Poison Dart Frogs are some of the tiniest and beautiful creatures on the planet; they are also incrediably deadly. So, why call this blog "Tiny Dart Frog"? It goes back to the old adage - good things come in small packages. We are all created exactly as God has intended - unique, strong, and beautiful.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This evening is one of those times when, frankly, I am coming up short every time I turn around.
Short on patience - I actually asked my youngest son if he was "trying to annoy me to death."
Short on brain cells - proportional fractions - WHAT?! Short on the ability to help with homework because of brain cell shortage.
Short on love - barely hugged the kids as they walked out the door to their dad's.
Basically, coming up short on being a good mom...that's how the evening feels.
Yup - it's going to be one of those nights when I pray to God to erase this evening from my children's sweet minds. Probably I need God to erase it from my mind. I need someone else's blog to tell me all will be well. Seriously - this just came to me - that's sort-of what the Bible is - God's blog!
Here's a blog post from God's blog:
"God will swallow up death forever. The LORD God will wipe away tears away from every face, and God will remove the disgrace of the people from the whole earth. The LORD has spoken."
I come up short a lot; I'm feeling pretty darn thankful for grace and forgiveness right about now. Usually I don't blog when I mess up...not too "uplifting" but I was thinking that maybe someone else out there is having a "short" evening and could use a little company. Good news - we've got the best company around...God is with us - that's what Advent anticipates - that's the promise of Christmas. Praise be to God!
My name is Christine Stephan, although I answer mostly to Mom or Pastor.
I am a Lutheran pastor for an amazing group of Jesus' disciples just outside Washington DC AND a mom to 3 of the best boys in the universe.
I blog here about family and faith and frustrations....That thing we call 'life'.
My boys are passionate about all things legos, anything involving a ball, video games, and chocolate.
I am an avid runner, a lover of interesting books and deep conversation, a very amateur writer, and also a lover of chocolate.
I also love theology (which is weird, I know), but I don't love theology more than Jesus.
This blog is hardly ever profound, but it is real. As a pastor and I mom, I find 'real' to be more helpful in my journey with Jesus than crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.