"Woo-hoo! Substitute teacher!" I can tell from the moment that I walk in that the kids are expecting an easy, rambunctious day when I am substitute teaching. They are usually right. It's a tradition. I remember thinking the same thing when I was a kid. I am a poor substitute for their regular teacher who knows each of them and her plan for the year … Continue reading the story "The Substitute"
Monthly Archives for September, 2012
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"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God." ~ Billy Graham I saw this quote and immediately things started running through my mind, things that our society approves of and are thoroughly offensive to God. No shortage of offensive examples exist whether you look to the entertainment industry, acceptable dating etiquette, or even the laws of our country. As I was … Continue reading the story "Offending God"
"What happened to Miss Independence?" Kelly Clarkston belts out in her famous, fun to sing along with song. What happened? She fell in love. Most of us can be quite independent, it's not really a matter of necessity that places us together. We fall in love. Recently my husband was out of town for a conference and I missed him horribly. I have become Miss Dependent. … Continue reading the story "Miss Dependent"
Sometimes people say to me things like, "I don't really think God cares about that part of my life," or "I'm sure God has better things to worry about than the details of my life." This attitude really breaks my heart. To think that God really just doesn't care that much about you must be awfully discouraging. I admit that sometimes it is harder than others to listen … Continue reading the story "He’s in the Details"
I love a beautiful sunset. Gorgeous colors that only appear in the sky for a few minutes of the day splash across the horizon, peek through the trees, and reflect on the glittering surface of the lake we live on. I like to take pictures of the sky when God puts on a little show for us like this. Usually, the camera is carefully pointed to … Continue reading the story "Some Things Can’t Be Cropped"
Anyone singing? "We're better together cuz God made us that way." It's from my kids' favorite episode of the Good Sports Gang, and I love the message it teaches them. How many of you have had the following interactions? "How are you?" "Fine." "Can I help with that?" "Oh, no! I couldn't ask you to do that!" I know that I have heard comments like these hundreds of times. Our … Continue reading the story "We’re Better Together Cuz’ God Made Us That Way"
It all started during the drive home from school the other day. Tyler, my 13 year old, started talking about who would be going to the same high school as him next year. Then he wanted to pump the gas for the van - without help! About an hour later I went back to the school to pick up my daughter, Gabby, who is 10 … Continue reading the story "Growing old gracefully?"
Recently I read an article about how impatience can adversely affect the writing process. Some of the detriments mentioned were that you fail to take advantage of others’ expertise, you come across as arrogant, and the work you do is not as good as it could have been. While the advice to slow down and be patient is good … Continue reading the story "My impatience . . . hurry up and read already!!!"
Today is my day to clean the house, do laundry, change the kitty litter . . . all those things I like to put off. As I try to persuade myself to begin I am reminded of a Bible study that I attended as a young mom ten or so years ago. I wish I could remember the … Continue reading the story "Housework = Praise???"