Wildfires in Montana, Washington, and California. Floodwaters and wind damage in huge portions of Texas. Entire islands underwater and an historic storm barreling toward the Florida coastline. And those are just the headlines in the United States. It all seems pretty catastrophic, doesn't it? Pretty "Hey, God, wake up!!! We're dying here!!!" I admit to a recent night of near-terror in my heart regarding the fate of my family if I were to do what I felt He was asking of me (namely intentionally staying in the path of what looks to be a nasty storm that, at that time, was projected to hit us head-on). Why would You ask that of me, God??
Do you know that if you listen, you will find that He answers?
Last night, during a time of prayer, this is where He led me: May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!May He send you help from the sanctuary and support you from Zion!May He remember all your meal offerings an…
There are so many things I have on my heart that are begging to be written. Our family has been so blessed in the last several weeks. Our joy in our faith is being renewed as we celebrate Hanukkah, the miracles of God, and the Advent of Emmanuel among us.
In contrast to seeing the Light of the World grow brighter with every candle we light, we have been witness with the rest of our nation as darkness has sought to extinguish the light. Families are in mourning. A horrific act of violence against childhood innocence has sent shockwaves throughout communities around the world. Many are in fear that this darkness has the power to overcome us. Fingers are being pointed at everything from guns to government conspiracy to mental illness. Action is being desperately called for to give us some sense of security; some feeling - however deceptive - that legislation, societal awareness, *something* can effectively assure that nothing like this will ever happen again.
Today I had to take a quiet mommy-moment behind closed doors so the kids wouldn't see my tears and ask about them. They would have rolled their eyes and made the crazy-sign with their finger around their head, anyway. As will some of you, maybe. Because I was in tears over this:
Yep. My son standing with a cute look on his face, wearing a pair of jeans did me in. He picked those jeans out on a trip to a thrift store yesterday. Yes, they have a hole in the knee and will probably wear out very quickly. But you don't understand: he was asking to buy a pair of jeans!!
One of the most pronounced sensitivities Michael has had is a sensitivity to clothing. Texture, fit, how it feels when he moves - it's a big deal. Very rarely does anyone in the family buy clothing for him because we have learned that if he doesn't choose it, he probably won't wear it. For years, it had to be very tight. As a five-year-old he had to be pressed to purchase clothing that was larger than a…