A Little Girl’s Great Questions

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{I wrote this story several years ago on a retreat. Surrounded by nature, it sort of just poured out. I forgot about it until last week, when I came across the scribbled pages. I hope this story brings a smile to your face today.} ————————————————————————————————————- A Little Girl’s Great Questions Under a reaching, feathery tree, a little girl sits with …

What I heard on a “Silent Retreat”

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There was five, very “unsilent” of us gals that accepted the invitation to a “Silent Retreat.”

I went with no expectations, no God’s gonna write in the sky, or I’m going to have a crazy vision.

The day before I’d read in Jesus Calling about being still, and focusing on being with God. Sarah Young’s words stayed close, “While you wait in My Presence, I do My best work within you: transforming you by the the renewing of your mind…Do not seek Me primarily for what I can give you. I am deeply grieved when My blessings become idols in their hearts.”

Oh, how I don’t want His blessings to become the sole reason I worship. And so I went to simply enjoy Him.

Swing

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I’ve spoken at a couple of churches recently, specifically to women, and have felt the innate need to begin with confession. Whether it’s a lame struggle, or the fact that my hubby and I just got in an argument, or that my son scolded me for being a “bad mommy” I want to convey that I am just.like.you. And I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I hear speakers, I assume their life is rosy and champagney and that their children are perfect, and they never get adult acne. So I pretty much level the playing field by letting fellow ladies know that yes, indeed, I am real. A real mess.

So I may as well confess to you that I didn’t want to go to church tonight. Lame excuses but they are as follows:

A Fresh Perspective on Giving Thanks

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If I were to join your Thanksgiving celebration, come meal time I’d settle in a chair next to you.

Over turkey, mashed potatoes laden with gravy, bowls of creamed corn, and please tell me there will be heaps of pretzel jello salad, I’ll gather with your family- large or small- and the question of What are we thankful for? will surface followed by a merry-go-round of heartfelt responses.

I’m thankful for…

“I Don’t Believe in God”

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Conversations with our sons have been getting pretty interesting over here, too good not to share. If you’re in need of a laugh, head-tilt thought, or trip down childhood question memory lane, I’m starting a blog series surrounding TANNER Talks and TY Talks every week or so. Crawling into the minds of 3 and 5 year old boys is scary enough, but I invite you to journey with me, to pull up a chair and join our family, maybe offer some perspective, some Kleenex, some shared giggles, as I fumble to make sense of their honest questions.

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

LOVE GOD. LOVE OTHERS.

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This gem followed me home from the Rose Bowl Flea Market {yes, I’m obsessed with all things Flea Market}
It’s previous owners had used this chunky pallet as a tabletop and I’ve been thinking about how to upcycle it for months.
I knew I wanted to make it into a sign and hang it in the focal spot of our home, the kitchen, but what should it say?

Weeks later, the boys and I were returning library books {sidenote: my sincerest apologies to every Huntington Beach child that Mo Willems books are always checked out… our family is a whee bit obsessed!} and on our way out, we passed a table where two seated women were clearly trying to share their religious affiliation via pamphlets and conversation. A man stood over them and was laying it out…

What Dad Would Say

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Bekah Jane,

I’m sorry you’ve had a tough couple of days.

I know being a parent isn’t a piece of cake.

It’s actually the hardest thing you’ll ever do. The love and consistency and prayer and energy that go into teaching these little people about how to love Jesus, and to share, and listen, and not bite- the list goes on… I know. I’ve been there. I’m still there… you’re never done being a parent.

Reckless love

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It’s been said- to love with reckless abandon- and never have those words carried such meaning ’til now. Because doesn’t reckless abandon signify throwing caution to the wind and hold nothing back! To empty oneself, and give with every fiber of one’s being, at the risk of appearing silly or “too much” or overly passionate? To love fully and well… it’s my renewed prayer.