The Agony of Annoyances

“We are wise to force ourselves to keep differentiating between simple inconveniences and authentic tribulations.  The more detached and self-absorbed we become, the more we mistake annoyances for agonies.”  ~ Beth Moore I’ve been reading I Am Malala, a book given to me for Christmas (thank you, Jill!).  If you have a TV and watch…

{How To Be A Blessing}

I just read this blog on how to bless others who may be experiencing a tougher financial situation than most.  It had some great ideas and thoughts, but a perusal of the comment section shows just how negatively some people reacted to it.  I have some very strong feelings about it as well, but instead…

Rest Assured

15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.” ~ Jesus, Luke 12:15 You know when God really wants you to learn something, and it seems like everywhere you go that message is reinforced? …

Why My Kids Don’t Believe in Santa Claus

Several eager little faces listened closely as I told them the biblical account of Jonah, the man who was swallowed by a fish after refusing to do what God told him to do.  “Jonah tried to run away from God, didn’t he?”  Little heads bobbed up and down.  “But he couldn’t get away from God,…

Some of the Stuff My Dad Taught Me

1. You can do anything you want with your life, no matter how much money or education you have (or don’t have). 2. Spending time with your family is MUCH more important than new toys. 3. Keep busy doing God’s work. 4. A good husband and father will put his dreams, ambitions and wants on…

Not My Home

A couple of weeks ago, we crammed 5 duffles, 3 sleeping bags, 1 cooler, 2 bags of food, 3 bottles of sunscreen, 3 “keep-busy” bags, 23 dvds, 1 dvd player, and 5 people into our well-travelled Dodge Grand Caravan. And then we set off on our biyearly trip down east.  We took the 401 all…