Tiny Dart Frog

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." 
Isaiah 25:8

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!


  1. Christine - coming up short is something many of us do (more likely, all of us do). But as with the grace of God, there is grace from our children and friends. Most of the time we are harder on ourselves and have that great Lutheran guilt, but the kids or our friends just love over it. Just make up for the missed hugs by snitching a few extra as one of them walk by. Give them one of your wonderful smiles and give them a kiss. Grace is a wonderful thing - Thank God for it. Phyllis (Epiphany) We are so glad you have accepted us and are anxious to have you as part of our family!

  2. Phyllis - mmm....thank you. Someone once told me, "grace is getting more than maybe you deserve and mercy is not getting what you sometimes deserve." (-; I am so thrilled to be at Epiphany and am looking forward to our journey together. It definitely feels like a Spirit thing!