Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart–Do I Love Because I Must, or I Want to?

Day 12 in the “Wild Kids, Wild God- 31 Days Looking into God’s Heart” Series.


Whether you’re religious, Christian, Jewish, atheist… you’ve probably heard of Moses, renegade prince turned humble shepherd. His story is written in the book of Exodus  (Bible and Torah), and portrayed in many movies. In addition to receiving the 10 commandments (don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie…)* he was chosen to lead the Jewish nation out of slavery and oppression in Egypt into freedom.

The Jews still celebrate the amazing events that took place those thousands of years ago today (Passover) .

The story is pretty straightforward, but one passage often troubled me:moses parting sea

God tells Moses that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart. This results in Pharaoh’s refusal to let the people go free, and brings unrighteousness and greater trouble, which I normally don’t associate with God.

Also the simple statement that God will intervene on a man’s heart–call me naive but I only know God as One Who knocks on the “door” (our hearts) though He made it and holds the key. (Revelation 3:20). Continue reading “Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart–Do I Love Because I Must, or I Want to?”

Rejection, Anger, Empathy, Love: What they did to you, they did to Me [Part 2]

Day 11 of the “Wild Kids, Wild God-Looking into God’s Heart” series. This post is Part 2 of the same titled article. You can read Part 1 here.


For my husband’s 40th Birthday we decided to go out for dinner. As you can imagine, going anywhere with four children is a challenge an adventure. Restaurants should be large enough for the little ones to get rowdy without really disturbing others. And play corners are critical: we don’t make calls about reservations, we call about play corner set-ups.

All the kids were excited to go and we hoped for the best. Continue reading “Rejection, Anger, Empathy, Love: What they did to you, they did to Me [Part 2]”

Rejection, Anger, Empathy, Love: What they did to you, they did to Me [Part 1]

When my first son was small and still perfecting his toilet training technique, I took him and his newborn sister to the local shopping plaza (daring, yes). All was well until he let me know he needed to “go.” In this country it’s not common to enter a place and use the toilet. There’s a lot of resistance and most shops affirm that the bathrooms are for “employees only.” You may even get a dirty look if you walk into a restaurant and use the bathroom while not dining there. Continue reading “Rejection, Anger, Empathy, Love: What they did to you, they did to Me [Part 1]”

God’s Sense of Smell: Poop Stinks…

Day 8 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.


Smell is maybe the most underrated of our 5 senses. It’ not flashy like *sight* or grabby like *touch*, but stick my nose under a box of Lucky Charms and I’ll immediately be transported to a daycare room in 1983.
That’s one Powerful Sense. Continue reading “God’s Sense of Smell: Poop Stinks…”

Love’s Performance on the Test Drive

Day 7 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.


It’s easy to love the loveable. Your best friend, your faithful pooch, your funny co-worker. But how about the un-lovely? That lady with the bad attitude at the check-out? The nextdoor neighbor always in your stuff? The friend who stabbed you in the back? You may think you don’t need to love them–they’re not family (though even sometimes we can have terrible family spats…). But if you only love those who love you back, what more do you do than anyone else?

Continue reading “Love’s Performance on the Test Drive”

God’s Most Beautiful Drawing: A Note on Hope when Our Best is Rejected

This is Day 6 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.


My son was working hard…the tip of his tongue even poked from his mouth. With all his might he was trying to make this drawing extra special. The finished product was astonishing, truly the most beautiful drawing he made to date.

Continue reading “God’s Most Beautiful Drawing: A Note on Hope when Our Best is Rejected”

Anything for the Kids….why I didn’t buy that nice jacket

Day 5 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.


No amount of books can prepare you for becoming a parent. You can read about missed sleep, missed showers, missed meals, missed mind… but you can’t prepare for how that actually feels.

Continue reading “Anything for the Kids….why I didn’t buy that nice jacket”

The Day before You were Born…

This is Day 4 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.
Check the Introduction to the series here.


Standing by the crib trying to suss my baby to sleep. The clock says 11:05, one minute before 11:06- my “birthday.” And I wonder: how was God feeling that day? It was the day before I should leave the safe, albeit dark womb and enter the bright, albeit damaged world. Continue reading “The Day before You were Born…”

Forgiveness and Forgetting–BFF

This is Day 3 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.
Check the Introduction to the series here.


Forgiveness involves forgetting.

When I had my first child I was a bit paranoid and controlling about almost everything…what he ate, drank, saw, what gifts he got…is that organic? Does this have phthalates in it? Are you smoking..? Even before a friend wanted to hold my baby one time I asked, did you wash your hands? (Phew! So glad to be delivered from all that bondage!) Continue reading “Forgiveness and Forgetting–BFF”

Wildly Loved, but Love Burns Hot…

This is Day 2 of the Wild Kids, Wild God – 31 Days looking at God’s Heart Series.
Check the Introduction to the series here.


100 Million Sperm and only 1 gets to the egg. Let that sink in your self-confidence. My husband likes to joke: “If you’re here –alive, existing– you’re a winner…think of all the sperm that didn’t make it!”

You’re a Miracle  and I’m not the only one who thinks so…check this.

But maybe you don’t feel awesome, loved, or miraculous… Continue reading “Wildly Loved, but Love Burns Hot…”

From Bleeding to Birthing: 5 Crazy Ways Jesus was like Women

The following is a snapshot of some dialogue I had with God re. my being a woman and wondering how on earth some aspects of that could be a reflection of *Him. (Note: some of these points may seem stereotypical and I fully recognize we’re all different far beyond gender). Continue reading “From Bleeding to Birthing: 5 Crazy Ways Jesus was like Women”

Stay the “Same”… or Show Up?

This post is an unedited, 5-minute free write on the word prompt “Same.” It’s part of a “5 Minute Friday Challenge” and you can view the wonderfully diverse results from other bloggers at the bottom of the linked page.

May the contents inspire you to Shine the wonderfully awesome, one-of-a-kind Light you have in you…
———————3, 2, 1… GO——————–

Continue reading “Stay the “Same”… or Show Up?”

Life like Contractions

Things are going well. You got some sleep, had a moment to shower and are about to start the day. Then it begins…..pressures piling up, minute by minute, moment by moment.

The kids are yelling and whining- each about something different, the baby is crying upstairs for milk, your husband is in bed sick, quick–take a deep breath before you lose it!.. Continue reading “Life like Contractions”

Cinderella: A note on Humility, Entitlement and Kindness

Cinderella had it rough. Grief from losing her mom, a step-mother who treated her like a slave, and a steady stream of insults from snobbish step-sisters. Hard knocks life, with a “happily ever after.”

But what if she knew how her story would end? Continue reading “Cinderella: A note on Humility, Entitlement and Kindness”

Keep Moving Forward–Grace and Choices

If you’ve ever been on a bike you know that slowing down too much can cause you to fall. You have to keep moving in order to keep steady. I think life can be like this–we keep moving forward, or we start to fall… Continue reading “Keep Moving Forward–Grace and Choices”