Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5 I once thought that if there was an opportunity to serve at church, and no one else filled that role, I should do it. I quickly… Continue reading Just Be the Best Building Block You Can – Not the Whole House!
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
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
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why… Continue reading Why Are You Sad?
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?
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
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. – Psalm 119:18 As a long-time Christian, I can unconsciously speed through Bible reading. Or, upon hearing a familiar account from Scripture during a sermon, I might think, “I’ve heard that story before.” But if David – the man after God's… Continue reading Seeing “Wondrous Things”
For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them,… Continue reading Becoming Like the God(s) We Worship
For the first time that I can remember, our family stayed at home for church services this morning, and no one was sick. We had no other pressing event to attend. Our church doors were closed, like those of many other churches in America. To my surprise, the day turned out to be rather cozy… Continue reading A Cozy Sunday “Making Do”
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. – Psalm 90:17 In light of recent events, we consider ourselves fortunate that we’ve been a home-schooling family for twelve years and are used to being at home much of the time. As well, my job as a… Continue reading How Housebound Kids Can Be Happy Kids