What to Do When You Feel That God Is Far Away

Last Sunday, I watched on YouTube a convicting message by David Jeremiah about gratitude versus thankfulness. I’d like to write about much of what I learned in a post closer to Thanksgiving, but for today, I wanted to share one of the lessons that most stirred my heart. (In the mean time, if you’d like… Continue reading What to Do When You Feel That God Is Far Away

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As We Are

As I was reading the story of the prodigal son this week, I asked the Holy Spirit to bring to light a new facet of the familiar tale. For the first time, I noticed that the father how immediately and intensely the father hugged his son, regardless of the fact that the young man most… Continue reading As We Are

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

Needy People

Scripture says that those who merely touched Jesus, or even his garments, were healed. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. – Mark 6:56… Continue reading Needy People

When It’s Right to Hate

Fellow blogger David Ettinger mentioned in a post last week that many Christian bloggers focus on the love, grace, and mercy of God – all wonderful, all true, all deserving of attention, and yet far from everything that there is to our God. While we should adore him as our Heavenly Father, we should hold… Continue reading When It’s Right to Hate

Not Ashamed

One of the Apostle Paul’s most quoted phrases may be, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Lyrics of more than one Christian song have been written based upon that theme, which is the first part of Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to… Continue reading Not Ashamed

Worshiping in Luxury

Weather permitting, I have my devotions on my front porch. I’ve intentionally outfitted it with comfortable outdoor furniture, pillows, plants, candles, and a soft wind chime, so that it will be an inviting retreat for private devotions or family time.   One morning last week, as I lay on the wicker couch there listening to… Continue reading Worshiping in Luxury

When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

My husband’s job as a city firefighter requires twenty-four-hour shifts. He works one full day, and then is off the next two days. The day that he’s on shift, my kids and I keep ourselves as busy as possible – not a difficult prospect, considering all the chores required to maintain our house and seven-acre… Continue reading When Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right

The Transformative Power of Poo

Yes, you read right. Poo has the power to transform. We’ve had a little flock of chickens for several years, and we have accumulated quite a pile of manure-laden straw cleaned from their coop. Last spring, we spread the composted straw and manure mixture over my perennial flower beds. It was a dirty and laborious… Continue reading The Transformative Power of Poo