Steady Rain, Soft Ground

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. – Hebrews 6:7 This spring, it has rained a lot here in Central Illinois. Though some farmers and gardeners have delayed planting, or have had to… Continue reading Steady Rain, Soft Ground

How Jesus Revolutionized the Golden Rule

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:12 Arguably Jesus’ most well-known teaching, the Golden Rule is subscribed to by both believers and non-believers, and for good reason: that one precept encompasses all others,… Continue reading How Jesus Revolutionized the Golden Rule

Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

I enjoy studying Scripture to discover how I can be more like Christ. But sometimes, I just need to soak up the goodness of God. I revel in his promises to believers – promises that, as God, he can always be trusted to fulfill. I appreciate that he included so many in Scripture, revealing his… Continue reading Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

What Was Special about Enoch?

And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. – Genesis 5:23, 24 I just received word that my dear kindergarten teacher, who is also my mother’s best friend, has tested positive for COVID-19. She already has COPD… Continue reading What Was Special about Enoch?

10 Short Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:16 I watched a YouTube video recently that put forth this idea: what could you accomplish if you set aside just ten minutes to do it? For me, ten minutes can be used to begin any sort of overwhelming project. The old saying “once begun is… Continue reading 10 Short Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference

How Can Tough Times Be Good for Us?

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?

Overlooking Faults for a Peaceful Quarantine

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

Are You a “Wick” Branch?

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?

Method Always Matters

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

Obeying to the Brim

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