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Too much effort; not enough power

“Sweetie, be careful! You don’t need to lean on it like that. Let me show you a better way.” One of the little girls in my daycare struggles with the liquid soap dispenser in the bathroom. For some unknown reason, she thinks she must lean on the poor...

Refusing God’s Deliverance

  There have been times in my life I’ve prayed earnestly for deliverance. Times when the days were long, the nights were longer, and the tears were unending. The situation looked hopeless, and there was nothing I could do to help myself. Then the hand of...

Jesus knows how you feel

  “Well, no one knows how I feel!” How many times have we as teachers (or parents!) seen a child hurl these words over her shoulder, and stomp off to a corner of the playground to pout? We stand there thinking, Yes, I believe you’re right. There...

Roadblocks, writer’s block, and missing socks

You’ve probably already guessed from today’s title that this isn’t going to be my usual weekly article. It’s one of those “this-is-how-my-life-is-going-and-I-hope-it-encourages-you” posts. First, let me lay out a bit of background...

When your ending transforms into your beginning

Divorce papers, signed and sealed. A doctor’s diagnosis, no known cure. Foreclosure. A visit to the boss’ office. “I’m sorry, but we have to let you go.” On and on it goes—things that end, long before we are ready. Relationships...

We need each other

There’s a common misconception that my daycare runs on electricity, when it is actually powered by coffee. 🙂 Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee after feeding my kiddos breakfast and another one while they’re...