A Secret to Success

We’re going to let you in on a secret.

A secret to success.

A kingdom secret.

First things first. No kidding around. No sarcasm. No exaggeration. Harold and I started off our marriage and family handicapped and destined for failure. We both came from broken families. We both grew up in rough neighborhoods and we had experienced trauma and abuse during childhood that had left us scarred. When our first child arrived we were clueless and wounded.

Fast forward 22 years and 8 children later.

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What We Deserve

From time to time in my journey of faith I get confused. For one reason or another I begin to believe that God owes me something. Our faith is probably never weaker then when we believe that we deserve to have God do anything for us.

In Luke 7:1-10 a very intriguing interaction takes place. A Roman centurion has Continue reading “What We Deserve”

Helping Our Children Finish Strong

If we want our children to finish strong we have to be willing to run alongside them when they are struggling.

Last fall I ran a 5K with three of my older children. When the race began all three kids were running strong and well ahead of me. After we passed the first mile marker one of them started falling back behind the other two and eventually fell far enough back that I caught up to her. I came alongside her and asked how she was doing. She complained of cramps. We continued running together well behind her brother and sister. I was enjoying the run and hadn’t noticed that my straggling child had now fallen back behind me and was barely running. At this point I had a tough decision to make. I had been Continue reading “Helping Our Children Finish Strong”

Diligent on the Watch

“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”        -Psalm 130:6

How’s your watch going?

Caroline and I have found that when we get past the “why” in our struggles, we slam straight into the “how long?”  How long am I going to have to deal with this?  How long will it take before my prayers are answered?  How long before I see God move on my behalf?

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