but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
This story is extremely embarrassing for me to tell. Funny, but embarrassing.
Last year, my husband and I took six of our grandchildren to the Houston Astros baseball game. Five of the kids were getting bored with the game and asked to go to the playground.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:13-14
I have been crying off and on for the last few days. Graduation is this week and my youngest, my only baby girl, will be graduating high school.
I thought this would be easy for me since I’ve already experienced two graduations with my sons, but it’s actually harder! This is such an emotional time for me.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Proverbs 15:22
I stood there dumbfounded. I had just been served with a lawsuit based on false accusations.
Thanks to a phone call the week before, I already knew it was coming and I thought I was prepared for it. But it still caught me off guard and literally took my breath away.
My heart was breaking into a million pieces and I felt the life drain from my entire body. What was I going to do now?
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. Luke 15:24
Note: The following narrative was written with my son’s consent.
I sat there in the prayer room unable to exhale for fear of an anxiety attack. It was an emergency phone call from my oldest adult son and it was about to change the way I prayed for him.
My son knew I was in a church service, so for him to be calling meant it had to be urgent. Urgent was an understatement. This was a matter of life and death. Literally. My beloved firstborn son was calling to tell me goodbye, that he loved me and that he was sorry for the choices he made.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psalm 16:6
I may not be rich but I am wealthy when it comes to family. I can remember as a small child being asleep and hearing my mother come into my room to pray. I didn’t understand every word because she was praying in Spanish. But I understood enough to know she was talking to God. She prayed constantly for her family and still does to this day.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Parenting teenagers can be difficult & scary at times. There will be moments when we will have to speak to our teens about negative behaviors or wrong choices. Teens deal with so much already and it can feel like we are nagging them or being critical of them when all we want to do is help them through this journey called life. Sometimes we can be intimidated by their response, lack of response or the dreaded rolling of the eyes!