Pursuing the Illogical

Reading:Colossians 3:15-25

Prayer: Lord, give us wisdom and insight so that we may have a humble confidence in following You even if it seems weird or illogical.
Daily Challenge: What, if anything, are you pursuing/doing in your life simply because it seems logical even if you routinely have an internal wrestling? How do you determine if the internal wrestling is something you need to continue pursuing OR is it Him stirring you to pursue something different?

In the past few weeks, the state of Oklahoma announced massive budget shortfalls that greatly impact departments serving the mental health community. Though it is uncertain at this point how deep the cuts will go, there is a strong likelihood it will impact my husband's employment in some way. Therefore, when a previous employer encouraged me to apply for an open position, it seemed to Ron and I that this opportunity may be the "rescue boat" sent from God to keep us from financial hardship! Yay God!

Well, not so much...…

Dear Church: Now is the Time.

Reading: John 17

Prayer: Father, teach us what it truly means to be one with You and one with each other. Daily Challenge: What action can you take today, whether a tiny step or a huge leap, to promote Oneness with "The Church" in your life?

As the events of Charlottesville, VA unfolded this past weekend, our country was rocked by horrifying, extreme racism in plain sight. The white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and KKK are fueled by self-pride and hatred toward anyone who looks different than them. Anyone opposing this group can seem heroic - and many are, but the most extreme opposing groups seem to engage in actions that fuel more hatred. So what should be done?
Church, lets open our eyes and see the role and hope we have in this ugly state of affairs.

Are we awake now?
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for …

Obedience Turned Into Blessings

Reading: Ruth 4
Prayer: Father, transform us - even in our brokenness. Help us to have a glimpse of Your faithfulness, especially at times when it seems everything is falling apart.
Daily Challenge: Consider a time when you selflessly served in a difficult situation. Did you experience the blessings? If not, what may be a delayed/unknown result or blessing?

Today is Mother's Day. I have two amazing children in my home, and I have two amazing children that reside in heaven along with my own mother. This reality always leaves Mother's Day feeling a little "off".
I found myself engulfed in a variety of roles involving parents and parenting this week...
I have been deeply involved in caring for some older friends who were never able to have children of their own, but they have, for years loved on us as if we were indeed born to them.Hyun has been sick all week and NOT sleeping... Mommy duties were in high demand.My Dad and I, who are very close, had a hurtful conflict to wor…

Is it too much?

As the Tardis twisted and turned, the children squealed with delight.  This device, based off of Dr. Who's time travel machine, deposited 8 children into the 1700's where they were challenged to move a variety of house hold items across the "Wild Wild West" on horseback.  In reality, the "Tardis" was two boxes connected together, latched to a dolly so we could move them around, and the Wild Wild West was a bunch of blankets laid out in our back yard.  The horses?  Well, each child had to be a horse on all 4's while another child rode on their back.

We just celebrated Reese's 9th birthday... it was phenomenal...  I'm sure that Ron and I had as much fun as the kids.  For the past 4 years, we have created Super Hero Training Camps, Jedi Training Academies, Detective/Mystery Challenges, and now a Time Travel Adventure where the kids built a robot, visited multiple time frames in history (Wild West and Gold Rush) and future (asteroids destroying the…