I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you? A good listener hears without interrupting. A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words. A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.… Continue reading The Best Listener
I do so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Lord when he sends a timely little blessing. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the verses in my daily reading of the Psalms included this: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 113:9 If I were… Continue reading From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond
Don’t you love it when a gem of a Bible verse catches your eye, glinting from the pages of your Bible like a found treasure? This one caught my eye the other day, and I paused to meditate on it for a bit. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. – Psalm 97:11… Continue reading Gathering Gladness
I’ve been reading the Bible through chronologically since last summer or thereabouts. The winter months found me forging through the major and minor prophets. The minor prophets in particular seem a bit dark to me, filled as they are with prophetic warnings from God to his people about what doom would befall them, should they… Continue reading Old Testament God vs. New Testament Jesus?
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!
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
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?
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!
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
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?