He’s a Know it All

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“What’s 187 times 187?” my 10-year-old quizzed his 5-year-old brother.

Exasperated, Tate shouted to his older brother, “I don’t know; I’m only in Pre-K!”

Tate doesn’t know how to multiply just yet. He’s still learning. It’s one of the gifts and liabilities of being human. It’s also one of the countless ways God is different than us.

Our God is omniscient. This means that He knows everything. All the mysteries of the universe are known to Him, and no detail of our lives is hidden from Him.

That’s a sobering thought, right? But what immeasurable comfort! We worship the one true God who never learns or is surprised. He is legitimately and rightly the only, true “know it all.”

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Thorns or Flowers

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Life really isn’t always a bed of roses.

When I was in middle school, my family was falling apart, so I went to live with my aunt for almost a year. I remember her telling me not to run through her rose garden.

I didn’t listen, of course, and took a running start with my arms stretched out wide only to be shocked with searing pain. Thorns! Big, mean, vicious thorns ripped my flesh and opened up a flood of tears. I looked at my source of pain and wondered if I should call it a bush of thorns or a bush of flowers. It could go either way.

You know, I can look back on my life in pretty much the same way. Would I see the hurt or would I see the beauty? I guess you could say I’ve been making that choice every day since my encounter with the rose garden.

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What a Grown up Does

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Not long ago, one of my boys asked me, “What’s the real difference between grown-ups and kids?”

In a rare display of parenting brilliance, I joked, “Unlike kids, grown-ups do what they don’t always want to do because it’s the right thing to do.” (All the parents say, “Amen.”) Then I said, “And Dad and I are training you boys to do the same.”

And you know what? The Bible says the same is true for grown-up Christians. James 1:4 says that mature believers show perseverance when our faith is tested.

Honestly, there are lots of times I just don’t really want to do what I know is the right thing to do. Sometimes I push through and do it anyway. Sometimes I don’t. I guess that makes me an adolescent Christian, right? But I’m committed to growing up. How about you?

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The Thankful Journal

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Why does the grass always look greener everywhere except where I’m standing?

When I was first married, I focused on everything that was wrong with my husband. I grumbled and nagged and tried desperately to change him, and I almost destroyed my marriage.

Thankfully, things changed. But the change started in me, not my husband! As I was in yet another fit of tears asking God to make things better, I felt challenged to make a list of all the things about Art I was actually thankful for.

There were so many good qualities; I was shocked at how blind I’d been to them. And slowly, as my heart changed, my marriage started to change, too.

Now when I’m tempted to look for the grass to get greener at home or at work, I try to remember that list and get intentional about being thankful for what I already have!

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Grandpa’s Advice

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When I was born, my grandfather gave my dad some really great advice.

He told my dad on the day I was born, “The greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother.” Kids thrive when parents love, cherish and protect one another.

Listen, I have no idea what kind of adults my four boys will grow up to be. And I can’t say that my husband and I live out my grandfather’s advice perfectly. Goodness, there are times, we may not even do it well!

But I believe grandpa’s wisdom is worth clinging to. I want my boys to know that no matter the arguments. No matter the hard places. No matter the hectic schedules, Chad and I are in this together. Committed to finishing together.

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The Power of Simple Words of Love

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I didn’t want anything to do with God.

When my baby sister died tragically and unexpectedly, my entire world flipped upside down. What I once knew to be true suddenly became questionable.

Then one day I got a note from a friend. A girl I not-so-affectionately called my “Bible friend.” Honestly, she got on my nerves with all her Bible verse quoting. I didn’t want to believe God existed. And I certainly wasn’t reading the Bible.

But as I held her simple note with one Bible verse scribbled on the front, tears of honest need streamed down my cheeks. My stiff knees bent. I whispered, “Yes, God,” and it changed the course of my life. Her gentle persistence had reached me.

May we never doubt the power of one person reaching into the life of another with written whispers of love.

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Jesus Fills the Gaps

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So I missed my boy’s award ceremony at school because I was on a plane to go speak at a women’s event.

That’s the life of a mom. You miss stuff; you feel guilty. People often ask how I do it all, and here’s the answer. I don’t!

I miss awards day, I’m not room mom, I can’t go on all the field trips, but here is what I’m learning. Our inability to do it all, bring it all, be it all leaves wonderful voids for Jesus to fill. Jesus is present when we are there and when we’re not.

For the awards days, Jesus filled the gap with an amazing husband and dad who left his ridiculously high pressure job to attend four awards ceremonies. He texted me mid- ceremony, and I think, I’m so glad he’s there.

Mama’s don’t sweat the cracks in your life, Jesus fills them just fine.

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Evidence of Life

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Messes don’t usually make me feel thankful.

I remember a day when my children were younger and I counted more than 14 pairs of shoes spread carelessly around the room I was in. I was not a happy mama!

But as I mentally chided my children for not being grateful enough to put their shoes away, I felt God gently reprimand me. Was I modeling thankfulness?

Those shoes were evidence of life. A life full of people I love. I realized I could look at their shoes and feel drained and frustrated or filled up and thankful.

Every day we have a choice. We can look at the messes in our lives — piles of shoes, dirty dishes, laundry that needs to be done — and frown. Or we can see all of these things as rich evidence of life and smile.

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Reality Discipline with Younger Children

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Reality discipline for younger kids … is it possible?

It has been a while since my kids were preschool age, but I do remember holding on for dear life sometimes exclaiming this too shall pass! My reality discipline ideas, during that phase, seemed to be centered around privileges.

When my kids played with their toys correctly and put them away when asked, it showed they were responsible enough to have a few extra minutes added to their bedtime. But if they were defiant, this showed me they needed extra sleep, which meant fewer privileges.

Whatever the consequence, I made sure it was tied to the action. I tried to make sure that I thought of safe and reasonable consequences before my kids pushed my buttons.  Otherwise, emotions pushed over the edge will often cause us to throw out threats we won’t carry through.

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Godly Friends for Our Kids

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If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there’s no magic formula for raising kids.

If a new mom were to ask me for a secret formula, I’d say pray for wisdom to know how to balance discipline and grace, work and fun, saying yes or no and pray that they’ll find really good friends. The friend’s part is huge.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a mom. But one thing I’ve discovered I did right was praying for godly friends for my daughter. She’s not the kind of girl who will ever have a ton of friends. But I want the friends she does have to be good influences. So, I keep praying.

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