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
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8 This week, my husband and sat across from our pastor, a man whom we respect and admire, and let him know we would be attending a different church, one closer to… Continue reading The Bittersweet Experience of Changing Churches
I asked my kids, now seniors in high school, to write brief essays inspired by John Donne's "Death, Be Not Proud" (linked here). I always enjoy reading their thoughts on weighty issues. They seem more mature than I was as a teenager! I hope their words will be a blessing to you. From Aidan, age… Continue reading A Christian’s View of Death (from my kids’ perspective)
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. – Hebrews 5:8 There’s an expression my family and I use to keep life in perspective whenever we feel like grumbling about little inconveniences. “I know, it’s such a first-world problem,” we say. When the internet is down at our… Continue reading What Does Suffering Teach?
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:1a With the return to school, our household has slipped into the familiar patterns and habits of autumn. Efficiency becomes a necessity at this time of year more than any other, as I complete my rounds each day:… Continue reading Joy in Your Mission
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 My two seniors, sixth grader, and I began our home school year last week. The beginning of a new school year never fails to bring back memories of our very first day of school thirteen years… Continue reading Ignored by Christ
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3 In early August, our family vacationed in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan. We are not the sort of vacationers who like to do things on vacation – instead, we prefer not to do things. We… Continue reading Perfect Peace: Shalom, Shalom
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20 My family and I have spent the past few days packing for a long-awaited vacation to the Great Lakes region. Because we’re not big fans of hotels, we reserved a place to stay through Home Away. It’s a family home on several acres within walking distance of a… Continue reading Your Reputation Precedes You
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. – Zechariah 10:1 For the past several months, my family and I have been transplanting perennials, bulbs, and shrubs from one garden bed into another across the driveway. We didn’t… Continue reading Struggling to Grow Spiritually
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. – Luke 23:34 I’ve been reading about forgiveness this week, in The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. The author made the point that it is possible – and we should make it a goal – to forgive others… Continue reading Forgiving Others (Even When It’s Tough!)
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends. – John 15:15a Close friends came to visit our family last week. Missionaries to Tanzania, they had quite a harrowing journey back to the States recently, and much to share with us about that adventure… Continue reading Best Friends