…love your neighbor as yourself…

Reading the book of James provides quite a wake up call. James (the half-brother of Jesus), I believe, is not trying to scare us with his message. I believe the book of James is instead, a result of his passion. It feels like the road map of life, the do’s and don’t, interlaced with encouragement.

One of my favorite verses in James (among many), is James 2:1-1-9

Favortism Forbidden (NIV)

1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also come in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poorman, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

I am so thankful for James. He loves us enough to just say it. There’s not much sugar coating to his words. I pray that God would help me to be mindful to accept those around me for their hearts alone.


-Remember to liveHislove,



It’s blessings week on this blog – Stay tuned for Friday’s announcement!

Here’s a little hint…….

Take a walk


Mark 12:28-31

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”


My nose-hair

Today when I was at work, I walked into the bathroom. As I glanced into the mirror, I was horrified to see a giant hair sticking out of one nostril. I immediately envisioned my co-workers standing behind me, pointing and laughing at the hideous site (I doubt that happened!). I quickly remedied the situation and was back to work, a little more humbled by my misfortune!

Do you ever feel like the “nose-hair” of society? Like others look at you like an out-of-place misfit? At some point in time, we have all felt this way.  Did you know that these feelings are compliments of the evil one trying to dismantle your self-esteem. The last thing he wants is for you to be confident in yourself and your walk with God.

God loves you with and without your imperfections. Misplaced nose-hairs, chin hairs, grey hairs, wind-blown hair; God loves them all because they make you, YOU!

god loves you,despite yourimperfections

-Remember to liveHislove,


The best US map ever!

Parkers Products

Thanks for following my blog. I love to draw and study maps of the United States and all over the world. Here is a recent picture  that I drew of the United States.


Did you know?

Mount McKinley is North America’s highest mountain!

Do you know where Mount McKinley is located?

It is located in Denali National Park in southern Alaska


This picture is property of 2012 Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

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His brain is a blessing

It’s 8am and I have been saying prayers since I was awakened by my 9-year old this morning. It is quite literally the only thing I can do to keep my sanity. My beautifully made 9-year old son has ADHD. Before I continue, I want to be sure you understand ADHD. I was very uninformed about it before it entered our lives. ADHD/ADD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and about 50% of those affected have other associated conditions (oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, etc. ). Children with this condition often have trouble developing friendships and struggle with self-esteem due to the negative feedback they receive from family, peers, educators.

We knew something was different about the brain of our first born at an early age. He would remain fixated on certain subjects (solar system, trains) to the point where stopping a project would appear painful to him. Melt-downs were very common in situations that wouldn’t trigger a meltdown in other children. He was very rigid in his thinking, making it difficult to have playdates due to the fighting that would ensue. As first time, naive parents, we attributed it to him being “bright”. Prior to kindergarten, before any formal diagnosis, I drove him to a university 3 hours away to have “gifted” testing performed. He did test in the gifted category and the test administrator noted that he had difficulty sitting still and completing the test. I, once again, just contributed it to him being a rambunctious 6-year old, especially since he was a boy.

He entered and completed kindergarten. The teacher made no mention of any attention or behavioral problems and he did well academically, so life continued as normal for us. First grade came and his teacher began to constantly tell me that Parker “had his own agenda”. After growing weary of our constant discussions about my sons “defiant” behavior we decided to have a whole battery of testing done on him. He once again tested gifted, but also tested as ADHD. The proctor said that the ADHD test was so miserable for him that he was trying to unplug the computer from the wall. We decided to proceed with medical intervention to help our struggling son.

There are many medications available for the treatment of ADHD/ADD (I am a pharmacist, I should note). It is a bit of “trial and error” when beginning children (or adults) on these medications. Over the course of a few years, we tried 5-6 different medications until we found the right fit.  It is truly amazing to me the difference in my son on and off of medication. The best treatment regimen for my son involves therapy too. We see a therapist who gives my husband and I strategies for helping him cope in school, socially and at home. She also directly talks through issues he may be having through “play therapy” with him.

To the skeptics that don’t believe ADHD/ADD is truly a medical condition, I invite you to spend a few days with a child with this condition. Their brains were made a little different than yours and mine. It is difficult for people to accept this as a medical  condition (and not bad parenting) since diagnosing the condition is not black and white. You can’t check a blood level to confirm “yes ma’am, the blood test confirms that your son has ADHD”. Like I tell my son, God gave him a special brain. He has a race car for a brain and I have a bicycle. God has never and will never make another Parker. My son was perfectly made with intentionality. He was put on this earth with his own set of gifts, talents and struggles just as each of us were. If we were placed on this Earth free from struggles, would we rely on God in our times of need? I think not. His path may be different than mine or yours, but each of our paths is directly guided by our creator, who has a special plan for each of us.

I have been trying to decided how to write about ADHD in my blog. This morning, after struggling with my son and his melt-downs, I sat down with them at breakfast to read to them from “Every Day a Blessing; A Year of God’s Love” devotional. Of course God has a sense of humor and the title of today’s devotional is “I Think…”. The first sentence reads “Your brain is another of those everyday blessings”.

For months my son’s ADHD felt like a curse and I doubted our skills as parents to do the best things for him. I struggled with the loneliness that accompanies having a child who is “different” from other kids and the shame of talking about it. I am now on the other side of that struggle. In my darkest moments, when I wanted to cry from the verbal abuse from my son and the inability to control the situation, I called on the name of my savior. No one on this earth could fully understand my struggles but Him. Sometimes, in the middle of the situation,  I would just close my eyes and pray. He always delivered and He delivered me this morning when I was at my breaking point. My faith has forever been deepened, just not in the way I would have envisioned. I have come to realize that this thing called ADHD has made us a stronger family, both in our connections and spiritually.

If you are struggling with an issue within your family, whether it be a mental disorder or a physical disorder and you are exhausted with trying to run this race alone, stop. Call on the name of the one who created you. You are not alone. God wants to walk with you in this journey.

I have said before that my favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. God doesn’t promise to help us with just our finances or in our marriages, but take note that this verse says “I can do ALL things”. I take my strength from the one who has an endless supply of it. Please know that you can too.

I can do

For additional information about ADHD/ADD, click the sites below



-Remember to liveHislove,


Life without hope

Would you get out of bed tomorrow morning if you had no hope? I get up every morning with the hope that I can contribute to the betterment of the lives of my children, my spouse, my family and the lives of those around me. What if my life made no difference? I’m pretty sure I would have no hope. There are people all over the world who wake up everyday with no hope for their lives or the world around them. My job as a Christian is to reflect the love and life of Jesus through my every day actions and expectingly, give hope to those who have none.

For I know the plan I have for you

-Remember to liveHislove,