It’s Yellow Ball Monday, and Karee Mouw has the ball…


Last week, my little guy, Sawyer, padded into our bedroom in the middle of the night looking for some comfort. This isn’t entirely uncommon. (Please note that he comes to my side of the bed, not my husband’s.  Not fair).


In my lazy, half-asleep state, I opted to pull Sawyer into bed with us rather than getting up, going into his room and comforting him back to sleep. 

Sawyer sidled up to me as soon as I got him in bed with us.  He’s super cuddly, and anytime I moved or rolled over, he automatically moved or rolled over to find me.  We had to be touching.  At one point he was literally lying on top of me.  

He was half asleep.  I was half asleep.  Really, we just disturbed each other for the rest of the night. 

While we snuggled, I could feel him fidgeting. Then, I felt his sweet little hand patting around in the dark until he felt my face.  With his hand on my cheek, he was comforted enough to relax. It was as if he thought, “Okay, I found her.  I can rest now.”

This reminded me so much of myself in the last month.  In navigating the fears of life, I’ve been driven to the Psalms.  Psalms 27 is a great remedy for fear! In verses 7 and 8 David says,

“Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!

You have said, “Seek  my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Like Sawyer, when I am afraid and restless, I can reach my child-like hand out in the dark and find the face of my Heavenly Father. When I seek Him, He is faithful to reveal Himself.


When I see His face–who He is and what He is like, I am comforted. I can peacefully rest in His character.  What a victory!

Karee, and her husband, Brandon have been married for 13 years. She has children–a seven year old girl and a three year old boy. She is also the not-so-excited owner of some pretty boring dwarf frogs. Karee is actively involved at her church and her daughter’s school. She enjoys doing anything creative! 

I first knew Karee as a missionary kid–our church supported her parents, Phil and Kitty McMillen, who are now in Togo, West Africa. More recently, I had the privilege of getting to know Karee as an adult, when we served together on several leadership teams at our church. What a delight to see a young mom who is so passionate about serving her Lord and her family with excellence. 

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