Sep 28 2011

Smoke Signal

Maybe you understand what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong.  God loves you just the way you are!

Maybe you’ve moved to a new place, started over in life and wonder when is this new place going to feel like home? 

Had that pop into my head this morning as I took my daughter to school early for See You at the Pole.  A day where kids show up early to school to pray together, all student led prayer.  It was an awesome thing to experience with my daughter.

As we turned the corner and saw her school, with about 5 kids and 5 parents around the flagpole, it struck me that everyone there was a stranger.  I think I was more nervous then my daughter.  Just trying to figure out where we fit in.

Because my family just moved we have a new school, new friends, basically a new life.  At that moment I started to miss the familiar.  There is another school outside of DC that I would have known everyone there praying around that flagpole, which made me feel ready for things to feel like home again.

Got a call from a K-Love listener that really encouraged me today.  I hope it encourages you too,   He said, “Sometimes God can’t get you to where he needs you until he moves you from where you are.” 

He reminded me of the story about the guy that was stranded on a deserted island.  One night he prays and thanks God for providing him a shack to sleep in and fruit trees for food.  The next morning he wakes up and everything is on fire and burns down.  He cried out to God saying, “Why did you let this happen?  I was just thanking you for all that I had!”

The next moment a boat pulls up to rescue him and they say, “We would have never found you if it was not for the smoke."

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Sep 27 2011

Family Dinner Night

I remember them well.  Not because they were fancy or formal, but because they were very fun and informal. 

I remember some of the best family dinners were when my mom was single and it was just her, my sister and I.  We had this small apartment in Indianapolis, and a little round oak table, I can still picture it. 

She’d make something simple, sometimes just mac and cheese, and we’d spend ten minutes eating, but sit at that oak table for an hour talking and laughing.  You know those times when you laugh so hard you cry, we had those often.

I’m sure at the time my mom was stressed and it wasn’t the way she had planned it all out, but as kids that’s all we needed.  Simple and just being together. So that’s what I do with my kids, now.  

I saw that last night was "National Family Dinner Night."  I know that it’s hard and impossible to do every night of the week with how busy families are.   The last thing I want to do is make you feel guilty or put another thing on your “to do list."  Who cares if it’s not organic and made from scratch, the healthier thing is that you sit and talk. 

I usually start by asking my kids, “what was the best part of your day.”  Last night my 3 year old son, Andy, said; “Seeing you mama.” 

Maybe your family did this growing up too, maybe not, but  I’d love to hear about your family dinner traditions, as well as what impact they have had on you.


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