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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The Importance of Obedience

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’-which is the first commandment with a promise-‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”              -Ephesians 6:1-4

In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon, inspired by Native American legend, set sail for Bimini seeking riches and a fountain of youth.  He would find neither.
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When You Feel Like You’re Going Under

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt like you just weren’t going to make it through? Have you ever said, “Lord, I just can’t do this!  This is too hard!”

About a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2016, my then 15 year old daughter, Caroline, began to have some serious struggles.  Her struggles became my struggles.   What mother can endure watching their beloved child suffer and not find that to be a suffering all of its own?!

Some of the thoughts we began to face were, “Why is this happening?”  “Did we do something wrong?”  “Is there something we’re not doing that we should be doing?”  “Is there something wrong with us?” Continue reading “When You Feel Like You’re Going Under”