Giving and Receiving

*This was originally written on March 26, 2009, but it languished in my drafts folder until I found it today.*

The kids and I had an interesting trip to Wal-Mart after church last night. We had the unexpected opportunity to both give and receive.

I needed to pick up just a few items, including milk. We made our way to the back of the store for the milk first (that’s Mr. Incredible’s way of shopping that has become ingrained in me).… Read the rest

Thank You for the Valley

I can’t remember where I read this, but some study found that when people who were unhappy with their {life, marriage, whatever} were surveyed again 5 years later, the overwhelming majority of them were no longer unhappy with that situation.

I can say from personal experience that you never know when the situation that is weighing on you will be transformed from a burden into a blessing.

To be quite honest, while the past 4 or so years have been pretty tough for me, the past 2 years have been especially difficult.… Read the rest

Kill ‘Em with Kindness (Part 2)

(If you missed it, you need to read Kill ‘Em with Kindness Part 1 before you read today’s post.)

Yesterday, I left off at the time when I found out that the family was moving, and the mom still had my favorite solo songbook.

I once again asked for my book. This time, she said that she had already returned it to me. I knew very well I had never received the book and tried to convince her of that fact.… Read the rest

Kill ‘Em with Kindness (Part 1)

I’ve been thinking about posting this for a couple of weeks now but wasn’t sure I wanted to be that transparent in such a public forum. 😀

Yesterday, our pastor preached an excellent sermon about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet. Many things stuck with me, but the one thing relating to this post is the verse that tells how Judas Iscariot angrily asked why the ointment hadn’t been sold and the money given to the poor.

Pastor pointed out that he is so thankful that the Bible is the best commentary on itself.… Read the rest

Where Will You Spend Eternity?

Layne’s funeral went well with both laughter and tears. I heard there were over 300 people in attendance, and Mr. Incredible and I saw people we hadn’t seen in nearly a decade.

Layne was one of 5 brothers, and every single one of them is/was a preacher. Sharon has two brothers, and one is a preacher. So Layne chose to have two brothers from each side of the family speak during the memorial service and told them that they only had 5 minutes to speak.… Read the rest

Going for the Gold

Michael Phelps’ feat is astonishing: 8 gold medals and 7 world records in 8 Olympic events. The whole world applauds what he has accomplished, and it is right that his achievement be recognized.

However, his noteworthy achievement did not happen by chance. He didn’t decide one morning a month or two ago that he was going to compete in the Olympics and try to win 8 gold medals. No, his achievement is the result of years of unnoticed sacrifice and determined dedication.… Read the rest

Fruit Defines the Tree

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Ever since Pookie was born, I have prayed that while my children were young, they would understand and accept God’s gift of salvation. Yet because of my own road to salvation, I was/am very afraid of pushing my children into making a false profession of faith. So I have continued to pray and have talked with the children as they have had questions or as a situation has led to an opening.… Read the rest