The Trust Lean

In my journey through the Bible, I’m now reading Proverbs. This old familiar friend of a verse was part of my Bible study several days ago: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 The word lean implies a bending toward someone or something sturdy and trustworthy,… Continue reading The Trust Lean

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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

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

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

Breaking Alabaster Boxes

Until my children and I read and discussed various accounts of the Crucifixion and Resurrection last week, I never realized that Mary anointed Jesus with her precious perfume just a few days prior to the Crucifixion – quite intentionally, as it happened.   On what turned out to be the day before Palm Sunday, the… Continue reading Breaking Alabaster Boxes

How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.)   Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?