Monday, June 27, 2016

She Reached For My Hand: Lessons I'm Learning in Big-Sisterhood

Do you remember when your dad first took you to an empty parking lot and talked you through the basics of how to operate a vehicle? Do you remember not feeling certain on if you're seeing what you're supposed to be seeing out all your mirrors? The adrenaline mixed with anxiety pumping through your veins as you take on your first Interstate on-ramp?

Yeah, the first time I drove on a not-in-my-neighborhood road, I ran a red light. And the library parking lot was never quite big nor empty enough to be truly ideal for practicing my backing.

Good memories.

But what if you (or I) could have done just one more maneuver, one more switch of a stick or push of a button and been guaranteed safety? What if there was just one thing missing from our operations that could have promised us a safe journey? Would you have pressed that button or switched that lever?

Well, maybe you're a stunt guy that loves that sort of thing. But for this can-barely-climb-ladders kind of girl, the answer is easy: yes. I definitely would have pushed that button. Obviously. I'm not afraid of dying, but I'd rather not kill my entire family by running this 12 passenger van off the bridge today.

I know this is an unusual style of intro, even for me, but just tonight, as I was babysitting my littlest sister during the church service (which entails carrying her, bouncing her, helping her drink from the water fountain, helping her get hand sanitizer, making faces with her in the bathroom mirrors, and letting her drag me all over Creation), I recognized a change in her.

Just last week she was Ms. Independent, confident in her newly-discovered talent of walking, and challenging the stairs, concrete, and backyard at every opportunity.

But tonight, as she was dragging me around Eastland Baptist Church (it's just way too big to be drug around in), and we came to a staircase that she wanted to mount, she reached up for my hand.

Not so I would hold her. Not that kind of reach.

But just because she wanted to hold my hand.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Boredom is Illegal

Boredom! No!!

We must keep moving forward!!

It's so easy and tempting to sit around twiddling your thumbs, browsing Pinterest for hours claiming that you're out of tasks and now "bored".


You just haven't considered the tasks that you have been given that cannot be completed. That's right. There are some things commanded of us that are actually impossible to finish. So... the "bored" excuse has no validity. Ever.

Here are some ideas. Straight from my trusty KJV.

Monday, June 6, 2016

20 Things I Learned on my Missions Trip to a Third-World Country

1. We were taught growing up to look both ways before crossing the road. However, some roads still exist where you don't even have to look one way before crossing.

If there is a motorcycle, you'll hear it. Or else, it can swerve around you.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Favorites

May was an interesting, roller coaster of a month.

Births. Deaths. Marriages. Sicknesses. Pain. Prayer requests. Missing Burma. My best friend booking an airline ticket to come visit me. Actual roller coasters (Silver Dollar City). The whole enchilada.

I just wanted to share some of my favorites from this past month. Some happiness, if you will. :)
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