Get Jesus Wet

Summer is here! And for me, summer means swimming. As a child, my siblings and I had the privilege of having our grandparents live right next door to us, and if that weren't fabulous enough, they built a swimming pool in their backyard for their grandkids to enjoy. My Nana taught all of us to swim, and we spent the better part of every day of summer in that pool. We currently have a … [Read more...]

On Mothering

It has been said that we learn more from what is caught than what is taught; our actions speak so much louder than our words. This weekend, when we pause to reflect on our mothers, or ourselves as mothers, or all manner of mothering, there's a whirlwind of emotion for so many. It can be a frustrating holiday, a heart-wrenching day, or a joy-filled, exciting celebration of a fabulous … [Read more...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 4)

"...Just as He said." I've been meditating on those words the angel spoke to Mary and Mary Magdalene when they went to the tomb on Sunday morning. If I were to put myself in the shoes of anyone in the Resurrection story, it would be these two women. They walked with Him, they believed in Him, and I could feel the progression of their trust in Him grow in the three years of His public ministry. And … [Read more...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 3)

Dread. I learned not too long ago that dread is actually fear. I never really looked at it that way, but was made aware of the fact we dread something because we fear the anticipated negative outcome we'll undoubtedly have to face. Jesus knew exactly what He was facing as the hours before His betrayal and crucifixion ticked into minutes, yet He did not dread. He didn't fear them at all; He stayed … [Read more...]

What Was He Thinking (Part 2)

  Last night we had a sweet young engaged couple over for dinner. We'll be participating in their wedding later this month and we wanted to get to know them on a deeper, more spiritual level. As I've done every morning this week I've focused on the Cross and have asked God to reveal things to me during my quiet time with God. I asked for new perspectives and personalizations from that … [Read more...]

What Was He Thinking? (Part 1)

This is a big week for all of humanity. And it's THE week if you're a follower of Christ. In the next few days I'd like to give some insight into God's plan for us and His great love for us, as evidenced by Jesus' experiences leading up to Easter. Everything Jesus did was for a reason. Everything. Even His seemingly insignificant words and deeds were of importance, most of … [Read more...]

Lent Enhancers

By definition, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday. In common vernacular, the purpose of Lent is to deny yourself of something in order to, in the smallest measure, be able to physically experience Jesus' denial of his body and soul as he prepared to go to The Cross for you and me. … [Read more...]

Breakthrough

Only a few short weeks ago, we welcomed our second grandchild into the world. Oshiolema ("Ollie") Michael Atogwe was born about 10 days early to our daughter Jill and son-in-law Oshiomogho. He's healthy and growing, but soooo far from us! They live in the Virginia area, which is a 3+ hour flight away. Here's a peek at our sweet boy: The events leading up to his birth had me thinking … [Read more...]

Out With the Old

"Out with the Old, In with the New." I like to bring a spiritual element into my New Year's Eve celebrations. As a child, our church had a New Year's Eve candlelight service, which at the time I was convinced was designed solely for the purpose of keeping us from having any kind of fun on the party-est night of the year. I didn't fully appreciate the appropriateness of reflecting over the … [Read more...]

9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are consumed by this family in one week ~ more than a gallon a day. When our kids were little, we had an … [Read more...]