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Beth & I are wrapping up our love series today. I’ve been thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, as we observe his birthday. I spoke with a friend recently who marched with him. At the time, my friend was an 11 year old boy. I cried as he told the story of how Dr. King took a rock to the head from an angry onlooker, but kept marching. Our kids love who we love. They’ll hate who we hate. Dr. King’s dream did not die with him. His death will not be in vain. It’s up to US. We must love better. We must do better. I remembered a first grade teacher showing my class Dr. King’s famous speech. My boys are not much younger than I was when I heard it the first time. I pulled it up on YouTube this morning and shared it with them.…

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Beth and I are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:7 This verse reminded me of Psalm 100:5, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” How can anything endure every circumstance? How can something endure forever? It must be divine. That is the only explanation. It is FACT that there has never been a moment if your life that you have been unloved. Even in your darkest hour. At your worst. When you felt alone. When you were afraid. In your doubt. In your pain. In your guilt. In your best day. In all your victories – both big and small. His love endures. Like a long-distance runner who never tires. Like your favorite song on repeat, its beat guiding your steps as you walk to the rhythm. I want to love like that.

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New Years resolutions are inevitable. Even when I say I’m not going to make them, I’m unintentionally making a resolution to not make resolutions! I hear the same things every year, too. Lose weight. Travel more. Try new things. Volunteer more. Spend more time with the family. There has to be a way of setting goals that inspires us to become the best version of ourselves, but aren’t unrealistic and don’t make us feel like failures if they go unaccomplished. Here is my list of five realistic goals I’m setting for myself in 2018. Continue reading at Portland Moms Blog  Here’s my first (and hopefully not my last) appreance on KGW. http://www.kgw.com/mobile/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/resolutions-parents-should-make-this-year/283-2852249

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Beth and I are contuing our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13:7. Were looking at how love is “always hopeful”.  But what do you do when it hurts to hope? Yesterday was our “gotcha day”, and the fact it falls on New Years Eve adds an extra element of celebration. (It was the 3rd anniversary of our adoption being finalized.) Whenever I hear the word “hope” I’m haunted by memories of the pain I felt because it hurt to hope. Your doctors tell you there is little hope for bearing children. Your body is another year older and betrays your deepest desire. Your faith tells you anything is possible. It’s a complicated mix of emotions. You want to be hopeful, but you also want to be realistic. I don’t know the answers for your situation, but I can tell you that in His love, hope is found. It may…

Many of our neighbors are facing life and death situations and we may not even know about it. Just two years ago, Melissa Brown was admitted to the hospital in dire need of a miracle. She needed a heart transplant. On August 29, 2015, her prayers were answered when she received a heart. But a donor heart comes at a price; someone’s loss was her gain. The loss of a husband and son made Melissa’s second chance possible. A year post-op, she came face to face and met the donor’s mother and wife. As a token of her appreciation, Melissa gave each of the women special teddy bears with a recording of the heartbeat that gave her new life. There were many tears and hugs. It brought great comfort to the family. What Melissa has done with her new life is nothing short of extraordinary. Along with her sister, Sarah,…