Know that… Sometimes you can do nothing

I have been inundated with negativity lately. My heart is breaking for all of the hurting people out there. It is overwhelming.

So, what can we do with this broken world? What can we do about poverty, human trafficking, and racism? What can we do about our government? What can we do about the kid crying in the Wal-Mart line? What can we do about Miley Cyrus? What can we do about the over 11,000 kids in the state of Oklahoma’s foster care system? What can we do about that person who needs Jesus?

The answer is not what you want to hear, but bear with me.

The answer is NOTHING…

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Know that… Chaos can look good on you

What do you get when you have 6 adults… 5 kids under 6 years old … in a 3 bedroom apartment… vacation plans changed… job lost… a sick giant… and 7 days to move a family of 5… about 700 miles?

The answer is CHAOS.

A couple of years ago, my family headed to Nashville to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my brother and sister-in-law. My other brother and Dad couldn’t make it that year, so my husband and I invited a friend each to spend the holiday with us.

I went down a week early to relax, but we found out the day before my husband, Marjorie, and Josh arrived that my brother Caleb was without a job. That moment spun that holiday into chaos.

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Know that… 2008 shook my faith (part 3 of 3)

This is part 3 in a series.
Find part 1 or “Know that… 2008 happened” here.
Find part 2 or ” Know that… 2008 broke my heart” here.

I cannot completely tell you about 2008 without telling you about the spiritual aspects as well.

I wish I could say:

  • Everything about saying goodbye to Mama was spiritually life affirming.
  • I adjusted my halo and smoothed my choir robe, and gave all the praise and glory to God.
  • I agreed that God was good, and that He knew what He was doing.
  • In my heart I graciously accepted every word, and action of those around me as the encouragement they meant it to be.
  • I did not become hyper-critical of the mothers of my friends and family.
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Know that… 2008 happened (part 1 of 3)

I feel like a Jewish grandma when I talk about 2008, like I should always include a little spittle to the ground in its reference. 2008 was a time that changed me forever.

To attempt to tell you what that year was for me, I will break the story into three posts over the course of this week.

It hinged on one of those moments that break your reality. Times when you stand before a crowd of people, and vow to love one person until death. You are now a spouse, not a single. Moments like seeing a tiny creature emerge from your body or your spouse’s, and you terrifyingly give it a name. You are now “Mama” or “Daddy” for the rest of your life.

Most of those moments are breath-taking. Others still are gut-wrenching. 2008 held one of latter.

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