We sit rocking on the green corduroy chair in my bedroom – the one with the green ribs down the arm that I run my fingerprints on when I pray. The room is dark. My daughter is cuddled in a ball on my lap, blanket over her face. I hear the whirling of the fan, the ticking of the clock, the murmur of my other kids’ voices beyond the closed door. Her breath starts steadying. Her
Growing up, I considered birthdays to be great fun because of all the gifts I received. In my family we were encouraged to make a list of the things we wanted. I was very careful with my wish list. I would write in little details to help the gift giver know exactly what it was that I wanted. If there had been such a thing as an Amazon wish list, you can bet I would have
I have a weekly adoration hour which has been a great blessing to me as a mother. It is a space of quiet and focused time with God. This week, sitting next to the chapel window, I noticed something new – a beautiful little plant sprig pressed up against the glass. It had a green stem and several oval leaves, each tipped with bright pink. I couldn’t see much more than this, since the windows are
The child stared angrily across the table at their older brother. Big brother had just offered his ‘witty’ suggestions on how to improve some creative work of the younger child. Storm clouds gathered across the younger sibling’s face, before they ran away, upset, to another room. “What!?!? I was just telling the truth!” the exasperated older sibling called after the runaway. Many times, a child’s brutal honesty is a good thing. It’s helpful to know something
God grants us the desires of our hearts, but what if our hearts don’t desire him? My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God, the refrain of the Psalm echoes today. Does it resonate with you? Fantastic! Lean into that desire. But if not, that’s okay, too. There have certainly been times when I have heard those words and inwardly shrugged—ehh, not so much. O God, you are my God whom I seek; for
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