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This morning, I made a promise and then because I was frustrated and overwhelmed I renigged on it. After a few minutes calming down in my room my 6-year-old daughter walked in and gave me a very sweet piece of humble pie.

She looked at me and softly said, “Mommy, your really hurt my brothers’ feelings. That was wrong.” Then she started to cry and added, “You need to apologize to God.”

Needless to say, I was properly rebuked and humbled. There is nothing like being shown your sin directly from your child…

Thank you God for giving her boldness and love to talk to me like that!


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2012 Resolutions?


Since I usually am a very in-the-moment person I tend not to make resolutions for the new year. Instead, I reflect back on things and share current things. So for my New Year’s Resolution I am writing out my current ‘happinesses’ and ‘light-bringers’. Enjoy!

1. Reading books with my kids
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

2. Playing new games…
Heroica from LEGO games

Castle Keep from Gamewright

Monopoly Deal from Parker Brothers

3. Finding a good book to read myself
I, Coriander  by Sally Gardner

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: an Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer

picture taken from Cathe Holden at justsomethingimade.com 

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A Good Story…

As a volunteer librarian at my kids’ school in Minneapolis; there are so many ways to see God’s light and joy.

I can bring home books to preview and then be able to recommend them to the students. I also get to enjoy a great new story. I also have a chance to help kids discover new books and stories; to be curious and search for books that will enhance things they enjoy.

But I think the thing that brings me the most joy is taking a class of 18-20 happy, hyper students and gaining their undivided attention for 15 minutes while I read a story to them. When God takes something and lights an imagination it is wonderful to behold. And when you can be the starting block for that imagination flight it is joyful beyond words.

I will never forget one particular time when a class came into the library and everyone was having a very hard day. The kids weren’t listening; the teacher was stressed.  But when they were finally seated and I started reading the story (it was Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo) all 19 of them – teacher included – were still, quiet, enraptured and engaged.

Only God could have done that. And he used a wonderfully sweet book to do it.

Thank you Lord for the chance to engage children’s imaginations. Thank you for allowing us to read and write. Thank you that we have books to help us grow. Thank you for your greatest book that draws our imaginations to the deepest extent.

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Sadness is…

…trying to console your son after he accidentally flushes his bouncy ball down the toilet.

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My Favorite…

My favorite season is fall. I love the colors of the trees, I love the cooler air, I love the wind, I love that I can wear sweaters and boots again.

Yesterday afternoon I was driving to pick up my kids from school and was overjoyed with the sight God set before my eyes…

Down this whole street were small trees all covered in bright yellow leaves. As I drove through this beauty God send a small breeze that made the trees sway and many leaves blow in front of my car. It was breathtakingly beautiful!

Thank you Lord for your love of color and beauty. Thank you for sharing it with me this season. Thank you for that light in my busy day. Amen.


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How lovely…

‘How lovely it is when brothers dwell together in unity‘ is the verse that keeps coming to mind this week.

From time with my husband, to volunteering at school, to spending time with friends God has reminded me of the joy of working and being on the same path as those I am with. He has given a grace over the last couple weeks to share in life with those closest to me. He has given us the ability to be united in mind and purpose (even if it is being stuck with a broken down car or cleaning out a storage room).

I know this unity is a gift of grace and I don’t want to take it lightly. That is why I am writing it down: now I have a permanent reminder of a grace of God.

Thank you Lord for this gift. Thank you for the friends and family you have given me. Please continue to keep us walking together and keep our hearts set on you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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This week I was asked what was something God was teaching me. After a pause to think I was reminded of how busy my life is right now.

School starts in less than a week, so there is all the prep for that. Summer is still going strong, so there are fun things to do and people to see. Planning for the fall is underway, so there are many things to prioritize and plan. Friends are coming and going, so there are goodbyes and hellos to say. Lots of stuff to stay busy with…

So I don’t think it is a coincidence that I am reading Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret right now. I need the reminder that God has made promises to me as his daughter that I can rely on. However, my sinful, pride-filled self will try to do it all alone. So I need the reminder to pray and seek God’s help.

I can’t do all this ‘busyness’ alone. I can’t get it all done and done well. I need to turn to the one who promised to never leave me; who promised to hear and answer my prayers;  who promised to be a present help in time of need; who promised many more things I can’t remember right at this moment. I need to be dependent on Him with this new season of life and I need to pray/talk to Him more and more each day as I move through this busyness.

He can and will help because He promised to and He has never broken a promise. There is my light for today – resting in the light of His promises.


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