Pandemic restrictions are slowly easing where I live, and we can now invite guests into our home. Although the number of guests is limited, this change brings hope that life will someday return to normal. Normal, for me, is opening my door to friends, family, and strangers. The more, the merrier—thanks to my mom’s example.
There is a moment in every conversation that can change the whole relationship. A moment when you can either move toward the other person or away from them. Choose to break a negative cycle or continue it. Understand and be understood or remain confused and frustrated.
“Pour out.” I was at the beach and had just bent down to pick up a shell when I heard the Lord speak those words. “Really, God? I don’t have any special gifts or talents.”
Hard things are a part of life. Yet they don’t have to have the final word. They can become the keys to our greatest usability in the kingdom of God—that is, if we let God make good of them, rather than running away and refusing the growth we truly crave.
I am a quadruple amputee, probably one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet, and I’m living one exceptional life. I’m a proponent for the underdog. I’m a very passionate believer that everything is overcomeable. My goal is to help other women move past the challenges in their lives by growing their faith, gratitude, kindness, and positivity.
Being a mother is a feeling like no other. Inside the soul of every mother lies a heart that becomes a repository of sweet memories, hard lessons, glorious victories, ordinary days, glaring failures, and God’s grace over the years of mothering. The heart of a mother becomes home to jokes around the dinner table, holiday traditions, the tears of childhood, and the love that only a mother knows.
In 1997 my first husband and I adopted John,* a beautiful five-year-old with non-verbal autism. While John was still new to our home, one evening while eating dinner he burst into tears. I felt helpless knowing he couldn’t tell me what troubled him, so I quietly cried out, “God please tell me why he’s crying!” Instantly words entered my mind, “He’s upset because your food looks different than his.” I’d fixed a simple meal of wet bean burritos with a side of raw carrots and separated everything on his plate. I knew his sensory issues might not tolerate mixing ingredients.
On any given day we can feel rushed, judged, or ignored. And so it’s tempting to respond to the slights and indignities of life with bitterness, resentment, frustration, or sadness. But Kay Wyma suggests there is a better way. In a 30 day experiment titled The Peace Project Kay demonstrates that lasting inner peace comes from outward practices—a magical mixture of thankfulness, kindness, and mercy. Join us to experience lasting peace for yourself and the world around you.
This sacred moment of church tradition often caused my eyes to swell with pools of tears. As I greeted each sister and brother, I recognized the hearts before me represented a failed marriage, a devastating miscarriage, a joyous engagement, or a recent promotion.
For some, Christianity is a long list of rules to be followed, and it’s hard to be a “good Christian” because it always seems you’re breaking one of those rules. Barb Roose is on the show today sharing her breakthrough of finding freedom in Christ. Join us to let go of the feelings of not good enough, rule-keeping, and performance in order to embrace God’s free gift of grace.