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For Those Holding On (prayer7)

IMG_2592Hoisting my 3-year-old on my back for a piggyback ride is such joyful support. And holding his hand is one of my most favorite things.   When I reach down and he instinctively grabs it without any words exchanged. Oh yeah…one of the sweet spots of being a mom. Continue reading

For The Manly Men Who Drive Minivans (prayer6)

Dad driving minivan

Here’s to all the dads (the manly men) who drive minivans!  Trading in the “cool factor” FOR the sake of their family.

Thank you.

Winding through the lovely landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Highway 64, I caught a glimpse yesterday of a beautiful exchange.  I looked to my left and saw my manly man driving our Honda Odyssey with his muscles, hairy arms, ball cap on, and burley face.

All-man behind the wheel of a not-so-manly vehicle.

As a family of proud mini-van drivers, there’s something to be said for those manly dads who get behind the wheel and roll down the highway. Those dads who are not too proud or embarrassed to say,

“Yes. You bet. I drive a minivan.”

For him, driving a minivan wasn’t a big deal or a hard pill to swallow. He loves the practicality andfunctionality of it. It just makes sense with a family of 3 boys. For him, a worthwhileexchange happened:

His “man card”


His family’s comfort, safety, and practicality.

It’s an exchange he is willing to make, happily.

Loss TO Gain.

In the same way, Paul speaks of a loss TO gain exchange in Philippians 3:7-9:

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a lossbecause of the surpassing WORTH ofknowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gainChrist and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.


To Gain: Christ

Woa. That’s massive.

It’s massive when you consider what everything is:









children’s successes,

future plans, dreams, and longings.

Everything is trash compared to knowing Jesus. Whew. What an exchange.


Am I living each day with the goal, the esteem, the priority of KNOWING JESUS?

 Do I value other things as more valuable as KNOWING JESUS? What does my schedule, life, even thoughts tell me about my priorities and values?

In knowing Jesus, in Him being my pursuit, I can survive the summer.  Whatever I have to let go of, IN HIM there is everything to gain.

A beautiful exchange.

Prayer #6: Philippians 3:7-9


My brain is spinning the moment I wake up.

Things I need to deal with.

Lunches I have to prepare.

Concerns I must deal with in raising my children.

Tasks I must accomplish.

Phone calls that need to be made.

I often find myself valuing those things,my things, more than anything else. More valuable even than knowing You. My priorities can quickly get all wacky.

Give me eyes to see the temporariness of these things.

Give me a heart to discern the selfish and prideful perspective these things can esteem.

Help me to loosen my grip on those things that are so precious to me and to hand them over to Your loving, sustaining hands.

Knowing You is everything.

In You, I have everything.

As I interact and train my kids, as I handle the laundry, meeting, errands, and cooking, show me the eternal value of knowing You.

May I be found in You, thus finding everything I need.

Thank you. I love you.

Click here for a printable prayer card of Prayer #6: Philippians 3:7-9.


For Grumbly Hearts (prayer5)

family bike ride

As a mom, you do many things you don’t want to do. You make your kids do things they don’t want to do.  For what you believe to be in their best interest.  For what you believe that will enrich their lives.

This played out in our house last week after breakfast about 9:30-ish…

The weather has been unseasonably cool this summer.  So, the boys and I have jumped on our bikes every morning this week and pedaled around our neighborhood. Continue reading

For When The Legos Don’t Click (prayer4)


Having 3 boys, legos are sown into the fabric of our home life, much like “bling-bling” sequins on a sparkly dinner dress.  Legos are everywhere!  Continue reading

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