Five women sat together, hunkered into a couch and chairs in Dallas, TX, while I hopped on a zoom call to hear their hearts on their unique friendship. You guys… they let me crash their girl’s night for this interview — and they were fun.
If I could, I would tell my younger self to stop trying to do so much. There is nothing wrong in living within your means—not just financially, but also emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Great friendships are costly. Like anything worthy of depth and value they aren’t cheap, or causal. They last… because investments have been made that build relational equity rich with history and understanding, shared moments and common cares. They thrive because life was poured out for it.
The people we journey with matters. Isn’t it true that our traveling companions flavor and even shape our lives with the outpourings of their hearts?! Reading through Pilgrim’s Progress with my kids has recently compelled a belief that we all need a Faithful and a Hopeful to journey with.
It doesn’t matter how many times you tell your kids how they should respond in life when they don’t get their own way if you aren’t modeling it.
We’ve developed a few favorite phrases that we say a lot. This is especially helpful when you have boys that don’t have capacity to listen to mom offer a sermon… My word capacity is not their word capacity.
All over scripture we see the phrase “looking at them,” or “turning his gaze towards them,” or when Jesus saw…” We know one thing for sure, Jesus did not avoid his people. Maybe you wonder at his interest. Maybe you aren’t sure where you stand before him. Maybe you aren’t sure he would look directly into your eyes if given the choice, so it may be of interest to see some examples of a variety of people he engaged. They are imperfect. So are we. He is still looking.
You are a daughter of the King. And that will only move us to the degree we have wrestled with what we believe about our Father. So what does it mean to be a daughter of the king? Because we will not access what we don’t know is ours to claim. Do you know who you are, who is accessible to you and what is yours to claim?
I have found that I do life best when I can interrupt the challenging moments with moments of lightheartedness. It doesn’t make the tough moments go away, but it makes them easier for me to deal with. I don’t know what your year has looked like, but if you could use some comic relief, let me tell you a little story about camping / canoeing as a family. Memory making at it’s height.
We may wonder at His command to “Be Still” long ago. Today, the winds and the waves, they still know his voice. They still obey his commands.
The ultimate redemption in Christianity is Christ’s sacrifice – described really eloquently in Hebrews 9. But even within the Christian faith, the depth and complexity of redemption find their origins far earlier than Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
When we value strong character in our households, we contribute to having a lasting impact on not only our child, but also on the world around them.