The Best Listener

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

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Pride, or Pleasure?

My daughter, Shae, whom many of you know from her blogs Teen, Meet God and Shae’s Days, completed her annual dance recital (three performances) this past Friday and Saturday. I marvel when I watch my daughter dance. She has been blessed with the genes and talent (none from me!) necessary to become an accomplished performer. But… Continue reading Pride, or Pleasure?

From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

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

Nothing Between

We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions? Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly… Continue reading Nothing Between

Modern-Day Psalms

In my continuing quest to read through the Bible chronologically, I’ve been happily absorbing the book of Psalms for the past couple of weeks. David often called the Lord his shepherd, rock, fortress, shield, defender, high tower, and the like. As David was a shepherd, warrior, and king himself, those metaphors make perfect sense. They… Continue reading Modern-Day Psalms

Old Testament God vs. New Testament Jesus?

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?

Thoughts About Our Home School Year

On Friday, another home school year concluded at the Jackson household.  As always, my kids were jubilant, while I experienced rather mixed emotions.   It is a relief to be done at last with the work of a home-schooling teacher. I won’t miss grading papers late at night, or writing out the day’s assignments early… Continue reading Thoughts About Our Home School Year

When “No” Is the Godly Answer

Born a people-pleaser, I’ve said yes my entire life just to earn others’ esteem. I’ve also agreed to take on projects because I knew I’d feel guilty if I didn’t, in light of the person asking for the favor. They would never turn me down if asked them, I’d think. And then I’d find myself immersed… Continue reading When “No” Is the Godly Answer