Lessons Learned in the Minivan


Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It was challenging at best to get all five kids out the door each morning. They had places to put their stuff but someone had inevitably misplaced something just as we were about to leave. One morning I was yelling at them to hurry and get in the car. I then proceeded to yell at them all the way to school. By the time the last one got out I was bawling my eyes out! I said out loud, “God, why did you even give me these kids?”   

As soon as I the words left my lips I knew I was in trouble.

God answered me with a question, “Valerie do you love these children?”

“Yes sir, I do,”  I said. Now I was sobbing.

“And Valerie, do you know that love covers a multitude of sins?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I do,” I replied.

I then asked Him to forgive my angry outburst. Later that day, I asked the kids to forgive me as well. God in His merciful discipline restored me that day. Maybe you, like me, are in need of forgiveness today. Ask and you shall receive!

And there you go!

Starts with "W"


Luke 2:19 says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”.

Many years ago we were playing a game of I Spy in the Howe minivan. Four-year-old Tori said, “I spy something grey that starts with “W”.

The other four children guessed and guessed, but she kept saying that their answers were wrong. It was quite a lengthy period before everyone gave up.

Timothy especially liked to win. He had guessed the word “road” several times. When he finally gave up, Tori declared, “It’s the ‘woad,’ the ‘woad’. I win, I win!”

Tim declared she definitely had not won. She just couldn’t talk plain.  

Tori is now in her 20s but nevertheless insists that the word is now and always will be pronounced ‘woad’. She and Timothy often banter back and forth about this good memory from the minivan. Timothy still insists, “That’s ridiculous!”

Tori always replies, “I’m still the winner.”

It made me think that good memories make us all winners.  

Luke 2:19 reminds us that Mary treasured up these things in her heart as she remembered Jesus’ birth and all of its events. She won a marvelous victory in her mind.  

Take time to remember some happy events today. You and your family will all come out winners!

And there you go!

You are God's Own Possession

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As I was growing up, we moved a lot! Nineteen times by the time I was 20 years old and all in the same town. Sometimes, all four Griffith kids had to help move. We even occasionally missed school so we could get the job done.

My mother used to say, "A house is not a home. As long as we are together - that is home!"

The six of us once lived in two rooms plus a bathroom. My mom cooked on a hot plate. It was only for a short time, but I remember that place vividly! And I found out that mom was right...as usual. Six Griffiths together made our home. We were a family anywhere, and we “had” each other no matter what.

To me, that’s what it’s like to be God’s possession. No matter where I am, He’s got me. I may roam. But I am His, and He is my home.

Deuteronomy 4:20 says, “The Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, Egypt, to be a people for His own possession.” Egypt was home to the Hebrews for a period of time. God was with them there, and He led them to a new home. They were His own.

Isn’t it amazing to be at home with God, our Father - Daddy - and other believers as a family? And there you go!

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