What to Do When You Feel That God Is Far Away

Last Sunday, I watched on YouTube a convicting message by David Jeremiah about gratitude versus thankfulness. I’d like to write about much of what I learned in a post closer to Thanksgiving, but for today, I wanted to share one of the lessons that most stirred my heart. (In the mean time, if you’d like… Continue reading What to Do When You Feel That God Is Far Away

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Sleep Deprivation, True Love, & God’s Grace

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22,23 As a firefighter, my husband works a twenty-four hour shift, and then he is off duty for forty-eight hours. Through the years, he’s worked a number of second… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation, True Love, & God’s Grace

Love Requires Obedience

During recent Bible reading, I came upon this statement by Jesus. Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46 In the prior verse, Jesus had just explained to his disciples that it is out of the abundant feelings of our hearts that our mouths speak. A… Continue reading Love Requires Obedience

Faithful in a Few Things

Earlier this week, my chronological reading of the Bible brought me to the parable of the talents, in which two servants wisely invested funds given to them by their master, while one servant did not. When the master returned from a long journey, he discovered the results of his servants’ investments. To the wise investors,… Continue reading Faithful in a Few Things

When It’s Right to Hate

Fellow blogger David Ettinger mentioned in a post last week that many Christian bloggers focus on the love, grace, and mercy of God – all wonderful, all true, all deserving of attention, and yet far from everything that there is to our God. While we should adore him as our Heavenly Father, we should hold… Continue reading When It’s Right to Hate

Because Of / In Spite Of

If you follow my daughter’s blog, you’ll know that we spent last Thursday night at a Jason Gray concert, where we had a blessed, memory-making time. Jason drew the audience in immediately with his self-deprecating manner, shy smile, wry sense of humor, and slight stutter, which vanished when he performed. In between songs, he spoke… Continue reading Because Of / In Spite Of

Surrendered Potential

My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae's Days), loves to dance, and she's been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future. You… Continue reading Surrendered Potential

When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

In an effort to stretch family funds, I have become a do-it-yourselfer in many areas through the years. Long ago, I started cutting my own hair, and I eventually learned to do my family’s as well. (YouTube and a bit of trial and error can teach anything.) My hairstyle is pretty straightforward, medium-length and layered,… Continue reading When Your Husband Cuts Your Hair

The Devil We Know

In Mark 5, Jesus commanded a legion of demons to leave the body of a man they had been torturing, apparently for quite some time. And when [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs;… Continue reading The Devil We Know

I Wrapped My First Christmas Gift This Week…

…but, fear not! I’m not one of those Christmas-crazy people who decorate before Halloween (not that I'm criticizing you, if you are one of those people). I admit, I do listen to Christmas music extremely early in the season. (As in, I have already plugged in my earbuds and indulged in my Christmas playlist on… Continue reading I Wrapped My First Christmas Gift This Week…