In his second epistle, Peter explains that faith is the cornerstone upon which all other aspects of our faith in Christ must be built. …add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.… Continue reading The Foundation of Our Faith…Is Faith
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!
Today, Zacchaeus may be fondly remembered as the wee little man in the Sunday school song; but for much of his life, he was ostracized by his community. He was the tax collector for Jericho. Not only was he hated for working hand-in-hand with the Roman Empire, but for being a cheat. No wonder those… Continue reading Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving
Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!
I wish I had figured out long ago the secret to contentment. For years, I pushed through life accomplishing what I thought needed to be done, whether it involved home-schooling my children, volunteering at church, freelancing as a writer, or being a good wife. I am a perfectionist and tried to be the best at… Continue reading Discipline Leads to Contentment
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. - Psalm 18:32 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. - Isaiah 12:2 I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Strength
In a recent sermon about the early Christians in Acts, my pastor touched upon the importance of maintaining the wonder and joy of our salvation and our God. We should, he reminded us, feel free to express those emotions in a church service—not in a way that would draw attention to ourselves and detract from… Continue reading Clap Your Hands, All Ye People
On Sunday, our little country church canceled morning services because of wintry weather. Rural roads are not soon driveable after hours of sleet and freezing rain. So, my family and I began our day by going back to bed. Rest turned out to be the theme of the day. After we finally got up and… Continue reading God’s Foresight, Our Hindsight
(My apologies for the pun. I just couldn't think of a better title for this post.) Here's the story. Seven years ago, my family and I, along with a couple of kids from our junior church class, were driving home in our minivan. The January weather had been brutal that year, with frigid temperatures and… Continue reading If Getting Hit by a Train Doesn’t Make an Impact on You, Nothing Will
It's the day after Christmas, and all through our house, not a creature is stirring. All is quiet—no Christmas music, no happy conversation, no feet running up and down the stairs. But the quiet is not a bad thing, since our family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in some form of noisemaking. On Christmas… Continue reading An Ornament Most Precious