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Anniversary of a Christmas Miracle

It was exactly one year today when God saved the life of our son, David! Those who know us will recall the events surrounding last Christmas. What started as a family holiday in sunny South Africa quickly turned into a nightmare.

Join me for a moment as we praise God for His miraculous intervention in the Blaak family! These are the events as they happened…

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The ceiling stared back at me in silent horror. Afraid to sleep, afraid to speak, barely able to breathe.

“Why doesn’t the phone ring? What is taking so long?”

It was a parent’s worst nightmare. Unexplainable illness, uncontrollable vomiting, unconscious child. As the seconds painfully tick by, we lay there, fully clothed, bags packed, ready to jump into the car as soon as the insurance company says “go.” 10pm… 11pm… 12am… 1am… 2am… It was enough to drive anyone stark raving mad.

“Oh God, help! Save our boy! Please, Jesus! Don’t let him die.”

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Can our Cravings Predict the Future?

It’s that time again! Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. (Missed you guys last week.) No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word is CRAVING.

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I am particularly grateful to Emma Hughes over at The Very Cranky Mummy for sending me down an unexpected path with this week’s prompt word, “craving.” It’s been a difficult week around here with the tragic death of one of our dear friends, and Emma reminded me of a comment I made a while ago on her blog about the wild cravings I had during my pregnancies.

Thanks, Emma, for the delightful distraction in the middle of such a sad week. I enjoyed this trip down memory lane so much!

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// A couple of years after our fourth child was born, I was having a silly conversation with some of my other mommy friends, and we got onto the topic of cravings―specifically the crazy cravings we had during our pregnancies.

And as I began examining this issue further, I started to see a pattern: each of the cravings I had experienced had an ironic similarity to the personalities of my children. Whaaaaaat? No, I’m not saying this is a scientific discovery or anything… I’m just saying that there was a freaky similarity.

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What are you packing in their lunches?

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// Have you ever noticed that people don’t need to be reminded to worry every day? Or to be afraid? Or to be angry? Those things come quite naturally, don’t they?

I don’t know about you, but I often find that I need to be reminded to ENJOY every day. I need that extra kick-in-the-butt to turn my attention FROM my problems to the simple fact that “I’m alive” and “the sun is shining.”

Some years ago, a friend of ours was traveling through South Africa and happened to preach at our church on Sunday morning. He preached a profoundly simple sermon called “What are you packing in your kid’s lunch today?” which radically challenged how I wake up and approach my days.   Read more