Let them remember you

“These kids are not going to remember us. So just do your job, go home, and forget about what goes on here. Because when they leave, they will forget about you.” A conversation. Said after a hopeless week. After taking home way too much junk from kids who aren’t “mine,” but some days certainly feel…

Are you “nuts” every day?

There are three things that amaze me-no, four things I don't understand; how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. Proverbs 30:18-19 Yes. A card. With the word “nuts” on it. And you know what. Many would…

A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that…

Love that simply gives

"I filled it up. There are more left, but I stopped at 316." 316? "Yes. 316 mints." A jar. Filled to the top with 316 mints counted out by my daughter. "You know. For John 3:16-For God so loved the world He gave...and you are giving." Or so I thought. They, however, were never given.…

“Real” Love….getcha some.

I’m going to show my age here. Urban Cowboy. It’s a movie. John Travolta. Not so Grease and Saturday Night Fever cool. Common boy meets girl, fall in love, fall out of love, do whatever you can do to make each other jealous until you realize...well darn, he really was the one type of movie.…

Passing the “Love” test

No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I am bankrupt without love. 1 Corinthians 13:3, MSG  Love. It’s something we all crave. Deep down in the very core of our beings. Sometimes when we have not received it, it’s also the very thing we reject. Because we want to be loved we…

A little love up in here

Surely, Lord, You are in this place. Surely, Lord, You are in this place. These were the words written in my daily devotional this morning. These were the words I had to repeatedly say to myself over and over just to get through my day today. To get through some spaces today. Surely, Lord, you…

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…

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…

Why can’t we just be nice

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18  I started something different recently in the Wednesday night service I lead at my local church. Instead of another children's sermon with kids sitting in neat rows, I started breaking them into groups. The purpose-conversation, fellowship and…