Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 15

The Ascent Life is full of ups and downs.  When we are up, it’s great!  But when life knocks us down, it can hurt pretty bad.  Mason has felt that physically this past year.  He started playing hockey (learned to skate) this year.  After watching him in his first practices, there were a few things…

Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 14

A Child-Sized Love While Melanie was pregnant with Elizabeth, I had always wondered how Mason would be around her.  Would he be jealous of the extra attention that she would require? Or would he become enthralled by her? My worry about it was fueled by the fact that Mason was really rooting for a baby brother from…

Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 13

Perseverance Perseverance is defined as the continued effort to do something, despite the difficulties, failure, or opposition. I witnessed some really surprising perseverance from Mason this past weekend. Mason started hockey this weekend. Being 3, the first lesson for him is learning to stand up on skates. He started out well on day 1. He…

The Other Side of Fear

Sometimes when we talk about fear or being afraid, we forget that anxiousness and worry are also encompassed under that umbrella of Fear.  Under normal circumstances, the times we experience fear are completely healthy.  Being afraid assists in keeping us from potentially dangerous situations or at least causes us to act more cautiously in a…

Fate vs. God’s Plan

Does God have a plan for each of us?  Or are our lives simply controlled by fate? These questions are often asked by many people, including Christians.  First of all, when I say ‘God’s plan’, I don’t mean aspects such as what you will wear tomorrow or when your next dentist appointment is.  I’m talking…