Jump. You Can Trust Him.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11 NIV 1984, emphasis mine) What was it in my husband’s personality that made him want to toss his children up over his head and catch them again? It scared me to death, but our daughters weren’t frightened. Nope. They loved it. I can remember their laughter and giggles … and my worry … even now. Despite my fears, he never once dropped either of those precious girls. As our daughters grew older, they would stand on the bed and shout, “Catch me, Daddy!” Again, every time they […] Read more »

Labor On

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV) I had such idealistic ideas about childbirth before our first child was born. Kathryn would be delivered naturally, as I stared calmly at my focal point picture, breathing as I had been taught with my wonderful husband and coach whispering just the right words of encouragement into my happy ears. Our baby would emerge pretty and pink and glowing with health. We had attended the classes. We had practiced. We were ready. Well ... the reality was somewhat messier than expected. I was in labor 28 hours. […] Read more »

Choosing the Unlikely

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things … the weak things … the lowly things of this world … so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus .... (1 Corinthians 1:26-30 NIV) He was a most unlikely candidate to lead a nation. He had an anger problem. He ran away instead of facing his troubles. And he had a speech issue. Oh, and did I mention he was 80 years old? But God chose Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and into […] Read more »