Get up! Lift them up! Take them by the hand!

There's a story in Genesis that grabs me. Abraham and Sarah used their servant Hagar in their unbelief to get for themselves the child God promised. But when Sarah finally gave birth to the son God had promised, they sent Hagar and her son Ismael away into the desert. In Genesis 21:8-21, the story goes… Continue reading Get up! Lift them up! Take them by the hand!

Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.

Yesterday at church my pastor taught through the story in Genesis where Jacob wrestles with "a man."  Toward the end of the sermon he referred to the passage in Genesis 32: 9-12 where Jacob prays. And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your… Continue reading Mothers: Tell your kids to trust the God of their mother.

A Man You Shall Be

Tomorrow, my youngest son turns 13.  His birth came at such a memorable time in my life. It was two days after Christmas and my marriage was in shambles. But God was with me!  God with us, who we celebrate at Christmas, was filling me with hope when I should have been in despair.  He… Continue reading A Man You Shall Be

eyes on the Author- the every morning struggle to walk by faith

I don't wake up full of vision and motivation.  Actually, what motivates me most is the idea that my french press and single-origin coffee from Guatemala are just minutes away from awaking my senses with it's warm, toasty aroma.  And on those days when I get my stiff, puffy-eyed body out of bed and make… Continue reading eyes on the Author- the every morning struggle to walk by faith

Memorial Day: Remembering when you don’t remember

(photo credit)I'm a generation X-er.  The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Shock and Awe headlines of March 2003, are the acts of war I remember.   And as close to home as the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan have been to me, no one close to me has… Continue reading Memorial Day: Remembering when you don’t remember