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

Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas

Last week in my children’s church class, a fellow teacher shared the concept of mercy and truth with the kids. Did you know that mercy and truth are paired more than fifteen times in Scripture, and that mercy is always first? Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. – Psalm 85:10 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:… Continue reading Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas

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

Words to Live By, By My Kids

Every week, I assign my two high school juniors an essay or creative writing piece as one of their homeschool assignments. Last week, I asked Aidan and Shae to write their own "words to live by" in free verse form. They were to base their credos on the following words by Abraham Lincoln. I Am… Continue reading Words to Live By, By My Kids

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