What then is prayer? (part 3)

For the past two nights, I've reflected on my ever-expanding notion and perception of prayer, looking at Scripture and Worship and Silence and Life.  In tonight's final post of this series, I look at Love and how that can also become prayer, and close out these three reflections with some concluding thoughts. Love “Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with … [Read more...]

What then is prayer? (part 2)

Last night I began asking the question "What then is prayer?".  Tonight's post continues the discussion to look at how Silence and Life can also become prayer. Silence As a homeschooling mother of ten children who are home all day with me and a woman who prefers to be alone, silence is quite likely my favorite form of prayer! However, I have always felt pressured to perform, or at … [Read more...]

What then is prayer? (part 1)

“Pray by myself, Mom?” “Yes, go ahead.” And with that four-year-old Kia bowed his head, folded his hands, scrunched up his eyes and prayed, thanking God for his breakfast. It was a sight that makes a mom's heart swell with thanksgiving and hope – hope that at even a young age, prayer is becoming central to his life. And yet, prayer is so much bigger than praying before meals, … [Read more...]

Who do you say I am?

The other day two of my kids "switched" places.  They wore each other's clothes and wanted to be called by their "new" names, and would in fact, only respond when called by the correct name (until it was time for lunch, and then they came running regardless!).  The excitement and novelty wore off by mid-afternoon, just about the time I had trained myself to call each daughter by her new … [Read more...]

Emergency preparedness kits

Today was the annual health fair at our local events center.  I knew the kids wanted to go so I created a scavenger hunt for them to complete in teams of two, and sent them on their way.  With signatures to gather, items to collect, information to learn, books to buy and giveaways to sign up for, the kids loved their chance to independently wander and look around. After everyone … [Read more...]