My daughter loves the old Looney Tunes cartoons. She first saw them at her Grandma’s house, and excitedly told me all about Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as if they were brand new to her generation. Her latest Looney discoveries are Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Every day after she finishes her after-school snack and homework, she asks me to look them up on YouTube so she can watch
A video came across my newsfeed recently of an elephant calf being swept downstream while her herd was attempting to cross a river. She lost her footing and before anyone realized what was happening, the muddy water overtook her. You could barely see the top of her head poking above the stream as the waters rushed by. The current was too much for her; she would make slight progress toward
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been asking God to bring to mind the things that make up the story of my journey with Him. Because truthfully, things seem monumental and unforgettable at the time, but before long the things we never wanted to forget have blended into the background of our histories. So I’ve been challenging myself to retrace my steps, celebrating again what God has done in my life.
It’s been pretty clear to us since my daughter learned to walk that she has hoarder tendencies. From the time she coordinated her eyes and her hands and learned to close her fingers around things, she has always been clutching something in her little fists. When she was around two years old, anything small enough to fit into her hands became a treasure. Rocks, toothbrushes (yes, toothbrushes), sticks, coins, acorns….if it was within her
She said it was okay, but it wasn’t. She said she forgave me, but I couldn’t forgive myself. She never seemed to give it another thought, but it was enough to keep me awake that night. It had been “tacky night” at our church’s nighttime kids’ ministry, but I forgot. It completely slipped my mind between the excitement of breaking ground on our new church facility and normal Sunday chaos
When I heard on the news this morning that Justin Bieber had been arrested, I was glad. I know that sounds terrible, but let me explain. In our culture, we are constantly elevating young people to ridiculous star statuses, putting them in positions for which their youth and inexperience leave them unprepared. Our own children grow up looking to these celebrity young people as sort of demigods. Idols. Role models.
The day….well, it hadn’t gone as we had expected, and certainly not as we had hoped. That morning, it seemed that my daughter’s stomach virus was clearing out; by lunchtime, though, her fever had spiked again and her lethargy was at its worst. Her pediatrician penciled us in for an appointment that afternoon, and I did my best to keep her comfortable until we were to leave for his office.
Friends, it’s time for me to do something out of the ordinary. I’m going to give myself some grace. I’ve been working really hard to research and write the posts for this series, and it has been a wonderful process for me. I’m actually glad that the series is far from over, because God is working on me through it and I know I have more to learn. However. I
Dear friends, I don’t know how you’re feeling this morning, and I don’t know how you were feeling when you laid your head down last night. What I do know, though, is that God’s faithfulness goes with you…behind you…before you into this day. As He reminded me this morning, nothing is out of His reach, and nothing is too complicated for Him to create order. Rest in His faithfulness today,