Saturday, March 29, 2014

In God We Trust

It's been on our currency for years. 
I see it on license plates everywhere I go. 
But, how many of us truly live this out?
How many of us as Christians are showing non-believers
that we trust in God?

Sadly, I know that I fail every day.

We pray, and we say we have faith. 
We read scripture, and we are part of the local church. 
We listen to Christian music,
 and we teach Bible stories to our children.
We give thanks before our meals,
and we live "good" lives in front of others.

On the flip side, though, we doubt.
We don't exemplify faith.
We often have bad attitudes, 
and we don't always have the nicest things to say.

When we do these things, 
we are showing the world that we indeed 
don't always trust in God, our Father.

Is this what we want to do?
I think most of us would say no.
However, in order for things to change,
we have got to make a decision.
Each of us, as a child of God, has to decide to take a stand.

None of us are perfect, and we never will be.
I know that I fail every day. 
We can all, however, be a light in this dark world.

We can step out on faith, even when we are scared to death.
We can have a positive outlook on things,
even when the way looks dark and bleak.
We can use our tongues to uplift others
instead of tear them down.

We can show others that
we do, in fact
still trust in God.
He is the one who carries us through
in the good times and in the bad. 



Friday, March 21, 2014


I remember the day I got a positive pregnancy test. It was my third one, but somehow this one felt different, even early on. I was so excited that I went to Daddy's work to let him know. We tried to keep it a secret because of the previous miscarriages, but when morning (all day?) sickness hit, it was hard not to let others in our our little secret.

I remember documenting the growth of my tummy every couple of weeks, watching how you grew and changed me, and the kicks and turns were one of Daddy's favorite things to see in those later weeks. We got your nursery ready, others showered us with all the things we needed for you, and we waited patiently (or not) for your arrival.

The morning you were born was one of the happiest of our lives. I remember counting your fingers and toes when I finally got to hold you in my arms, and we couldn't believe how much you looked like your Daddy.  I cried all the way home two days later, and your Daddy didn't understand how full my heart was. Now, a little over four years later, I love you even more than I did then.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

My Mind is Crowded

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I am a full time wife, mom, public school first grade teacher,  preschool Sunday School director, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, and friend. We are contemplating adoption, and we are getting ready to send Chandler to school for the first time next fall. That's not even mentioning all the personal things going on in my life right now.

Needless to say, my mind is very crowded. At any given time, there are at least a hundred different things floating around in my head, from meetings I have to attend, to lesson plans that need to be completed, to soccer practice, to meal planning for my family, to spending time with the ones I love. There are days when I simply cannot do it all.

Sometimes I just have to remind myself that it's okay if I don't have everything under control. It's okay if everything doesn't line up perfectly. That's not always easy.