Steady Rain, Soft Ground

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. – Hebrews 6:7 This spring, it has rained a lot here in Central Illinois. Though some farmers and gardeners have delayed planting, or have had to… Continue reading Steady Rain, Soft Ground

Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

I enjoy studying Scripture to discover how I can be more like Christ. But sometimes, I just need to soak up the goodness of God. I revel in his promises to believers – promises that, as God, he can always be trusted to fulfill. I appreciate that he included so many in Scripture, revealing his… Continue reading Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

How Housebound Kids Can Be Happy Kids

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. – Psalm 90:17 In light of recent events, we consider ourselves fortunate that we’ve been a home-schooling family for twelve years and are used to being at home much of the time. As well, my job as a… Continue reading How Housebound Kids Can Be Happy Kids

Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. – Matthew 5:14 In these toilet-paper-hoarding times, we Christians have an opportunity to share a roll. (Depending upon the situation in your community, that may literally be true.) I've been reminding myself, that not only should we… Continue reading Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!

We Can’t Save People

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. - John 6:44a But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14 In my last post,… Continue reading We Can’t Save People

Thankful For Everything?

The Bible has much to say about giving thanks – for all things, in all things, for our loved ones, for our beloved Lord, for our salvation, for God’s work in our lives, and more. Every day this week, I’d like to present a facet of thankfulness as given in Scripture. I welcome your input… Continue reading Thankful For Everything?

Forgive Yourself

I’m recovering from a bout of, well, not full-out sickness, but a few days of feeling “off.” For me, illness is not usually the worst part of being ill. It’s the enforced inactivity, the feeling of losing control of my schedule and imagining all the things I’ll have to do when I recover. Guilt kicks… Continue reading Forgive Yourself

Choose Joy

I often read blog posts in which writers pour out their hearts about their trials and tribulations. These dear people are often suffering from depression or other chronic illnesses, or dealing with family problems. Others are simply running the race of life and feeling as though they will never catch up, never mind get ahead.… Continue reading Choose Joy

Sleep Deprivation, True Love, & God’s Grace

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22,23 As a firefighter, my husband works a twenty-four hour shift, and then he is off duty for forty-eight hours. Through the years, he’s worked a number of second… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation, True Love, & God’s Grace

Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas

Last week in my children’s church class, a fellow teacher shared the concept of mercy and truth with the kids. Did you know that mercy and truth are paired more than fifteen times in Scripture, and that mercy is always first? Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. – Psalm 85:10 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:… Continue reading Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas