Last Dance

My Daddy died yesterday. Unexpectedly- but not without warning. He had just been over last week to have dinner with me and my kiddos. I was trying my culinary hand at boneless buffalo strips, (kinda thinkin’ I could bring the same flavor as bone-in wings) ah but  you can’t! You must have all the flavor-makin’ marrow to bring the “finger-lickin’good!” Anyway, he came over like he always did when he could and he hung out with me in the kitchen while I cooked and talked. He told his stories; asked about the kids,…

Commonplace & Miraculous

As Senator Blunt spoke the words, “commonplace and miraculous,” yesterday in his opening remarks for the presidential inauguration,  I was drawn to the birth of Christ and to His entire ministry and representations of God for us. I was reminded that we ought to be encouraged ( those of us who are commonplace who call on the name of Christ) for Jesus, time and time again, reaches from the commonplace and makes it miraculous. It made me consider how much striving for bigger and better and best we do creating…

Assuming Corpse Pose

Yoga is different than any other thing I have ever done.  It requires me to zero in on just the thing I am there to do- nothing else can distract. It starts by making us leave our worldly distractions at the door-phone, purse, everything else we brought in with us stays in the locker room, and we are only allowed to bring in what’s necessary for the class: our towel, mat, & water bottle. We even shed our shoes! Barefoot! One of my fave new things in life is to…

Not One Righteous…Know Thyself

Christ tried to prepare us for it with scriptures that warn us “Judge not, lest you be judged. It is one of the simplest directives in the Bible, yet one of the hardest to follow. Why? Because out of our personal wounds come our cry for justice. Our focus becomes retaliatory needing to relieve pressure on the heart and mind for having been wronged. This is brokenness exposed.  We can’t be confused; there is a biblical standard, and we as the church must address it when dealing with sin. I…

Grief: It’s Not for Lily Tappers

Sometimes it hits when I least expect it. I am fine. Then I am crying. Then I am fine again. No matter how long it lasts, I am ten times more tired when it is over than I was before it hit. I have learned to let it pass through me, lest it undo me. I don’t even apologize anymore. I just carry a kleenex in my hand. We went white water rafting in Colorado this summer for vacation. The guide was specific in his instructions telling and demonstrating exactly how…

How Much, O Lord? …a devotional call to men for family and church.

You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37 calls it the great and foremost commandment!  –Deuteronomy 6:5-9 adds another component key to winning the battle…with all your heart, soul, and might (or strength). It is a command not a request.  An imperative-Not a suggestion or a good idea-but a specific directive given to followers of Christ. For those of you who are parents or leaders of children in any capacity, you know that there were times in life when you DID NOT give your…

The Capacity to Forgive…Choosing the God Peace In a Troubled Marriage

I believe we all have a different capacity for forgiveness. Maybe it is tied all the way back to our parents and how we watched them argue, solve conflict, make up, or move forward after a terrific event in which they clearly abused one another in some remarkable way. I don’t know really if I believe that is where it springs from, or if it comes from a natural inner temperament like being nice or overly generous would. Wherever it abides, it is a deep-seated willingness to “overlook a matter”…

TAKE A KNEE

  One of the things I love about being an educator is the role of instilling respect into the fabric of a child’s being. Not the Nanny McPhee approach of “Behave or beware,” though I do love that woman. But the “I love this teacher, this school, this mission so much that I am compelled to respond with honor and give my full allegiance”  kind of respect. I also love the result of having taught it well over the course of a child’s life and seeing it show up innately when…

It is Well With My Song

There are unexpected tragedies in life; they catch us by surprise and in an instant bring with them a death blow, leaving us wrecked! Recently our family experienced such a trauma and found ourselves reeling in disbelief and grief that we are still carrying daily.   Through the series of unfortunate events, we kept listening to our preprogrammed Christian radio stations each day on the way to work/school hoping to glean a little strength to make it through the end of the semester! I was struck by the ever relentless…

Adoration is God’s Alone

I never realized my misuse of the word “adore” before now. I spoke it as quickly as I would have the word love and thought of it in the vein of “am enamored with or so very happy with, like I adore that rug, or I adore my husband! But recently a very painful turn of events forever changed my thinking about lavishing such an honor on any human.  My husband of 28 years shared with me that he was no longer happy in our marriage, and was not sure…