As spring thunderstorms begin to give way to summer heat and schools are finally out, we kick-off the beloved barefoot season with Memorial Day. More than a Monday off work with no mail delivery, this is a day to honor the men and women who have so bravely fought and sacrificed to serve our country.
So many times when we encounter unmet expectations in life, someone we know will offer up a Bible verse or well-known saying to encourage us. However good their intentions are, often times their words of encouragement seem shallow compared to the hurt and pain we are experiencing. Author Lysa TerKeurst understands that all too well.
Sometimes being 18 years old seems like so long ago...because for me it was! But today, it feels like I am only moments older. It’s brilliant how our thoughts can move through scenes of the past and bring memories back to the forefront of our minds. It’s as if we are right back in that time…
The first time I was ever referred to as an older woman, I was only 27 years old. I had just asked a young woman if she’d be interested in joining a small group for some weekly discipleship training at my home. With uncontainable excitement she blurted out, “I was just praying that God would send an older woman to disciple me!” Older woman? Me?
This time of year there are so many wonderful and momentous events—Mother’s day, graduations, weddings, end of the school year award assemblies, and on and on. They seem to revolve around the parenting world with all its responsibilities and implications.
My mom has given me a lot of good advice over the years. Some of my favorites include making sure I’m careful walking in the mall parking lot (even if it’s at 2 PM in broad daylight) and teaching me the value of blush. (My skin tone is classified as “porcelain” which is the nice way of saying “ghost-like,” so blush is definitely a necessity for me.)
I have served on the Council Road staff the past six months, and every Monday I sort through the prayer requests from Sunday services to bring to staff meeting where the staff prays. It is a rare week that we don’t get a request from a concerned mother asking for prayer for her struggling child. Some sign their names, others are anonymous…
What makes a great Superhero? If you’re a fan of the comic book and movie genre, you probably think of characters like the Avengers in lycra clad costumes with superpowers and sweet gadgets which help them fight for justice and the greater good.