Just a little wisdom from the TerKeurst Family-

Brooke: “Mom, are you looking for gray hairs again?”

Me: “Nope. I just like getting my head this close to the mirror.”
Brooke: “Abby’s mom knows the trick.”
Me: “What trick?”
Brooke: “She has a wand that she waves over her head and it pulls out all her gray hairs. But it doesn’t hurt at all. And then instantly brown hairs just grow back right away. It’s really good Mom. You should get one of those.”

When you go to a very formal dinner on Christmas Eve and they are serving carved turkey, you really shouldn’t take the neatly staked turkey slices. Really you should just rip off one of the turkey legs which hangs off your china plate and then take your seat at the formal table and ask your mama why does everyone have two forks.

There are three ways to keep the deer from eating the pansies that your husband spent hours planting so that his wife could walk by them every day and say, “awww, my Arthur did that for me!”
1. plant deodorant soap under the mulch- but our deer like soapy pansies and eat them still

2. go to your barber and ask for a bag of human hair and then sprinkle it on top of your pansies- you’ve never seen a vision of loveliness like hairy pansies!- but our deer don’t mind the hair either

3. when drastic measures are called for you have to tee-tee on the pansies and well the deer seem to then stay away. I won’t tell you who discovered this nor will I share who’s chore this is everyday. But boy do my pansies look pretty!

And lastly, Art’s sure fire way to get his teen-aged daughter off the phone with her friend: “Hope, I got the nose hair trimmer repaired today! Did you hear me? The nose hair trimmer is fixed!” He just announced that very loudly as I was typing this so I had to add it in.

Have mercy. I love my family.
Okay, I know the Give Away is over but I’m still in the gifting mood. So, post some tidbit of your family’s wisdom (silly or sane) and I’ll pick the best one and send you a prize! My book, “The Bathtub is Overflowing But I Feel Drained,” could be yours— just for the posting.


  1. says

    Lysa, I continue to be blessed by your open comments on your blog and hope to meet you when you come to AZ in April.

    My parents are getting older and flew out to be with us for Christmas. My mom and dad love the Lord and have taught me many things through life.

    One of the most profound was my mom always conveyed, “Caroline, it takes two people to do the rowing in a relationship”. The older I get the more I realize that is a nugget of gold. Sometimes, I tried to carry friendships and relationships and was worn out. Just as it take more than one to row a boat for an extended period of time it takes two to work on a relationship…friendship and marriage etc.

    I would LOVE to win your book!

  2. says

    Thanks for a look into your family dinner.
    The funniest thing that I can remember is my daughters little friend at the ripe age of 12, was reading signs as we were driving to the mall for some much needed shopping. We came across a sign that said “God Bless the USA”. In here dear sweet voice she said why do we want God to Bless OOOOOOSA?
    Thanks again.

  3. says

    That is hilarious! 🙂 Thank you so much for writing me! That made my day! 🙂 I read the Proverbs 31 devotionals daily and they bless me so! Thats is where I got the Christmas tree idea that I posted. And I heard from my local Christian radio station that you were going to be on Oprah awhile back so I watched. I cried so hard! Praise the Lord for your obedience to His call! It has always been my dream to go to Africa, live there and adopt from there! Perhaps someday! We’ll see just what He has in store! I am ready to hear Him lead though! 🙂 Anyways, this is getting long. Merry (late) Christmas and Happy 2008 New Year! May you be blessed as you have blessed me and so many others! P.S. Have you been to Israel? It is amazing!

  4. says

    As a mom of many, I’m sure you know this already, but it is all I could think of:

    When the children are suddenly quiet, RUN, do not walk, RUN I say! to find out what they broke/what got flushed/which child has been locked in the closet, etc…

    Quiet children are usually doing something they should not be doing!! 🙂

    Happy New Year, Lysa!

  5. says


    Wow. Another comment. How fun. Thanks for visiting my very new, sometimes-blog.

    I do intend to continue posting/writing on the blog as I am just beginning to get over some fears that what I want to say is not blog-worthy. I have made the mistake of guaging the worth of my words based on a few blogs I read which are either hilarious or profound or both. God, however, has done some things in my heart through the gracious, sweet comments I have received to woo me and inspire me to write. That’s just like Him to use the unpredictable and unexpected to teach and to encourage this heart.

    I enjoyed hopping over to your blog/site to find out more about you. Your name sounded a bit familiar…maybe because I visited the Proverbs 31 website about a year ago. A friend also occasionally sends me an e-devotional from your ministry I believe.

    Well, good to “know” you. Thank you again for taking the time to post on my blog. It was a wonderful blessing to meet that way!

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Blessings to you and your family for a wonder-FULL 2008!

    Elaine Johnson

  6. Luanne says

    I just had to share my little family wisdom with you. My son Danny was doing his homework one night. He was trying to write a story which wasn’t an easy thing for him do. After working for about 15 minutes he called “Mom you’re supposed to help me write this paper”.

    “Danny this is a creative writing assignment, the teacher wants your creativity not mine.”

    “No, mom, Mr. V said I’ll get a better grade if you help me, he answered convincingly.

    Figuring he was just trying to see what he could get away with, I asked “Danny, Just exactly what did Mr. V say?”

    He innocently replied “He said 75% of our grade is based on a parent (apparent) effort.

    My 37 year old son is now a teacher himself. Whenever he get frustrated with his students I like to remind him of that story so he will remember that what you say and what they hear are not always the same thing.

    Thanks again Lysa for so many hilarious stories. I sent subscriptions of the P31 magazine to my sister and two of her married daughters for Christmas. Upon opening the gift my niece Lisa looked a little disappointed and told me “ I don’t know about that Proverb 31 woman thing, I don’t think I’ll ever measure up, and after getting on my kids the last few days I don’t think they will ever arise and call me blessed!” After bursting out laughing I shared some heart warming stories about you and told her how sharing your imperfections with the world is what makes you so endearing to all us.

    Happy New Year to all at P31 Ministries and all reading this posting. May God’s blessings be bountiful in 2008.


  7. says

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have to tell you that we just got back from Texas and we ate at our first Chik-fil-A. Woohoo!

    I can’t wait to spend some time checking out your blog! I am so excited. I’ve never heard of you before, but I have a feeling that I’ll find out I was missing much.

    Blessing to you and your beautiful family!

  8. says

    I will keep stopping by here since it has truly been a highlight of this Christmas season reading your thoughts that are always warm and hearfelt, thank you, Lysa!

    I will share more another time….
    sweet dreamszzzzzzzzzz……….