I had worked for months organizing a conference for a non-profit organization. After it was over, I still had follow-up work. Now all I could do was sit at home and keep my yellow cast elevated. After two weeks, there was still no way I could drive with that cast. It would take my husband an extra hour and a half to drop me off at work and pick me up each day. Circumstances forced me to leave my job two months early. [Read more…]
Ever have days when you feel downright un-lovable? Let me tell you, I certainly do. On the tired days when life lurches to high speed, I can snap and snarl. I make a snide comment to my husband. I say something gossipy to a girlfriend. I yell at one of my kids. Again.
Then I regret it and wonder how God could love a mess-up like me. God’s love is the first thing we learn when we come to Christ, but even after walking with Jesus 30 years, I still don’t quite get it. On good days, I’m fairly kind and considerate, but on my bad days, I can get mean and snappy. The people closest to me know it, too. Just ask them! I’m a sinner who desperately needs grace. [Read more…]
Once in a while you get a glimpse of God’s supernatural shining through your ordinary, but those glimpses seem few and far between while you run to the grocery store, vacuum the living room, or check school backpacks.
Last week a dream came true as my family and I visited one of the largest collections of art treasures in the world. Walking through room after room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we witnessed treasure after treasure: works by Rafael, Rembrandt, and Renoir, miniature ivory carvings, and jeweled Faberge eggs. Yet this mind-boggling collection of artistic treasure is hidden away inside a ho-hum, nondescript building. Looking at its plain exterior, you’d never guess what’s on the inside. [Read more…]
I felt two inches tall when the polished, professional woman across from me asked, “What do you do?” Chairman of her department at a local university, she peered at me through gold rimmed glasses when I said, “I’m a stay at home mom.” Then she looked past me and continued talking to the other women seated around us.
Have you ever been there?
If you’re feeling like your life is small, squeezed in somewhere between your job (inside or outside your home), your to-do list, and the people in your life, there’s something you have to know about you. [Read more…]
As I finally fell into bed on day #184 of our homeschool year, I wondered if what I was doing really mattered. I thought back over my day. Except for keeping two teenagers from killing each other, I’d done nothing earth-shaking or remarkable.
After breakfast, I hustled the kids to get out their books, checked math, and revised two compositions. I threw a load of laundry into the machine between a science video and a history lesson, and slapped lunch on the table. Later I did a few chores, met a friend for coffee, and rushed to make dinner. Tomorrow would be pretty much the same. Was I making a difference? [Read more…]