fallen into the temptation to treat them like they are older and more mature than they actually are. The first time I was conscious of this, I had three boys ages 3 and under. My middle son was talking by 18 months and could identify the letters in the alphabet by 21 months. And sometime after I had our third baby, I allowed his abilities to distract me from his frame and I created a habit of treating my middle baby as though he should behave like his older, three-year-old brother. One day, I was … [Read more...]