When “No” Is the Godly Answer

Born a people-pleaser, I’ve said yes my entire life just to earn others’ esteem. I’ve also agreed to take on projects because I knew I’d feel guilty if I didn’t, in light of the person asking for the favor. They would never turn me down if asked them, I’d think. And then I’d find myself immersed… Continue reading When “No” Is the Godly Answer

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Thank You, WordPress Community!

Since I began this blog about a year ago, my reasons for blogging have changed. At first, I blogged to hone my writing skills. My freelance work is steady, but assignments are generally weeks apart. Blogging provided needed practice.   As well, my posts provided a way to extend a branch to a community of… Continue reading Thank You, WordPress Community!

Breaking Alabaster Boxes

Until my children and I read and discussed various accounts of the Crucifixion and Resurrection last week, I never realized that Mary anointed Jesus with her precious perfume just a few days prior to the Crucifixion – quite intentionally, as it happened.   On what turned out to be the day before Palm Sunday, the… Continue reading Breaking Alabaster Boxes

How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.)   Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!

On Palm Sunday, as we do every year, we celebrated the Easter season with our junior church class. I prepared a full-fledged lunch and treats the kids always love, and planned a few games and activities. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him… Continue reading Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail!

Pure

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 A pastor my family regularly listens to highlighted this verse in a recent sermon, in a way I’d never considered before. How do we gain a pure heart? By becoming more like Christ. And how do we become more like Christ? By reading his words in Scripture… Continue reading Pure

Distinctively Joyful

When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy:  deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful

Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

Is It Well with Your Soul?

My daughter and I often spend our rides to her dance classes listening to our favorite Christian music. On Friday, we listened to hymns sung by the angelic-choir-like a capella group Voctave. One of their most exquisite arrangements is of the gorgeous old hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul.” (You can listen on Spotify.)… Continue reading Is It Well with Your Soul?

Spring Shoots

Stephen of Fractured Faith asked recently if I had written a new poem. Inspiration finally struck last night. Hope you all enjoy, and please feel free to leave your comments and critiques, or share what inspires you, in the comments below. Spring Shoots Shoots do not shoot. After frigid winter, they stretch up slowly, Touching cool… Continue reading Spring Shoots