Posts about redemptive suffering

Where Does My Help Come From? Living Life with a Challenging Child

Posted on February 02, 2015


It was a normal day in the Ruch family.  I was trying to be productive with three small ones with little to show for my efforts.  I needed to go to the store for some home items, so I packed the 5, 3, and 1 year olds in their carseats, tight as stuffed sausages because of all their winter garb.  We parked at T.J.Maxx, and I got the baby situated with a click, carseat to cart, my oldest daughter and son walking beside me.  I knew I was an idiot to try and go through this store accompanied by curious and creative children yet to be raised, but I had no other option.

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Posted on October 08, 2014


Growing up in Brazil, I became accustomed to waiting.  In fact, one of my favorite Brazilian children's songs is about waiting in lines, saying the line is not Indian, not American, not African, etc., but the line belongs to all.  Though waiting in lines is quite unfamiliar here in the United States and is considered the result of poor management, even Americans have to wait for something in their lives. Truly, waiting is a human experience.  And God uses it to do wonders in our lives.

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