Sweeter with God

God Watches To Make Sure His Plans Are Fulfilled

In my previous post, I mentioned that one of my kiddos is facing a bunch of obstacles. She’s working her way through a series of medical tests that, even to a veteran, can be intimidating. Add to that, she’s 18 and now the “responsible party” for all of her paperwork. Although we don’t expect anything life-altering, the “not knowing” can be scary. But it’s the road God has her on right now. God assigned a daunting task to the prophet Jeremiah, as well. In the Old Testament, God appointed Aaron (Moses’ older brother) and his descendants to be the priests of Israel…. Read More ›

In a Storm of Change, What Is Your Anchor?

I’m living in a storm of change. Changes with my parents. Changes with Tim’s parents. Changes with my kids. An increase in my volunteer time. A decrease in my time with God. (oops!) It seems that every time I turn around, things are no longer as they once were. Right now, it seems that change is the constant. With all this change, I need an anchor–something, Someone who does not change. My two 18-year-old “kids” are eagerly (and somewhat anxiously) looking toward their futures. This process of change is not always peaceful! One of them is in the middle of hurdling a series of obstacles…. Read More ›

Do You Bear the Family Resemblance?

I love to see a family resemblance. Whether it’s in my own family or someone else’s, I always smile when I catch a glimpse of a parent in their child. Sometimes it’s much more than a slight resemblance. It doesn’t matter the age, sometimes the similarity is striking. A son may be the spittin’ image of his dad. A daughter looks just like her mom. People tell me all the time, “You look just like your mom!” I consider it a compliment! Scripture tells us that Adam had a moment like this. When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father… Read More ›

Help When You Need It

A few weeks ago God gave me an assignment. Not one that I didn’t have experience for. But one that required the best of me–or, better than my current best. Even better said, I needed help and all God could give for me to complete it well. The assignment? Enter a writing contest. The prize? A scholarship to a premier writers conference. Writing the article was not horribly scary, but the thought of winning terrified me. Because that would require even more of me–my abilities, my time, my courage–than I possess. At first I wondered if participating in this writing contest was… Read More ›

How To Keep Focused On Christ This Christmas

Several years ago our family took a Christmas trip to New York City … Wow. New York is an incredible place to visit. But during Christmas—it is magical. We immersed ourselves in the city. We rode the subway, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and ate from food trucks. Our kids ice-skated in Bryant Park on Christmas Eve. We visited Ground Zero on Christmas Day. During the most wonderful time of the year, our eyes were on a million wonderful things—but we missed THE most wonderful thing. It wasn’t intentional, but in the midst of the magic, we missed Jesus.   Today is a redux… Read More ›

A Not-So Silent Night

Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright. Sounds a lot like most of the nativity sets I have in my home. Beautiful, breakable. Set just so. I do love this old, German/Austrian Christmas carol. It’s a favorite of many. As a young girl, I remember trying to slide into that high note at the end–not so beautifully–as evidenced by the adults staring and winking in my direction. Yes … favorite, tender lyrics. But are they an accurate depiction for the night of Jesus’ birth? It most certainly was a holy night. But it I don’t think it… Read More ›

When You Find Your Lost Treasure

Recently I read a story about a woman who lost one of her ten silver coins. Today, an ounce of silver is worth about the cost of a moderately priced meal. For this woman, each coin was worth about a day’s wage. She had lost 10% of her savings. The story says that she lit a lamp, swept the entire house, and searched carefully for it. When she finally found it, she invited her friends over and had a party (Luke 15:8-10)! I see myself so clearly in this parable. Maybe because I’m a woman and the story is about a woman. But… Read More ›