Friday, September 30, 2011


I got the dreaded call from the kids school yesterday: "Mrs Wilkinson I have J in the office and he's running a 101 temp. and says his throat hurts."

I was in the middle of Bible study at our church. Because this kind of thing is never convenient, right?

I'd been crying all morning as I poured my heart out and listened to my friends concerns. It has been an incredibly long week, with people I love dearly suffering and frankly I was at the edge of a major crying jag about 9:30 Thursday morning.

When I picked J up and we headed over to the Doctors to get a strep test (It's been going around his school) he said "Momma my tummy feels messy".

I couldn't get that word messy out of my mind.

It seemed to describe so well what I was feeling.

WOW life sure is messy isn't it?

I would like for things to be all neat and tidy and yet it seems it never or rarely anyway is.

I think I literally had tears in my eyes or was actually crying most of the day yesterday.

And while I was running between church, school, doctors office, back to get the Princess from preschool, pick up medicine, take  the sickie to Mimis so he didn't have go with me to my job,
I heard this song:

"What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise ?"

If your life is messy right now, please know that it'll end someday. . .

and in the meantime Jesus is walking right beside you.

If you need a friend to pray for you, please let me know how I can-it's my humble privilege to do so.

Wadding through this messy life,
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lessons Learned

I recently read a blog post by a woman that I read often and  enjoy and learn from her insight.
She has a new book coming out that I am excited to read.

But, this most recent post left me a bit puzzled.

Her point  was that not everything in life has a lesson.
Sometimes we just go through things because the Lord wants us to.

Now, I could be wrong-after all she's a published author and I'm a soccer mom-but I don't believe that to be true.
While I do believe the Lord can do whatever He wants, I also believe that He never wastes a hurt.

Every trail or difficult thing I've ever gone through has taught me something.

Maybe I couldn't or didn't see it at the exact moment, but to sure the Lord  has never had me walk through something for nothing.

Even if what I learned was - I am not in charge.
Or, Lean on Jesus, He is the only one strong enough to carry me through.

The Lord does not waste an emotion, a struggle, a journey for us to learn NOTHING. If He did that would just be mean and pointless and that is NOT who God is.

Whatever spot of life you're in right now that you can't see your way out of just know He's walking right beside you.

Sometimes, that's the best lesson of all.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A word that is said in our house ALLOT-is


Focus on the task at hand.  Whether it's cleaning up, homework, soccer, setting the table.
F O C U S.

I've found that my ability to say focus on what's important verses my ability to Stay focused on what's important are entirely two different things.

And the past few days I found myself focusing on my shortcomings (which is just a backward form of pride) instead of Jesus and all that He is.

I have found that Perfectionism is the enemy of both patience and grace.
And I lost my focus was only looking at what was wrong or what I couldn't do.

So I began praying "Jesus help me focus on who YOU are instead of what I am not."

In doing so I began writing down words that describe who Jesus is:

Jesus You Are
















All Power

All Knowledge

All Might







The Rose of Sharon

The Bright and Morning Star

In Me

For Me

Beside Me

Behind Me



The Way

The Truth

Who is Jesus for you today? Let's focus on Him together.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sometimes only a hymn will do

I love Modern worship music.
But there is something about an old hymn that speaks to my soul. Maybe it's because I grew up with them, maybe it's the classic, flowery language but sometimes nothing will do like a hymn.
I don't hear them much anymore, but occasionally one will pop to mind.

Tonight this Chorus has been going over and over in my mind.

Grace, grace, God's grace, 
 grace that will pardon and cleanse within; 
 grace, grace, God's grace, 
 grace that is greater than all our sin! 
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, 
 grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 
 Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured, 
 there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. 
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, 
 freely bestowed on all who believe! 
 You that are longing to see his face, 
 will you this moment his grace receive? 

I pray you're living in God's grace today.

Friday, September 9, 2011

What I did this summer

In the spirit of all that is back to school here is a review of summer.

Caught lightening bugs

Celebrated my baby turning 5

Rushed My Man to the hospital
Sat by his bed and held my breath, uttering prayers with no words
Brought him home
Watched him heal

Played catch

Headed up Preschool VBS

Sat by the pool

Welcomed home a dear friend

Set off fireworks

Camped when it was 105 outside

Swam in the lake

Stayed up late

Rode rollercoasters till I thought I'd puke

Ate smores

Turned 40 and survived

Read some good books

Went back to school shopping

Then I blinked and summer was over and
I sent the kids back to school

What did you do this summer?
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Bible tells me so. . .

Jesus loves me
this I know
for the Bible tells me so.

Many of us having been singing those words before we could even talk in full sentences.

Are they just some trivial words we sing is Sunday School or do we believe them?

Our oldest memory verses for the week:

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 8 Love never fails. 
1 Cor. 13: 4-8a

Our 2nd graders verse for the week:

I the LORD speak the truth;
   I declare what is right.
Isaiah 45:19c

While helping the boys memorize their verses this week, I was struck by how they go together.
All the verses we quote at weddings, yet somehow don't quite believe them.
Love never fails.

But J's verse reminds us-The LORD always tells the truth and always tells us what is right.

While dwelling on those thoughts another verse sprang to mind.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. 
I John 4:16a

Maybe you need reminded today, that Love never fails-because God is love. Man's love may fail, but the LORD your God never does.
Because God-Your Lord always speaks the truth.

Grace and Peace,