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The Land of Ten Thousand Hugs

Small children really are precious.  Yes, I know they all have their moments, but when you have their attention, and you look into those little eyes you can see love, excitement, faith, hope, their crazy streaks, and their souls.  They are precious, amazing, and so shapeable.  Here’s what the Lord revealed to me this week through my Gems from God… 
Bed time is always a struggle.  I keep telling my gems when they get older they’ll want to go to bed…”Just wait…you’ll see.” I say.  I don’t know if little boys are like this, maybe at certain ages, but little girls can never get enough hugs!  I mean really…how many hugs can you want?!  I feel bad for feeling like that some nights, but asking for “one more hug” is stalling method they have learned that works…how can you say no to a hug?  Especially when they call to you in those sweet little voices, “Mommy, Daddy, hug me, hug me!” 
Dropping them off at school is another instance where they can’t get enough hugs.  Some days it’s just one, bu…

Thief on the cross

A definition of thief is this:  a person who steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.  Having just celebrated Easter I've been thinking about the thief on the cross next to Jesus and my father. 

My dad grew up in West Virginia, with many brothers and sisters.  His mother and father went to a Baptist church and I know he heard the truth.  I also know how he lived was not "Christian".  So, I often wondered if my dad had accepted the truth.  I wondered if he had accepted Jesus. 

After I graduated high school in '99, I started dating my husband.  I graduated in June, and started dating Tim in July.  I was on top of the world.  Then one afternoon, I can't remember if it was a Saturday or Sunday, my dad walked into the living room.  I remember I was sitting on the floor, and he looked at me and my mother and said, "I'm leaving."  He gave me a kiss on the cheek and walked out.  Part of me was stunned …

Offerings

Gem has a little ritual that she does for mommy and daddy some days.When we drop her off at Nana’s house in the mornings she will insist that she give us candy before we leave.Most days we have time for this and others I can feel myself getting irritated inside because we are running late.Mother has a bowl of candy she keeps on the book shelf by the front door just for this.One time I tried to hand Gem the bowl of candy and she was quite upset that I didn’t know that was not my job, it was Nana’s.Well, now I know.Mother will set the bowl of candy on the rug in front of the door.Mommy and daddy will stand there with the door open ready to leave for work while Gem kneels down and picks out a piece of candy for each of us.She always kneels down, and she always has a specific piece of candy that she will give us.If she we don’t get just the right one she will go back and change it.Do you get how precise she is in all this?After we have our special pieces of candy she gladly says bye to us…

Deep Waters

The other morning my hubby came in from taking the dog out and said, “There a dead rat in our pool.”“How big is it?” I asked.He held out his hands to a pretty good size, and I said to him, “Without the tail?!?!”If that was the case this is a good size rat and I had to see for myself.It was still dark out there so I turned on the patio light and looked at the mass floating in our pool.I looked and looked, and didn’t see a tail.Then I saw a little foot do a dog paddle motion!I looked a little closer and saw that it was a bunny!I hollered at my hubby, “It’s not a rat!It’s a bunny, and I think it’s still alive!”Having worked at a Vet for a couple of years I am pretty sympathetic when it comes to stuff like this.I walk over to where the bunny was facing me and bent down.As I bent down this little guy paddled over to me like he knew that I was there to help him.We got a deflated raft and slipped it under him to pull him out.He was very cold, but had kept his head out of the water.We have no…

Salt Life

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