How Bad Do You Need It?

My husband needs a haircut. Sorry, honey. But you do. He was going to cut it over the weekend but the haircut place he usually frequents closed down. He walked back in the house with hair carelessly dangling over his ears.

“Why didn’t you go to the other haircut place across from the mall?” I questioned him.

“Too much trouble,” he offered while the hairs danced around his ears and stuck out their collective tongues at me.

Sunday morning as we rode to church I glanced at the handsome driver of our mini-van, but all I could see was hair. Hair needing to be cut. I sat thinking he should have gone to the trouble. He was looking wooly – in a ruggedly handsome manner of style. But he needed a haircut nonetheless.

“You really need to get your haircut,” I tossed out.

“Yeah, I know,” he said cutting his eyes at me in a daredevil kind of way.

He obviously didn’t see the need as great as I. I would have planned a babysitter, driven across town in traffic, and waited forty-five minutes reading the latest haircut magazines all in efforts to cut my locks.

Do I treat God the same way? How much effort do I put into finding time to meet with the Father? Do I pass on my time with him because my schedule didn’t line up just right? Maybe I say, “Too much trouble.”

Or do I make time with Him? Do I put aside everything else and jump through hoops to find time alone with my Maker?

I do both. Some days, I do jump through hoops, and I am always blessed and leave Him looking beautiful. And on other days I say “Too much trouble,” not with my words but with my actions. And guess what? I walk around with menacing hairs galloping around my head. They tell all the world NOT of the places I have been but of the places I haven’t.

So, if you see my husband, nonchalantly offer him a haircut coupon. If you see my Father, tell Him I’m coming I just have to get through some traffic to get there.

**This post was originally posted in November of 2008. We are busy with the last days of school before summer. Well – that and my son broke his foot on Sunday! 🙁 Never a dull moment. In any case, I haven’t been getting time to write lately. I hope you enjoy this re-run.**



He Knows My Name and Another Book Giveaway!!

Grace’s babbling over the baby monitor drew me out of sleep. I listened, smiled, and rolled over. Her constant, incoherent chatter soon lulled me into drowsiness, until two syllables snapped me awake…

Happy Monday! You are getting another sneak peek at one of the devotions in the new book I co-authored, Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood. You are also getting another chance to win a copy of the book. Guideposts has graciously offered THREE books to give away. Click HERE to read the rest my devotion over at the Internet Cafe. You must leave your comments there in order to win!

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Pillow Prayers and a Book Giveaway!

Lack of sleep can endanger lives. I listened to the news report and let out a laugh. The story was about new attempts to shorten the hours doctors work in their first year of residency. Instead of twenty-four hour shifts, it was suggested that newbies should only have to work sixteen. I tried to count the hours of sleep I’d had the night before, but didn’t have the mental capacity…

This is the beginning one of the devotions from the new book I’ve co-authored called Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood. You have a chance to win a copy of the book! Two chances actually.

Join me HERE to read the whole devotion and find out how to win. You can also visit HERE to read a review of the book and get one more chance to win. And if you don’t win, don’t be sad. On my site, there is a box in the upper right-hand corner where you can order your very own copy!

I had my first book signing yesterday. Here are a few pictures from the event. Enjoy!