Are You Secure in Your Salvation?

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?

The Inspiration Cycle

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

The Foundation of Our Faith…Is Faith

In his second epistle, Peter explains that faith is the cornerstone upon which all other aspects of our faith in Christ must be built. …add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.… Continue reading The Foundation of Our Faith…Is Faith

Celebrate & Meditate with Thanksgiving Music

Earlier this week, an unseasonably early snowfall kept us inside, providing a perfect opportunity for cozy indoor activities. I’ve been baking and catching up on some “fun” computer projects, including creating a Thanksgiving-themed playlist on Spotify. (I mentioned this idea in a prior post.) With its mix of classic hymns with and contemporary worship songs,… Continue reading Celebrate & Meditate with Thanksgiving Music

Feeling Grateful, Acting Thankful

Every autumn, most of my junior church class sessions are taken up with practicing for our Christmas program.  This year, we are rehearsing for our own little version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Besides practicing, we have spent our November Sundays together focusing on thanksgiving and gratitude. I recently heard that while gratitude is an… Continue reading Feeling Grateful, Acting Thankful

Forgive Yourself

I’m recovering from a bout of, well, not full-out sickness, but a few days of feeling “off.” For me, illness is not usually the worst part of being ill. It’s the enforced inactivity, the feeling of losing control of my schedule and imagining all the things I’ll have to do when I recover. Guilt kicks… Continue reading Forgive Yourself

Thanksgiving Carols

My daughter, Shae, and I agree: the songs of Thanksgiving seem to get lost in the shuffle, as people leap from "spooky spirit" to Christmas spirit. Today, we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorite songs of the season. (You can view her picks here.) Time permitting, I plan to create a Spotify playlist… Continue reading Thanksgiving Carols

Choose Joy

I often read blog posts in which writers pour out their hearts about their trials and tribulations. These dear people are often suffering from depression or other chronic illnesses, or dealing with family problems. Others are simply running the race of life and feeling as though they will never catch up, never mind get ahead.… Continue reading Choose Joy

Getting Spiritually Fit

It’s been about two years since I began training to do an unassisted pull-up. My first attempt was rather embarrassing, as I couldn’t even begin to pull myself up. It was more of a dead hang. And I couldn’t even hang on for all that long. This week, I did three pull-ups, thanks to the… Continue reading Getting Spiritually Fit

The Respite of Christian Friendship

When the Apostle Paul traveled from Athens to Corinth, he became acquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, a married couple who shared Paul’s occupation as a tentmaker, and his identity as a Jew. And [Paul] found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had… Continue reading The Respite of Christian Friendship

From “Peter-ish” to Powerful

I’m often grateful that God included in Scripture people who transformed from weak to strong, from cowardly to bold. If the Bible only included the stories of people such as Joseph, who never gave in to temptation or lost his faith (as recorded in Scripture), we might be left feeling inspired by such stories, but… Continue reading From “Peter-ish” to Powerful