Summer’s promise…

The dust is settling. The drama has subsided. After this latest storm, my life is regaining familiar contours. Yesterday, I scheduled a hair appointment and I went grocery shopping on my own. I’m still home, determined to give my body and soul space to recover. But I will return to work next week and begin to pick up the pieces. Continue reading “Summer’s promise…”

Motherhood, here…

It’s a rough time to be a mom. Our babies have long since learned to walk, talk, and run. The days of diapers and bleary eyed hands-on-care lie behind us. We’ve walked through the terrible two’s and learned that “NO” isn’t the harshest word a child can say. We loved footy pajamas, dandelion bouquets, and juice boxes. We washed spring days out of their hair and their clothes, and their necks. We struggled to figure out motherhood as the days rushed past. We were sure the never-ending needs would wring us dry… and they often did. We clung, controlled, pushed and pleaded on this white knuckle ride. Continue reading “Motherhood, here…”

On Friendship…

We left… Husbands, jobs, kids, chores, and to do lists undone and drove off into the bright spring. Shaking off months of winter stiffness in the barely budding light of spring. Her car whispered by fiddleheads peaking through pressed down leaves. Rock walls warming in the sun. First color appearing in the renewing canopy overhead. Continue reading “On Friendship…”

Greater Than I (Mark 1:7-8)

And this was his message:
“After me comes the one more powerful than I,
the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
I baptize you with water,
but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:7-8

As a new believer, I learned to model the behavior I saw in other Christians’ lives. When people recognized some thing in my life that had benefitted them, I immediately deferred to the work of God and “gave God the glory.” As I grew in my faith, the Holy Spirit pointed out that I took great pride in my “self-less-ness.” Over time, as God brought healing and growth into my broken heart, He also confronted some internal attitudes…and helped me to see humility differently. Continue reading “Greater Than I (Mark 1:7-8)”