Posts Tagged ‘this is not mother’s day but’


The most viewed post this week did not surprise me.

We have all been hurt by the church, in the church, in the name of the church, by people who invest in the church. It is a common thread for many, most … maybe all.

Partly our struggle comes from our expectations of the church.

Partly our struggle comes from the expectations within the church.

But, Why We Struggle To Love Her is bigger that expectations, and my goal in this post was to unravel some of the tangled mess of knots that make us struggle, to see what the real struggle is with our communities of worship.

This Is Not Mothers Day But …
(my humble story, and a video to encourage us as moms)

Celebrating 70
(a celebration of my dad)

Really Me
(me … the good, the bad, the ugly … the REAL me)

The Homeschool Question
(my annual offer to homeschool my kids)

As it is Remembrance Day, in Canada, this coming Monday ( on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), as well as Veterans Day, Poppy Day and Armistice Day in other countries around the world, I wanted to share a short video in honor of veterans, of any war or conflict, from anywhere around the world.

Most veteran live their lives, but some are living in poverty and desperation … possibly partially due to attempts to keep living with the nightmares of what they have seen in battle. When I have heard the stories of the man my grandfather was to his wife and children, due to his addiction to alcohol, I know that war has horrific and life-long scars that can become ancestral curses for generations.

As I watched this transformation video, I found myself hearing the words of the Jason Gray song, Remind Me Who I Am. May God work, through the hands and feet of those who love Him, to transform those whose lives were transformed by the sacrifice of giving their lives for others.

Blessings to you this day,


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This is not Mother’s Day, but …

One day last week, while driving my son home, I mentioned something about a girl being pretty, and he quickly responded, “well if I thought she was, I wouldn’t tell you because you would take it too far and use it against me.”

And here it was, in one moment of a light-hearted conversation I was humbled … to tears. Now, normally I would have held it in, and my child would never know how his (or her) words ripped at my mother heart. This particular day, though, his words pulled the cork holding the waiting rapids back behind the dam, and all watery hell broke loose.

The salt water cascaded from my eyes, and in no time at all, they were leaking down past my neck … face forward, blurry eyes trying to focus on the road ahead.


Then I could feel it … the shocked stare of the one whose quickly chosen words made the fatal blow.

As I put the van in park, the man-boy hand touched my arm …

“Mom, go ahead. You can say it.”

“Say what?” I just didn’t know what my lines were to be.

“Tell me that I was wrong to say that.”

“No. You are not a child, I cannot tell you what to say. But … your words, they hurt. They hurt so much, because … (ugly sob) because I love you kids more than (another ugly sob) more than anything, and if what you say is true, then I have blown my life’s calling, and I have hurt you more than your words have hurt me, and (ugly sob) and that is just not something I can bear knowing that I have done to you.”

The man-boy reached his arms around me, forcing my head onto his shoulders … as has been done so often, but in reverse.

“Mom, I didn’t mean it. I just didn’t think …”

And there, in a moment … my ‘baby’ was speaking words of comfort, words of love, words of strength into the momma who lives to do the same to him, for him … and who, like my son, says words I don’t really mean … and they have brought sadness, and sorrow and tears.

It might not have been a silly conversation about a girl. It might not have been with a son. It might not have been in the van …

but all moms could tell similar stories of hurtful words from their kids, and hurtful words spoken to their kids. We all have times when we “just didn’t think …”

Later I saw this video.

I hope that it speaks to you, encourages you, absorbs some of the guilt of inadequacies, and wipes the tears.

This is not Mother’s Day …

but this is for you, moms.


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