• January 25, 2017 /  Uncategorized

    David, the man after God’s own heart, went through lots of stuff in his lifetime. In his younger days, he was surrounded with the bleating of sheep on a hillside.
    As the years rolled by David found himself seated on thrones, hiding in caves, encompassed by wars, running for his life, dancing before the Ark and handling numerous affairs in his extremely dysfunctional family.
    There were times when David was encircled with supporters, counselors, and people who loved him. And there were plenty of times that he sat alone.

    Having ridden the waves of this bipolar life over and over again, David developed strategies to help him survive and succeed. Somewhere along his rollercoaster-of-life ride, David was forced to ride the front coaster seat alone, and that is where he looked to his right and then to his left and realized if he were to be encouraged, he was the only one around to do it.  That is the moment that David drew from all his inner strength and past experiences and stood up to himself and said, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, and you will yet praise him, my Savior and my God!”

    Our kiddos need to know that there will be plenty of times in their lives that God will surround them with comfort from friends, sound advice, and good counsel.
    They also need to learn that there will be just as many times that they are gonna feel lonely, left out and separated. It’s in those dark and scary times that we can pre-train our children to start talking to themselves and keep talking to themselves until themselves listens.

    Show your kids in the Scriptures how David did that. Read them his examples. Teach them that David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6) and so can they. Put the Psalms in their heads along with other mama words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth so that when the time comes, they will have a resource to draw from. Pray to the end that your kiddos will become professionals at strengthening themselves in the Lord.  Set a good example of this yourself and then watch and see what the Lord shall do!

     

     

     

     

     

  • January 3, 2017 /  Uncategorized


    Really? I had been asleep. Like asleep asleep when I felt a shaking on my shoulder and was startled awake. “Huh?” I asked sleepily. That is when Worry whispered in my ear, careful to not awaken anyone else in the house, “Hey, we need to finish out talk. I’ve got more to say.”

    “What in the world!” I responded. “We finished this conversation before I went to sleep, remember?  Evidently, Mr. Worry did not remember and here he was presenting himself beside my bed at 1 AM telling me we had unfinished business.

    Worry does not give up easily. He is persistent.
    He makes a pest of himself.
    He barges and shoves his way back into my space every chance he gets.
    And worry always, always, aways wants the last word. Always.

    Welp, last night, as usual, I was weak and I was tired. But Worry doesn’t care about that. He never waits for a good-healthy-level-headed-for-me-time to initiate our discussions. When Worry wants to talk he wants to talk now and his voice is loud enough to overtake my other conversations and lead me to turn to his. And his voice in strong enough that even in a whisper he can arouse me from a deep sleep. He is pretty dang demanding of me, my time and my energy.
    He really bugs me.

    Okay, since sleep is a must I gotta figure this one out. If Worry wants to dance his way through my front door in broad daylight that is one thing but sneaking around in my room when I am sound asleep is another. Worry reminds me of an ugly old thief that wants to rob from me and he knows his plans work best under the cover of darkness.

    So tonight I am gonna attempt a new approach. I will be sure to draw the shades and lock the doors. I will even leave a little night light on. And if Worry gets past that I already know what I am gonna say. When he begins to shake me awake and whispers in my ear I’ve got a plan. I figure I will wake up just long enough to firmly state in my big girl voice,
    …………………”IT IS FINISHED.”……………………….