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A Small Offering {1 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the back story. By the time I was 12, I thought I knew exactly how my life would turn out. The highlights included: A job as an artist or a writer with a creativity that quickly produced masterpieces with ease. A husband who liked sports, dressed in suits, and walked in the door by 6:00 pm with a loosened tie and a briefcase. (A home cooked meal was waiting on the table.) Two children, a little girl with my curls and a boy with his eyes. An… Read more A Small Offering {1 of 40 Stories}


Today I learned in one of his speeches Martin Luther KingJr. quoted scripture from Matthew 10 and then said: Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. I’m learning to serve. I want to stop walking by needs. I want to stop feeling a… Read more Serve.


I do laundry in the middle of the night.I finish school work after my kids are in bed.I exercise at 9:45 pm.I find time to read before 5:00 am.I write when the sky is dark and full of stars. Sometimes I get a little whiny. Usually it’s when I’m matching socks and the clock is ticking past midnight. I think something like this: Why do I have to fold laundry in the middle of the night? Or even worse: When do I get to do something I want to do?… Read more Strength

love her more

This is what I hear most of the time when praying for one of my daughters. Love her more. Sometimes she is hard to love. I read the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7 — Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wrong. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses… Read more love her more

choosing to follow

Tonight is the fifth night we’ve tucked in our new son. Five nights, and this is what strikes me: Sometimes responding to the Lord isn’t hard.  When I first heard the whispers of the Lord saying there was another Ayres’ child, my response was blunt.No. You must be talking to the wrong person. No. Absolutely not. No. No. No.You can fight me on this, Ruth, but you must know he is just getting older.You’ve gotta be kidding. This was the sound of my spirit yielding.My concern has been it will be… Read more choosing to follow