Year in review – A look back at 2016

Top posts from the past year

It’s time to ring in another new year! But before we do that, let’s wrap up 2016 with a year in review!

Here are five of my most popular posts from this past year.

One thing I can't give my son

1. One thing I can’t give my son

…All I know is my son wants something that I would really, really love to give him, but I can’t.

That’s hard for me to swallow. I mean, the moment I became a parent I began thinking about all the things I wanted to give my children, and not just tangible things like food or a home or an LSU jersey. I’m also talking about things like love and patience, kindness and encouragement…family. Read more…

You aren't the only one who doubts2. You aren’t the only one who doubts

…For a long time I was ashamed of the doubt I felt.

I thought every one else had a Herculean faith. I thought that everyone who sat around me at church had sprinted into service confidently…knowing and trusting beyond the shadow of a doubt.

But, over time I realized that isn’t true at all. The truth is that many of us limp into church every weekend, broken and beat up…wondering how we’ll make it through the next week.

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You have a baby…in a barn

Have you seen the movie Sweet Home Alabama?

You have a baby...in a barn

If so, you may remember the scene when Reese Witherspoon’s character uttered the phrase…

Look at you, you have a baby…in a bar.

Melanie Carmichael was appalled at what her eyes were seeing, wasn’t she?

And this may be a silly correlation, but every time I see or think of that scene, it reminds me of the Christmas story.

Let every heart prepare him room…

Let every heart prepare him room.

Let every heart prepare him room...

That line of Joy to the World has been stuck in my head for several days now.

Let every heart prepare him room.

I keep wondering if I’m preparing room for him in my own heart. Am I giving him room to move and work and be a part of my life…to hold the spot that He so rightfully deserves?

I wish I could say that I always do, but truthfully, I can’t. Instead I often fill my heart with stress and worry and to-do lists…frustration and selfish thoughts. Or activities.