Fridays with Freda ~ Some Days Are Hard

Rinse…lather… repeat. 

Since my grandma Freda moved in with our family a year ago, honestly this is what some days feel like. I often get words of encouragement from friends, and truthfully, and that is enough to keep me going another day. But some days, I miss the spontaneity of life.

Before Freda, our family was able to come and go as we wished. If we wanted to take off for the day we could. Those days are pretty much gone.

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A Mother’s Reflection on My Son’s Baptism

…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.~2 Cor. 2:12

This weekend I experienced one the the most holy days I have ever had since becoming a mother in 1997.

Our fifteen year-old son Jacob came to Jeff and I this spring and talked to us about his desire to get baptized. He has known Jesus for a almost his whole life, but he wanted to make his faith his own. He wanted to publicly show his commitment to God by taking part in this sacred ritual of grace.

Baptism is really weird if you think about it. This tradition that stems from our ancient Jewish forefathers of the faith. In front of everyone you know, family and friends, you are saying I bury myself to His will. It symbolizes the death of Jesus having been laid in a grave for three days and then his resurrection and defeat of that death. By making this choice, as a believer, you have a time and a place where you announce to the watching world,  I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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The Joyful Leader

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. ~Psalms 119:1 NLT

I read this today and felt convicted. I have been grumping around for a few days. Tired, frustrated trying to work out problems in my flesh. This morning I was reminded that as a leader, if I am truly striving to be a person of integrity, then the outward overflow of this should be joy.

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This Memorial Day I Choose to Focus on the Land of the Living

I shall walk before the LORD in the land of the living. ~Psalm 116:9

This is one of my favorite scriptures. Memorial Day is a time set aside in our culture that we remember the dead, but this verse also reminds me that I am in a world that is very much alive. A great paradox.

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A Grace Filled Mother’s Day ~ Encourage Single Moms Through A Special Tea

Some days God just gives you an extra dose of blessing. He allows you to step in where He is already working and join in on the fun. This Mother’s Day weekend I was asked to speak to a group of single mothers who gather as a support group through a local church.

My time spent with them at their special Mother’s Day tea was beautiful.

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A Lesson in Being Grateful ~ How God Used Ann Voskamp to Heal My Heart

Last year I picked up a book that saved my spirit. I was turning into a bitter, nasty person and God used this book to begin to heal my heart. I still can’t completely explain what happened, but God led this cynical, grieved woman into a local Christian book store kicking and screaming. It was just a few months after my father died unexpectadly, and through a series of events I was serving as Executrix for his affairs and had also become the primary caregiver for my Grandma Freda. I should also mention here that my mother had also just died two years prior to all of this as well. 2009-2011 were not stellar years for me personally.

I walked into that book store for one purpose. I was there to purchase materials for the Family Life Services waiting room. What I came out with was a lovely new book release. A new book that I purchased for sole reason that I loved the artwork on the dust jacket. I bought a book for the cover. I’m not making this up. 

 

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Friday with Freda ~ It Needs More Salt!


Since Grandma Freda has moved in with us, I have the privilege of cooking for a woman who for the first eighteen years of my life prepared my meals everyday. Having grown up in a home where my parents both worked, and Grandma lived with us, she was the matron in the family kitchen. I was grateful for her mad cooking skills. Her food was simply amazing.

When she moved in with our family last year, I have to be honest; I was to say the least intimidated to cook for her. At eighty-nine, she has lost her sight and can’t prepare my favorite dishes like she used to. And so when I fix her food, she can at times be a is a tough gal to wow.  Inevitably, when I ask her how anything tastes, she always says it needs more salt. It doesn’t matter what it is…It needs more salt. 

It has become a huge joke in our house when she says it. Oh and if Jeff fixes the food, Jesus might as well have prepared it, because he can do no wrong, but more on this observation later.

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Leadership Lessons from My Breakfast with Chuck Colson

Yesterday a truly faithful servant went to be with the Lord. God used Chuck Colson’s life as a testimony of grace and reconciliation, showing the world the glory of the Father. In the upcoming days many Christian non-profit leaders and pastors of mega churches will eulogize this spiritual giant. I once had a very special “chance encounter” with this man that I had always respected, and wanted to share my very intimate story of having breakfast with Chuck Colson. I hope this will serve as an encouragement to leaders who are grinding it out in your local communities everyday. Those leaders serving the least of these in the day-to-day feet washing work that only Jesus could inspire you to participate in.

It was 2007, and at the time I was working for Care Net in Lansdowne, VA. I was at corporate headquarters for a two-day training and Care Net just happens to lease space on the beautiful Prison Fellowship campus. On site there is a charming multi-room guesthouse, which houses an apartment for the Colson’s when he wanted to be closer to work. The night that I stayed there, Chuck Colson was literally “in the house”. [Read more…]

Images of the Easter Season

 

 

This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.   Acts 3:23-24

Some ways the Abel family enjoyed life in HIM today….

Traditions

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