A few days ago, I was sitting across from Kim, the most amazing nail tech, who has done my nails for the past ten years. And, she gasps, “What is that on your arm? I’ve never seen it before. You need to get that looked at!”
I had no idea what she was talking about so I asked her.
“A mole,” she said, “it’s just come up in the last two weeks because I know I have never seen it before.”
She, then, took my free hand and dragged my finger across the top of the tiny bumpy mass.
“I thought I had the parenting formula down.”
That was what my friend said as she described her kids’ behavior and attitudes.
For years, all their little bright faces, great attitudes, and constant successes were what she had always hoped for and then… what happened?
I’ve got some bad news for the self-sufficient and some good news for the weak.
I’ll just go ahead and put it out there… be blunt… no beating around the bush…
God does not need you.
“Clayton,” I said “the violin concert is in a few hours. Does your uniform need ironing?”
Eighth grade Clayton stood from his computer and pulled his embroidered shirt from the closet.
“It’s fine,” he shrugged. “No wrinkles.”
“What about your black pants?”
“You look so much like your mom did when she was your age.”
Those were the words of a friend as she scrolled through some family photos with me.
“Do you remember her face?”
Change the past? Huh?
Do you think maybe I’m being a little presumptuous — or maybe a little ignorant — to even suggest that changing the past is possible?
Oh girl, I wish I could change some things about my past and I know you do too!
We’ve all got stuff… stuff that happened to us that we wish we could change. We’ve all got stuff… stuff we’ve done we wish we could undo.
But, we can’t.
Do you ever feel insecure if you are asked to read the Bible out loud?
You know, some of those Bible words can trip you up!
Well, if you think you have issues with pronouncing Biblical words, you should hear my computer try to do it! In fact, I want you to hear my computer read from the book of Hosea!
WOW! That was fun! The contest is over, but here are our winners!
Don’t you just sometimes get tired of dealing with hard stuff?!
You know… strained relationships, difficult bosses, constant conflict, illness, financial stress… hard stuff!
Our hands can droop and our knees can wobble. We can look over our shoulder and think about turning back.
If that is you, my friend, don’t turn back! Try to see your hard stuff as discipline.
“Plan on getting dirty” were the first words the instructor said at the start of my pottery lessons. And, oh girl, she was right.
I was filthy!
I had clay up to my elbows and dirt on my jeans.
But, I loved it!