Traps & Tools


Today’s “blog” is dedicated to my mom and my youngest sister

(they know who they are)


My sister is not a person who enjoys nature.

She’s never been camping and her “gardening” consists of a few little plants that are on her deck. She wouldn’t think of planting a garden in her yard because that would mean stepping in the grass!

She’s not a nature lover and she freely admits that.


Yesterday, she was cleaning inside her house when she noticed something scurry by!

A mouse!

Are you kidding me?!

She was home alone (ofcourse)!! After calling her husband at work, she decided to call our mom.

My mom lives minutes from her and my mother oh so bravely came to her rescue with an ice scraper in hand! Yes, an ice scraper!

The kind that you scrape ice off of your car windows in the winter!

I know, I’m laughing too!

What did she think she could accomplish with that tool?

At one point, my sister was sitting on top of her kitchen table and screaming everytime she saw the little creature.

My mom was in the middle of clearly telling her to calm down, there was no reason to get so very out of control…when, you guessed it…the little mouse ran past my mother…who then screamed and nearly had a stroke!

I tell this story not only to give you a great laugh today, but to also tie this in with God’s truths.

How often do we go about a task and we are using the wrong tools?

Someone might need compassion and instead we are using strict discipline to “straighten them out”.

We might be using our lovely tool of worry and anxiety, when all along what we really need to do is to pray.

We might be doing the job in front of us with a bad attitude and just trying to get the job done, when God is actually asking us to serve joyfully in the midst of our situation.

We might be trying to be wise and budget our money to the very last penny and God nudges us to “give”. Give to organizations in helping Houston recover.

Give to children in countries that are beyond poor.

So many times, we have it all backwards.

The ice scraper did not do the trick.

(just incase you were wondering)!

God also asks us not to judge others so very quickly.

We don’t always understand what is “really” going on or what they’ve already come through.

Just as my mom thought my sister “out of hand” about the mouse…it was a different story, when it ran past her feet!

We all need the cross of Jesus. None of us can save ourselves.

We are truly all in the same boat when we look at life through this lense.


You might also be wondering if I have permission to use this story from yesterday.

I didn’t ask!

My mom and my sisters and I…

We’ve learned to laugh and laughing at ourselves is a must!



Philippians 4:5-7

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Mark 9:28-29

We see what an amazing tool prayer is…

“After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked Him privately, ‘ why couldn’t we drive it out?’

He replied, “this kind can come out only by prayer”.


Psalm 116:5

“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion”


Matthew 7:2

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”


May your day be filled with love and compassion,

Much laughter, much joy, much peace,

And correct tools!


PS   Today is my mom’s 80th birthday!  If you know her…wish her a beautiful day and year to come!  I know my sisters and I are ever so thankful to have her in our daily lives. She’s the best!





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