I’m in a new season of life now. Gone are the days wrestling with three little boys. Almost gone are the days of wrestling with six fantastic little grandkids. How sad. However, the memories of stories and time spent – and the lessons learned – will last a lifetime. Join me this week as I share meaningful lessons learned from the children in my life…one of those children was even me.



poolRiding along in the car on a family trip, we could hear our two-year-old, David, and five-year-old, Tommy, arguing in the back seat. As I turned around to see what all the fuss was about, the tone between them suddenly changed as Tommy said, “My funger scratches”. David quipped right back, “Well, itch it then.”

It’s kind of cool the way children understand each other even when they get the words backwards. By the way, I didn’t misspell finger. “Funger” was Tommy’s pronunciation of the extremity until he was eight years old.

Misunderstandings are often a way of life for a precious toddler. Like the day David was sitting in the hallway trying to put on his shoes. Tom walked by and said, “Let me help you David. You’ve got your shoes on the wrong feet.” Tearfully David sputtered, “But Daddy, it’s the only feet I’ve got!” By the way, that really happened. I didn’t read the same story in Readers Digest until years later!

As we’ve discussed this week, sometimes we get confused and find ourselves lost from the truth. We accept the cold biscuits – the substitutes for truth instead of the meat of Truth found in His Word.

So, as we close this week, how can we know what the truth is and where to find it? John 8:31-32 gives us the answer…straight from Jesus’ lips to our ears.

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, 

“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.

 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

That is His promise my friend. Claim it as yours today!

Until Next Time,

Your Traveling Partner,


Christmas and the Faith of Mary

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:38, NLT

Christmas and the Faith of Mary


Mary_Statue_Photo_by_Allison_K_FlexerEach Christmas, I find myself thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus. When I was 15, I played the part of Mary in a Christmas play at our church. Since then, I’ve always loved reading her story in the first chapter Luke and thinking about her life.

In recent years, my admiration for Mary has grown as I ponder her response to the angel of the Lord and the greatness of her faith. Mary must have been scared when an angel appeared and told her she would give birth to a son. And not just any son, but “the Son of the Most High.” I often wonder if she thought, “No one is ever going to believe this story!”

As shocked and confused as she must have been in that moment, Mary made a choice to say yes to God. In complete faith, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Mary believed and accepted the Lord’s plan. Thank goodness she was so brave and faithful. Mary was a crucial part of God’s plan.

What about you? God has a purpose for your life and designed a journey that only you can fulfill for His Kingdom. I’m not suggesting an angel will show up and reveal that path to you in person. In a way, that would be nice, right? As we draw close to God, he reveals the next steps to us. He nudges us in the right direction if we keep our eyes on Him.

Will we say yes to God like Mary did so many years ago?

In Luke 1:45, Mary’s relative Elizabeth confirms Mary’s great faith. Elizabeth told Mary, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

This Christmas, I want to have that kind of faith. I want to trust in the Lord and believe He will do what He has said. As we prepare our hearts for this Christmas season, I challenge each of us to look at Mary’s story with fresh eyes and ask God to give us a Mary-like faith.

Joyfully celebrating the birth of our Savior,