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
My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae's Days), loves to dance, and she's been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future. You… Continue reading Surrendered Potential
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
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
Last week, I finally reached a fitness goal I’d been working toward for most of the summer: I did four sets of ten pull-ups with the thinnest assistance band we have. Now that I’d met that goal, I’d be doing pull-ups with no assistance the following week. I was happy, but I had mixed feelings… Continue reading One Foolish Choice
In Mark 5, Jesus commanded a legion of demons to leave the body of a man they had been torturing, apparently for quite some time. And when [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs;… Continue reading The Devil We Know
…but, fear not! I’m not one of those Christmas-crazy people who decorate before Halloween (not that I'm criticizing you, if you are one of those people). I admit, I do listen to Christmas music extremely early in the season. (As in, I have already plugged in my earbuds and indulged in my Christmas playlist on… Continue reading I Wrapped My First Christmas Gift This Week…
I’m always interested to hear bits and pieces of bloggers’ personal lives in their posts and comments. It helps me to develop – in a completely healthy, non-stalkerish way, I promise – a more well-rounded picture of their lives. As well, it helps me to pray for any special needs they may have. So…as I… Continue reading Where do you read and write blog posts?
When I read the Bible, I usually study particular words and phrases to clarify the meaning of a passage. But when I noticed this verse several days ago, I soaked up the entire paragraph all at once and enjoyed thinking about it all day - no additional study needed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,… Continue reading Take Joy in Your Salvation!
On Christian radio call-in programs, I’ve often heard people ask how to validate one’s salvation. People say that despite their sincere belief in the Gospel, they don’t “feel” saved. Others say that they have asked Christ to save them over and over again. It saddens me that people have these doubts and fears, because Scripture… Continue reading Are You Secure in Your Salvation?