In Romans 5, Paul discusses how difficult experiences can be the foundation upon which we can build strong character, block by block. He says, …We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our… Continue reading How Can Tough Times Be Good for Us?
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. – Psalm 24:3, 4 Wouldn’t it be interesting to compare how much more often people are washing their… Continue reading Jesus’ Thoughts on Hand-Washing
As I read Jan Karon’s Mitford Bedside Companion this Sunday, I was reminded of prayers that God will always answer. Later that day, as my family and I listened to a recent sermon by Charles Stanley, I was reminded, in contrast, that there are also some prayers he will not answer. Karon’s protagonist, Episcopalian priest… Continue reading Prayers That God Will Always Answer – And Some That He Will Not
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. – Proverbs 19:11 With our family of five working together, playing together, and home-schooling together, all the togetherness can feel a bit oppressive at times. I imagine you can relate! Never have I felt more fortunate that… Continue reading Overlooking Faults for a Peaceful Quarantine
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why… Continue reading Why Are You Sad?
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:6 Happy Easter, friends! As I read about Christ’s glorious Resurrection this morning, a phrase from today’s Scripture jumped out at me: “as he said.” The Lord had told his followers that he would come back to life after his death… And… Continue reading As He Said
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – John 15:4 One of the garden chores that I must do every spring is pruning. First to go are branches that are obviously dead: withered, brittle, and blackened. I also thin out less healthy… Continue reading Are You a “Wick” Branch?
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. - Psalm 19:7-8 Long ago, when my husband and I decided to home-school our kids, we realized that we would have… Continue reading Method Always Matters
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. – Psalm 119:18 As a long-time Christian, I can unconsciously speed through Bible reading. Or, upon hearing a familiar account from Scripture during a sermon, I might think, “I’ve heard that story before.” But if David – the man after God's… Continue reading Seeing “Wondrous Things”
Seek peace, and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14b Recent days of distancing myself from the rest of the world has meant extra closeness with my family members – perhaps too much closeness for comfort, at times. As a home-schooling family, we are often at home together and do most everything as a unit. In light of that, we feel… Continue reading Living Out Psalm 34:14