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.
If you are a man, you may have a hard time relating to this post.
The surest sign that Spring is on it's way: No Empty Pedicure Chairs!
That's exactly what I found the other day when I arrived at the nail salon. It was my day off and I had been looking forward to this little treat I had planned for myself for two weeks. It was one of the things I kept looking forward to when I was knee deep in the muck and muddle of life (muck and muddle=need for prettied up toes).
I hadn't ordered the beautiful, sunny 60 degree day, but I sure was thankful for it. A whole lot of other people were thrilled too....they all went to get pedicures. Pinks, reds, purples....all sorts of colors. All colors screaming Spring.
It was as if all the toes of the world were thankful to strip off the ugly boots and thick socks they had been wearing all Winter. Spring had arrived...and even the toes were ready.
As I sat there, reading and relaxing I listened to the chatter going on around me - some in English, some in languages unknown to me. What I heard in everyone's voices was excitement. Excitement for warmth and sunshine. Longing and hope hung in the air. Longing for the freedom of days gone by - days running barefoot through the backyard grass, of wiggling toes in dirt. And hope that those days might return again.
If you've sat in a pedicure chair, you know that most people mind their own business, at least I do. It's my time to not speak to a soul. I didn't speak to anyone on this day either. Yet, we each sat on the precipice of that same hope. We sat in our chairs, with our naked toes being clothes in bright colors, looking out onto the horizon of better days.
What's your color gonna be...because better days are on their way.
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.