Growing up, this was my comeback repatoire: See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya! Talk to the hand. You got moded! If I had a dog that looked like you, I'd shave it's butt & make it walk backward. Liar liar pants on fire hanging from a telephone wire! I only wish I had discovered the joys of "Bye, Felicia!" when I was young.
Look, everyone has problems. No one has a perfect life, even if their Facebook updates read like an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In my life, I have a problem with tunnel vision. I get so fixed on stuff that I don't see the big picture. I get hung up on details. I get...stuck. But what if I tried a different angle? What looks like a problem through my eyes looks like an opportunity through The Lord's eyes. That's sort of annoying, huh? Can't anything be simple? Nope! You will not always have answers in this life. You [...]
What if we adulted better? Instead of accusing, try asking. Instead of talking to others about it (aka gossip), go to the source. Instead of criticizing, ask how you can help. Instead of being rude, try kindness. Instead of indifference, find your passion. Instead of procrastination, plan ahead. Instead of boredom, get creative. Instead of complaining about your job, update your resume & go somewhere else. Instead of arguing, try listening.
My son Wyatt was nagging me for a snack. Pot roast was bubbling away in the crockpot & was going to be ready in an hour. I tried to pacify him with a small apple - but he would not relent. He was persistent. He was...whiny. I couldn't help but think of the parallel between my kids & I & the relationship between God the Father & I. When God says no, am I a whiny baby? Do I throw fits? (Actually, I sort of did yesterday about something really dumb.) Or am I gracious & move on in the [...]
In church today, three words that were whispered to my heart were "invest in eternity". Sujo John was our speaker today & founder of You Can Free Us. He has visited our church a couple of times - and we love him & his ministry. He survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 & is a modern day abolitionist. We can see sex slavery eradicated in our time. We WILL see it end in THIS GENERATION. It is easy for me to be discouraged. I often feel far from who & where I want to be. But I [...]
A colleague of mine thought he saw me at Costco. He made faces, waved & acted like a weirdo. It wasn't me. When I inquired why he thought it was me, he insisted this person had bright purple hair. My hair is not purple this week. I laughed. Even if you have a bright colored hair doppelgänger cruising the aisles of your local overly priced big box retailer, remember this one thing: there's only one you. God saw a need. And He made YOU. Look, we can't all have bangs like Zooey Deschanel. We can't all sing like Adele. We [...]
I turn 37 in 37 days. I'm asking a lot of existential questions lately. I often do not feel like I'm the person I want to be - but I'm a work in progress. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt - I have a family that is better than my best dreams. That fact - that miracle, it stirs faith & causes hope to rise within me. I'm reminded daily that nothing is impossible for God. So, 36? It's been real. Bye, Felicia! I'm thinking 37 is going to be one for the books!
I do what I want when it comes to my hair. That's the way I've always been. I was the kid that took scissors to her hair at age 5, much to my mother's chagrin. I have had virtually every color on the wheel. Most of the time it was intentional. In my youth, a failed hair experiment in the bathroom would end in tears & land me in the chair of a salon. These days, if I mess up I can laugh it off or fix it with a product I have on standby. Yes, I keep hair color [...]
At dinner, we go around the table and talk about our days. The boys have an ongoing joke where they list off their daily activities at school & then add, "then I played in the water". To which everyone else at the table must reply, "No you didn't!" It's our thing. Last night, David wanted to know more & cut through some of the silliness asked, "Boys, what was your favorite part of your day?" Wyatt quickly without hesitation said, "Being with you." I fought back tears. Our bonds are strong & deep. I have the sweetest boys on earth.
Social media can be unfair. Often it is a highlight reel & you never really see what someone is really going through. In fact, I'm guessing you can think of at least 1 person you are "friends" with who seems to have a perfect life. Don't believe their hype - even if THEY believe it. Life is hard. For everyone. You can probably think of someone who uses Facebook as though it's a diary. This person will accuse people of being nosey. Then, there are pot-stirrers. No explanation needed. My point... I read several posts on social media I disagreed [...]