Why a balanced heart is better than a balanced life

A balanced heart

It’s been a long time since I listened to a sermon. In between leading the children’s ministry, spending time in the mother’s room with one of my three babies, and just being my usual distractible self, it’s not very often I have the time or the presence of mind to sit and actually learn from a sermon. Today I found myself in the rare position of not having something on my mind, not having any children around, and not teaching. It’s like all the circles in my life’s venn diagram suddenly intersected and my brain actually felt like cooperating. The pastor asked a question: “What do you think Jesus would say if you asked him how he was doing?”  He concluded that it’s very unlikely he would say “I’m SO busy!” Ask me the same question. Or I’ll ask you. But yes, yes, I know, I know, we’re all busy … Read More

Saving Opa

This week’s devotions have been about Noah. This evening we were wondering why God chose Noah, and then we wondered, if we chose to flood the world, who would we save? E answered: All the good people. O’s answer? Opa. Why? Because he’s funny. And that, my friends, is two little guys engaging in the Bible in their own special way! “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you.” God’s covenant promise with Noah, Genesis 9:9

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you! Remember that song? It’s been running through my head all day. It probably doesn’t have much to do with kids other than that it was on a tape I used to own of John Denver and the Muppets. But the truth is, Christmas IS coming. And I think as Christian parents we often struggle with Christmas. It was such a magical time when we were kids, but then we discovered that it’s not supposed to be about the presents, and we started to resent Christmas, just a bit. We were told that it wasn’t supposed to be about the presents, but Jesus’ birth didn’t seem like a terribly exciting occasion, having learned about it every … Read More