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To the Mom Whose Kids Misbehaved in Church Yesterday

Teacher Stopping Two Boys Fighting In Playground

Dear Mom Whose Kids Misbehaved in Church,

I heard your kids yesterday in church. Like, through the entire service. I saw the displeased glances people exchanged and the dirty looks a few people shot your way.  I know you were embarrassed and frustrated and probably wish you’d just stayed home. I’m sure you personally didn’t get much out of the service. Perhaps you left early to avoid people making comments to you about their behavior afterward. But I wish you’d stayed, because I have something very important to tell you: Thank you.

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To Write a Blog

Okay, dear readers, I’m going to change things up a bit today.  Today you’re going to write my blog for me.

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New School Year Confessions from a Tired Mom

I remember the day my oldest child started preschool. He had a bag full of brand-new school supplies, all carefully labelled and placed just so in his pencil box. I had his clothes laid out the night before, down to socks and shoes. I got up early to make a special breakfast and got there early enough to walk him in and get him adjusted before I left. Then I went for a walk with my good friend, whose oldest was also starting preschool that morning. It was a great day. Now here I am, seven years later, with three kids in school, another at home, and yet another on the way. I’m not nearly as organized and peppy as I was way back when. Allow me to explain…

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What’s It All About?

The story of Joseph has long intrigued and fascinated me. This poor guy was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers who couldn’t stand that he was their father’s favorite. At the age of 17 he was taken to Egypt as a slave, and there experienced a lot of ups and downs (think Potiphar’s wife, prison, etc). This young man had a lot of blows to deal with. He had a few major upheavals that changed the course of his life, yet he didn’t abandon his faith. More importantly, God didn’t abandon him. And the scene near the end when Joseph finally reveals to his brothers who he is and forgives them- it’s a perfect tear-jerker ending. Even Hollywood would be hard pressed to top that. But let’s look at that scene a bit more closely, shall we?
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Out of Our League

This past weekend my son had the opportunity to play in a baseball tournament.  I’m not gonna lie to ya, it was painful.  They were the only local Parks and Rec team playing against travel teams.  Serious teams.  Teams that practice during the winter and play in competitions most weekends throughout the summer.  Our kids lost every single game.  Badly.  I think in four games they scored a grand total of 5 runs, which wasn’t even half of what the other teams scored against them in one game.  It was obvious from about the second inning of the first game that we were way out of our league.  The kids knew there was no way they could possibly win against these other teams, but they kept playing nonetheless.  No one  quit or walked away or threw their glove down in disgust.  I’m sure they were frustrated, but they kept on going.  They pulled together as a team and encouraged each other through it all.  And at the end of the day, they all put their hands in and yelled out their team name together proudly.

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Signs of Spring

It’s been a long, hard winter.  Most of us in North America experienced a harsher winter than usual, thanks to Arctic blasts that kept temperatures well below normal and gifted us with more snow and ice than we’ve had in some years.  Schools had many cancellations and delays, forcing make up days that will extend well into June.  But even though the winter came at us hard, and we thought it may never end, spring is on its way.  Yellow daffodils and purple hyacinths are out in full bloom.  Our resident robin who built her nest on our drainpipe just hatched her four eggs.  The grass is green instead of brown.  The snowy days have given way to rainy ones.  Our forsythia bush is starting to get yellow flowers on the end of the branches.  Even our magnolia tree is just starting to bud, and I counted a dozen buds on it just today.  There’s no mistaking it.  The signs of spring are in the air.  Spring is finally coming.

But not all of us are experiencing spring.  Some of us have been stuck in a figurative season of winter so long we no longer remember what spring feels like.  I’m there.  I’ve been there for a long time.  It’s been a long, hard winter, and here’s the thing.  I don’t know if spring will ever come. Continue reading “Signs of Spring”

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