In John 2, Jesus performed his first miracle – turning water into wine at a wedding feast - and revealed himself to be far more than a carpenter’s son. What’s intriguing about this story is the unspoken dialogue between Mary and Jesus, hidden between the lines of Scripture. And the third day there was a… Continue reading What Did Mary Ponder?
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
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
As a missionary, my friend Natalie hosts many visitors in her home in Tanzania, Africa. Many years ago she shared her view of hospitality: simple and familiar is better. Her guests always seemed to have the best time when she offered a totally American evening of a casserole for dinner and charades afterward. No complicated… Continue reading Lives that Inspire: “Martha, Martha…”
I enjoy blogging and reading Christian blogs—both keep my heart and mind focused on the Lord and living for him. But life is cyclical, and recently, I've been in one of those crazy-busy cycles. You know, a period of time in which it seems that you are so busy from the time your feet hit… Continue reading Joy to the World…And Now I Need a Nap!
My kids and I have no official start or end time for our home-school day. The length of each day fluctuates according to the time of year and other responsibilities we have. During the dead of winter, we might be in school until after dark; but when spring comes and we tick off the subjects… Continue reading Living by Lists