Sunday Morning

Singing this today and reminding myself that God is in charge. While I’m anxious about adoption paperwork and trusting on God to provide the funds for His calling, I shouldn’t be. I’m trying to rest in His peace today and trust Him to guard my heart and mind….battlefields for my focus.

By the way, have you heard of Seeds Family Worship? I love the way they’ve put scripture to music to help families worship and memorize scripture together! We’re not talking boring or annoying kids music either, but something that adults enjoy, too. When you order one of their CD’s, you actually get 2 CD’s…one for you and one to share with someone that needs Jesus! Plus, you can listen to some of the music online for free!

Cousins

There’s just something about being a cousin…a connection.

Even if you’re not together often, you pick up right where you left off.

Your hearts share a language.

No one has to tell you that you’re family or teach you how to be a cousin…it just comes naturally.

Sure, you fight over toys or who will hold the caterpillar, but at the end of the day, none of that matters…

because you’re cousins.

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My sweet Jonah,

You may never fully understand why Mommy holds this picture of you and your cousin Cassidy so dearly. While I hope there are many, many more moments captured between you two, today I’m thankful for this one. This picture is proof that God is at work in our midst. Right there in the middle of the splash pad on a hot summer day…Holy Ground. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3) for He alone is worthy of praise (Psalm 145). While I want to shield you from every kind of emotional pain, I know I can’t. But know this…we have a Redeemer who heals. He is capable of bearing the weight of our burdens (Psalm 68:19)…even the the hurts we think we’ll never be able to recover from. God is faithful! He sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6) and He restores things once broken by our sinful human hands (1 Peter 5:10). My sweet son, I hope these words are written on your heart and you understand them one day…but mostly, I hope you experience God working in your midst and the forgiveness flows like water from a fountain.

Love,

Mommy

{Linked to Finer Things Friday}

Sunday Morning

The Joys of Being Known

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I love the type of conversations with friends where you lose track of time. You know, when you realize you’ve been on the phone for two hours and you know you could easily talk another two hours without blinking. The kind when you can say things that weigh heavy on your heart with brutal honesty and you know the other person on the line loves you just as much, if not more than when you had kept it bottled up inside. No masks, no magic tricks, no smoke & mirrors…just you and all your idiosyncrasies in all their glory. The kind of friendship where they see you…the real you…and it doesn’t scare them away. Bearing your soul, but the next second, laughing hysterically and hearing the echoes of giggles past joining in. And when you finally peel yourself from the phone… after you’ve said a hundred goodbyes, you feel lighter and refreshed…ready to tackle the world, or at the very least, the laundry mountain.

I love those friendships that you’ve had for years, and they’ve grown as you have. Through the twists and turns of life, through seasons, and kids, but yet they’re still there waiting on the shelves when you’re ready to pull them down and dust them off again. And when you do, they’re just as comfortable as before, but yet at the same time they’re better, because you’ve both lived in the meantime. The kind of friendships that are as comfortable as your favorite sweatshirt on a blustery day. The kind of friendship where your souls are knit together and you can’t remember where you end and she begins.

To have someone to rejoice with, to cry with, laugh with, and pray with. Oh, the joys of being known!

I’m thankful today for a friend like that. A gift from the Father as I navigate this thing called life…because we just aren’t designed to go through life alone.

Meaningful Easter Books That Teach!

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

This is by far one of my favorite books! For three little trees who dream of what they will be someday – a holder of treasure, a fine ship, a hilltop beacon pointing to God – life proves to have something rather different in store. They are disappointed that their lives are so mundane. And, as the years pass, “the three trees nearly forgot their dreams.” Yet each eventually gets its wish, although not in the way it had foreseen. When that happens, each discovers that things turned out just the way they should have.

My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter

Kids will hear the TRUE story of Easter in a fun, colorful way. By using the many colors commonly found in Easter baskets, the author takes us through the entire Easter story–from the green palm leaves, to the purple wine, to the red blood, to the brown cave, to the white angel, to the yellow sun. My friend and fellow M.O.B. Society writer Katie Orr came up with a fabulous activity that would go well with this book!

J Is for Jesus: An Easter Alphabet And Activity Book

This book walks us through the week before Jesus’ death and Resurrection in alphabet form. It clearly teaches children about the Holy Week and the reasons we celebrate Easter without being too complicated or too advanced.

Here is a great list of books to read as we get ready to celebrate The Resurrection of Jesus… (click over to see the widget if reading in email or blog reader)

Sunday Morning

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”~Romans 8:15

Sunday Morning

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I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. ~John 12:46