Category: Wednesday’s Wisdom

Wednesday’s Wisdom is a weekly column sharing nuggets of wisdom learned through the eyes of our contributors.

The Love of the Good Shepherd

In the novel, Les Miserables, the bishop of Digne is faced with the decision of how to treat men who were despised in the community because of their past behavior.  Those of you familiar with the story will likely remember the mercy and empathy he demonstrated to the main character and former convict, Jean Valjean, even after he has betrayed the …

Can you Forgive without Forgetting?

We have all heard the old saying “Forgive and Forget.”  As an adult I know it is not meant to be taken literally, but as a child that is what I thought should happen. It took me nearly 40 years of emotional turmoil to unravel such a simple concept and change my mindset to “Forgive and Grow.”   A Little …

10 Things Foreclosure has Taught Me

I prided myself on being a person of integrity — doing what I am supposed to do. A person who never lets people down. However, I was thrown into an identity crisis when we were forced into foreclosure on our family’s first home. It was a time where, with God’s help, I conquered feelings of doubt and became stronger in …

Why Be Normal?

When I was in junior high, there was a button craze.  We could buy little buttons (pins) with cute sayings on them.  We would wear them on our coats and become walking billboards for things we thought were clever or cute or funny.  I had a lot of buttons with humorous or sarcastic phrases (did I mention:  junior high school?), …

Our Newborn’s Heart Surgery and How we Survived

On an unusually warm February morning, I walked hand in hand with my husband, Chris, toward our 20-week ultrasound appointment for our third child. As we entered the doctor’s office, I had a startling impression everything would not be okay. I immediately wished we had prayed together before leaving the house, and offered a silent prayer for strength to handle …

Allowing Christ to Deliver You

Two years ago I had this sweet boy, and this photo was taken just a moment after his birth. I cherish this picture and have never felt like sharing it because it’s almost a sacred photo for me. I remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling when it was taken. Now as I look at it two years later, …

Growing in Patience

I don’t consider myself particularly patient because I hate wasting time.  I like to plan ahead and organize specifically so I don’t waste my time.  And excessive waiting —well, it’s  just so boring and useless.  I suppose I subscribe to Henry David Thoreau’s observation: The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”  -Henry David Thoreau Life …

Choosing God’s Path, Not Mine

We spent the first five years of our marriage in the typical transient state of many young couples — moving from one rental to the next for a little more space, graduate school, an internship. I eagerly looked forward to the day we could “put down roots” so to speak.  Everything from building lasting relationships to buying the perfect laundry …

Learning to Listen

Some years ago, my in-laws generously took their entire family to the island of Oahu for a family vacation.  We enjoyed an incredible week of snorkeling, parasailing, hiking, sea kayaking, and making amazing memories together.  On the final day of our trip, we spent the morning packing our things. We were busy cleaning up the massive home that we had all …