The Secret Art of Gentleness

“Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 In the early morning hours, I laid in bed, tears streaming into my ears. I was listening again to his wails through the intercom on my nightstand.  I tried to muster the energy to rise for the baby again, after waking countless…

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I Have “Anything”

Sick babies don’t sleep. Mine didn’t that night.  In my delirium, I lost track how many times he yowled and I arose to soothe or nurse him.  It was a mystery illness, showing little but a low-grade fever for a few days, and a cranky demeanor.  I didn’t get the fever, but the crankiness sure…

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Do it THROUGH

    During a horrendous rainstorm this past winter, I stepped out of my car, and was instantly soaked.  Grabbing my umbrella, I opened it just in time for the wind to blow it inside out.  Running around the car, I threw open the door, grabbed the baby’s car seat, stretched the cover over it,…

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A Stephanie Thing

  Everything hurt.  I walked out the door with the baby on my hip, wincing as I hitched him up higher. “Wait Mom!”  I called out to my mother-in-law.  She had already closed the car door, so I waved emphatically until she saw me. “Oh Honey,” She said slowly getting out of the car, “I’m…

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One Sock at a Time

  There is another one. I just opened the front door and stepped into my living room.  My eyes scanned the edges and corners of the floor. There is another, along the hall.  And there, under the chair are two more.  Rumpled and dirty and inside out.  The small white bits of cloth blown and…

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Unbuying Groceries

  Let me tell you a story.  Let me tell you two stories actually. The first is a story I read to my girls two nights ago.  It’s a sweet story about a big family in a little house.  There was a poor man, who lived in a tiny house with his wife, father, and…

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