Wednesday, June 27, 2012


When i first saw you in sound waves, clearly a man-child growing within, I looked to your daddy and laughed, "A boy?! What will I ever do with a boy?"
Little did I know how you would steal my heart.
Now I wonder, what will I ever do without you, when these days are gone.

My sweet boy, you believe, you really believe, that you are strong and brave, that you can save the world. When you don your cape, you fly through the house, and you come to me a million times, "Watch me, mama! I'm super fast! Look at my muscles, mama! Am I strong?"

Oh, how I ache to make you understand.
Yes! Yes, you are strong and brave. Valiant and full of honor.
Our Maker has written this upon your heart; you were created for greatness.

But a day is coming when doubts will creep in, and you will wonder if you were ever strong, wonder how you can keep a brave face though your heart quivers, wonder if you will ever have what it takes.

My son, remember this:

In Christ.

In Christ, you are most strong when you bend a knee, his power made perfect in your weakness. 
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
In Christ, you can be strong and courageous, never terrified, because the LORD your God goes with you, promising to never leave or forsake you. 
(Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5)
In Christ, you are a son of the Most High God, and His Spirit is within you, His divine power giving you everything you need to live the life He has called you to.
(2 Peter 1:3, Colossians 1:19).

We live in a world fallen victim to great evil. And we have been summoned to participate in a war that started long before our small stories came to life.
I wish with all my heart that I could protect you from it all, the knowledge of good and evil.
I suppose this is the beauty of the season of the beloved son:
life safe in the love of Father, naive of the Great War.

But even in your boyhood bliss, you hunger for adventure.
You long to be a hero.

I don't yet know the good works, the saving the day kind, he has planned for you.
But I'll marvel at the handiwork you are, confident that He will raise you up and position you to fufill your calling in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:10)

Yet for today, I'll do my best to soak you into the deepest parts of my heart and savor you there just as you are, the world's smallest superhero...
before your legs grow long, your shoulders wide, and the whiskers come with a new voice,
 And a world that needs saving beckons you fly away from me.
My mighty little man, sleep right here on my couch a little longer.
After all, saving the day is exhausting work, even for the super and the hero among us.

Because we all know tomorrow's adventure won't wait for the weary.
So grab your gear, tuck that sword in your undies.
And prepare to conquer the world anew.
My Lion Cub, I couldn't love you more.
And you will always be my hero.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


We are not in Eden, though her scent still hangs heavy in the air. Her glory haunts us from within, in the longing moments, the epic and the intimate, when this world in all her splendor is simply not enough. We sense her calling when life frustrates, refusing to bow to 'how it ought to be", and deep down we know we were made for more.

More than the pain that is piercing my sweet friend's heart as she mourns the death of a brother, gone in his sleep, buried to this world in his youth. His wife now a widow with babies to raise. My God, we are helpless sheep; come be our shepherd.

More than our self-centered existence, led by the siren's songs of our desires, never fulfilling. We are lulled into living for our appetites, gorged and bulging with misery. And here we sit, deceived and in chains to ourselves, shackled by our good life, woefully unaware of our enslavement. My God, we are helpless sheep; come be our shepherd.

Jesus, you said, if we want to save our life, we will lose it, but if we lose our life for you, we will find it. That if we want to come after you, we deny ourselves and follow you. My God, I know it will cost me everything, but I can't hold onto this life, hard as I try. Bury the woman who tries to have it all, my way and yours. My God, I am an iron-willed sheep, come be my shepherd.

And oh, Great Shepherd, I want to live only for you, because Eden is gone, but the Kingdom is here. And when you come in the Glory of your father, there's only one flag I want to be waving, purest white in surrender to the One who is called Faithful and True. There is only one life for me this side of Eden, and it is the life of abandon.
Matthew 16: 24-27 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.


a sip of the best medicine

We recently made our annual family trip to the dermatologist office for what my husband would deem as insanity: let me strip down to my skivvies and pay you a nice chunk of change to inspect my skin from head to toe, scrutinizing each beauty mark and mole. But he loves me, so he dutifully, albeit uncomfortably, surrenders to the process.

This year, as they corralled our family into two rooms, somehow Isabelle (the easiest to manage in such a setting) slipped into the room with Aron, while Judah and Selah accompanied me. Armed with her notebook and a pen, Belle doodled away while Aron proceeded to degown and cover with the paper sheet. Aron remembers Belle peering up at him over her notebook from time to time but would quickly avert her attention back to her drawing. 

 Our bright, 30-something, female dermatologist bubbled into Aron's room first, "I was just thinking about you the other day!" she excitedly said to Aron. "Oh. wow! This just got even more awkward. Lady! I'm in my underwear!" he thought. She chirped away with small talk as she circled my blushing husband, examining with a careful eye and shooting medical jargon to her assistant who transcribed for her. After she dismissed herself and left the room, Belle spoke up, "Hey daddy!" She proceeded to taunt him by mimicking the doctor, who had with one finger pulled the back of Aron's boxers to take a quick peek at the skin covering his bum. With sound effects to boot, Belle grabbed at the imaginary boxer briefs infront of her and said in a high pitched singing voice, "Wooot!".

Equally embarrassed and amused, Aron dressed, and as he gathered their belongings to leave the room, he picked up Belle's notebook to see this:

Study this drawing for a minute...its pretty rich: unibrow, underarm hair, and an embarrassed knock-kneed daddy, hands folded atop paper drape.  

Aron has since declared he will no longer be visiting the dermatologist for well visits, only if an issue arises, and should he need to go again, he will go alone.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

so I don't forget

Belle, what do you want to be when you grow up?
"A Ballerina!"
Judah, what do you want to be?
"Incredibles Hawk!"

I wonder how much longer it will work, telling him the Incredible Hawk mysteriously LOVES every food I fix that he hovers over, refusing to eat at my dinner table. But suddenly it becomes fuel, and bite by bite, he finishes his meal, stopping to flex his muscles between swallows to see if they've yet grown. 
I may never be a woman of great means, but I will grow old with a heart full of treasured moments like these. And I will consider myself rich in all that really mattered. 
*Belle, going to work, (see laptop & hat) in bunny slippers, dropping her son Judah off at Kindergarten.


Monday, June 18, 2012

i hope you know

Do you realize when you walk through that front door, you bring with you the sunshine?

Our world shimmers with wonder as tiny sword bearing pirates and bow laden lassies emerge to greet their great adventurer. 

Our hearts lean toward your light, soaking in your love which grows us daily until flowers bloom in fragrant fruit.

Our minds rest in the safety of your faithful rising and setting, a constant in a planet spinning chaos.

And as evening draws near, you tuck us in with brilliant color, sing us the song of the cool of evening. Your melody invites in the One who once walked with us face to face, and we enjoy His presence once more.

Happy Fathers Day!