Tag: Fear

Excuses

I often think of excuses when I don’t want to exercise, or clean the house. My children are experts at excuses for every chore I put on their list. Some excuses are benign while some carry significant consequences. Healing a

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Sage Advise

I am the first to admit that I don’t like to be told what to do. I can get rather defensive and crabby in response to someone’s sage advise that I didn’t want to hear. My first reaction is usually fear followed

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Win Lose Draw

Independent, stubborn, or obstinate are words that could describe several of us in our family. As a parent, there are times when asserting the best course of action and setting boundaries is necessary. In my house it is not always,

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In God’s Hands

I like to be in control, and I would love it if everyone did things my way. I really don’t think that’s asking too much. Okay, I’m being sarcastic, but there is some truth in there. I want to be

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Expectations

    I have been thinking a lot about expectations lately. Specifically, I have been thinking about expectations I put on my kids and God. School is ramping up and they are old enough to have their own aspirations and calling.

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Pressure Washed by Grace

It is that time of year in Minnesota. We break out the pressure washer and other such industrial cleaning tools. We clean off the siding of the house, the gutters, the deck etc. Cobwebs, dirt, and wasp nests are blasted off

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IRS

Submitting tax forms every year is stressful for many of us. Running a small  business and interpreting tax codes has been a larger stress than I ever imagined. Well, truth be told, my  husband is the one who generally deals

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Step Out

Discerning the next steps of my journey has always been difficult. I plan. I listen desperately for God’s direction. I want to know that He has opened the door. I don’t want to take unnecessary risks. I don’t want to

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Nothing Changes

Sometimes I feel stuck in the mud. I’m running toward a destination, but I’m not going anywhere. It feels like nothing changes. I find myself asking, “God, where are You in this situation?” I don’t feel like I get any

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Peace I Give You

Peace seems unattainable. It seems out of reach. Media stirs the pot of unrest. Then I look closer to home and find new family illnesses, friends who are hurting, and desires unmet. It is easy for the heart to ache.

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