The “One Thing” Jesus Emphasized

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. – Mark 10:21 My oldest son and I were talking late one night last week about… Continue reading The “One Thing” Jesus Emphasized

Celebrating Christ Every Day (not just when the calendar dictates!)

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the… Continue reading Celebrating Christ Every Day (not just when the calendar dictates!)

Still Together, Still Charitable During the Christmas Season

Following is an excerpt from an article I wrote for a local magazine. The inspiring community leaders I interviewed shared their insights on how we can come still come together and give to others during this holiday season. Perhaps they will inspire you as well! By this shall all men know that ye are my… Continue reading Still Together, Still Charitable During the Christmas Season

How Bad Is Ingratitude?

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. – 2 Timothy 3:2 If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I've been on a quest to get fit. After working through a shoulder injury and balancing the realities of middle-aged joints… Continue reading How Bad Is Ingratitude?

The Literal Meaning of Trust

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 I have many hobbies, but perhaps one of my favorites is cooking. To me, the entire process of creating food from scratch is satisfying – and, in varying degrees, my kids have grown to enjoy cooking and baking as… Continue reading The Literal Meaning of Trust

Ordinary Gifts in God’s Extraordinary Hands

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. - 1 Peter 4:8-10 Over Labor Day… Continue reading Ordinary Gifts in God’s Extraordinary Hands

The Bittersweet Experience of Changing Churches

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8 This week, my husband and sat across from our pastor, a man whom we respect and admire, and let him know we would be attending a different church, one closer to… Continue reading The Bittersweet Experience of Changing Churches

A Christian’s View of Death (from my kids’ perspective)

I asked my kids, now seniors in high school, to write brief essays inspired by John Donne's "Death, Be Not Proud" (linked here). I always enjoy reading their thoughts on weighty issues. They seem more mature than I was as a teenager! I hope their words will be a blessing to you. From Aidan, age… Continue reading A Christian’s View of Death (from my kids’ perspective)

What Does Suffering Teach?

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. – Hebrews 5:8 There’s an expression my family and I use to keep life in perspective whenever we feel like grumbling about little inconveniences. “I know, it’s such a first-world problem,” we say. When the internet is down at our… Continue reading What Does Suffering Teach?

Joy in Your Mission

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:1a With the return to school, our household has slipped into the familiar patterns and habits of autumn. Efficiency becomes a necessity at this time of year more than any other, as I complete my rounds each day:… Continue reading Joy in Your Mission