The Lost Sheep, a Diamond-in Progress

Have you ever asked God: “if you love me so much, if you accept me so much, why are you trying to change me?”  But what if He’s not trying to change us? Maybe we are being polished, like diamonds. A smudged diamond is still a diamond, but a little buffing makes it shine, and being a ‘brighter diamond’ will surely benefit others:

…my kids will benefit from me having more patience, strangers will benefit from me showing more kindness… I would benefit from extending more grace to myself …

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Feeling like a Wasteland, but Beautiful as a Bride…

Yesterday I was on my bike for the first time since giving birth to my son. I passed a former patch of rotten, trash-ridden shrubs in my neighborhood. The municipality decided to remove pavement and make a new green space, but the foliage looked terrible Continue reading “Feeling like a Wasteland, but Beautiful as a Bride…”

Did God Change Your Plans?

Drats, I left my bank pass at home. It took all morning to get out the front door with my 2yr. old. All morning and every bit of strength and patience I could muster. I probably didn’t even get a shower in. But just Continue reading “Did God Change Your Plans?”

Maintaining Intimacy when the Kids Come…

My husband and I are about to reach a major marriage milestone: 10 years. For the past three months I’ve been fumbling through a strange period of awe, reflection, and an overwhelming sense Continue reading “Maintaining Intimacy when the Kids Come…”

Learning to crawl, Born to Run

Watching my 16wk old straining to reach the toy in front of her… She knows what she wants but can’t quite reach it. In time this will be too easy, no challenge at all. She is starting to crawl, but she was born to run.

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The truth about Children, Little Warriors

Children are out of this world—almost literally. They make you laugh, cry, pull your hair out, tear your heart out. If you have your own you get a powerful taste-but just a taste- of how big God’s love is.

Like some of us “grown-ups,” they don’t always fit so well into society. Continue reading “The truth about Children, Little Warriors”