On Christian radio call-in programs, I’ve often heard people ask how to validate one’s salvation. People say that despite their sincere belief in the Gospel, they don’t “feel” saved. Others say that they have asked Christ to save them over and over again. It saddens me that people have these doubts and fears, because Scripture… Continue reading Are You Secure in Your Salvation?
We moms want to inspire our kids. Just having children makes us strive to be the best versions of ourselves, examples we hope they’ll want to emulate. But in some ways, my kids have already surpassed that goal, and now, they inspire me. My 14-year-old son started a YouTube channel this summer, where he posts… Continue reading The Inspiration Cycle
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. – John 2:7 As a child in Sunday school, I learned about Jesus’ first miracle: he turned water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana. I’ve heard the story many times since, but I never noticed a… Continue reading Obeying to the Brim
The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. - John 6:63b After completing their spelling/vocabulary/poetry curriculum for the school year, my two high school juniors wrote essays about the power of words. Below is my daughter's essay; I posted my son's on Thursday. We welcome your own thoughts about words in the… Continue reading The Power of Words (according to my daughter)
How forcible are right words! – Job 6:25 After completing their spelling/vocabulary/poetry curriculum for the school year, my two high school juniors wrote essays about the power of words. Below is my son’s essay; I’ll post my daughter’s on Friday. We welcome your own thoughts about words in the comments. Words are a part of our everyday… Continue reading The Power of Words (according to my son)
For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them,… Continue reading Becoming Like the God(s) We Worship
For the first time that I can remember, our family stayed at home for church services this morning, and no one was sick. We had no other pressing event to attend. Our church doors were closed, like those of many other churches in America. To my surprise, the day turned out to be rather cozy… Continue reading A Cozy Sunday “Making Do”
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. – Psalm 90:17 In light of recent events, we consider ourselves fortunate that we’ve been a home-schooling family for twelve years and are used to being at home much of the time. As well, my job as a… Continue reading How Housebound Kids Can Be Happy Kids
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. – Matthew 5:14 In these toilet-paper-hoarding times, we Christians have an opportunity to share a roll. (Depending upon the situation in your community, that may literally be true.) I've been reminding myself, that not only should we… Continue reading Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. - Isaiah 55:8 In times like these, it can be tempting to doubt the goodness and wisdom of God. But, as the above Scripture reminds us, his ways are not ours. Therein lies one of the fundamentals of our faith:… Continue reading God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways – But He Still Loves Us
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. – Proverbs 24:16a My family and I are grateful to be recovering from a nasty flu virus. After nearly two weeks off from regular exercise, my daughter and I did a circuit workout this morning that included pull-ups. I was not surprised that I could do far fewer than before I had… Continue reading On Dealing with Nasty Viruses & Other Setbacks
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10b My family and I are in various stages of getting over the flu. If you’ve been in that situation recently, I sympathize! Have you ever felt that sickness brings to light the joy of the status quo? Normality… Continue reading The Joy of the Status Quo