A living example?

Something I've been pondering lately: Can empathy be taught? As I talk and talk, and guide and guide; even pray for others to make wise choices. To think of another's perspective, I often wonder if being intentional and considering the hearts of others is a skill that can be learned. Some days it seems downright…

Love that “sticks”

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, doesn't have a swelled head, doesn't force itself on others, isn't always "me first," doesn't fly off the handle. Doesn't keep score of the sins of others. Doesn't revel when others grovel. Takes…

Fear not

I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 "I’m not sending the kids up, since you are asleep." This is what my husband had declared to me as he got the kids off to school. Part of the morning routine he has handled…

Father, forgive them…even the bullies

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34 I have spent a number of weeks both at home and in my “day job,” trying to teach compassion and kindness. Encouraging children to not point out differences as if they are an abomination. But learning to love and accept the…

I need what He’s got

Crowds. I never much liked them. As a kid, teen, and a young adult I always remember struggling to figure out my place in the crowd. Where exactly I fit in. It gave me anxiety. Made me nervous. Made me wonder who exactly I was. I would either be the loudest in the room. Or…

When loving others makes you “Crazy”

Ever been called crazy? Reckless? Dangerous? Ever wondered why others don't fight the way you do? Think the way you do? Feel the same anger at the same injustices you do? Even look at the "others" with the same love you do? Ever had something really important you know had to be said, only to feel…

Your “good” name

A good name is to be chosen over great wealth. Proverbs 22:1 "Oh, you're January!" This could be a statement that fills you with a sense of dread. Hmmm...what did they mean by that? Thankfully this time, the comment was made in the local Starbucks that I frequently visit many mornings. The one that knows…

Let my words be sweet

“Because she is a crybaby. That’s why she is crying.” Where did these words come from you ask? They were uttered from my youngest. The answer from the lips of my son after his sister had asked why tears had filled her mom’s eyes. And, of course, after these words, I began to cry even…

Not a Stand-In Comforter

If you look closely in the picture above. Beyond the curly-headed boy, focused intently on the puzzle sure to keep him busy for at least five minutes on a long car ride. You will see, peeking from his little lap-the blue, tattered, and worn face of his beloved puppy.  This puppy has been Hunter's devoted…

Until His voice is louder

"Whose voice is loudest in your life?" -Sadie Robertson "You failed again." "Not good enough." "Yep. Told you they were right. Nothing redeeming in that one." "No one cares. No one is listening. Where is your God now?" "Mmmmhmmmm. You messed up good this time. He isn't coming to save you." Imperfect. Failure. Incompetent. Naive.…