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Lessons from Children & Grown Ups

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” I have 3 children that I love very much. At the time I’m writing this their ages are 3, 2, and 10 weeks. Today is Sunday and it seems to be a well known fact that Sundays…

My True Identity

Inadequate was my self perception for a long time. As I look back over my life, I can come up with many instances that I felt this way. Good, but not good enough echoed in my mind. When I was a kid I had these feelings in little league, then varsity basketball and track, and swing choir. Then as I got older I get it in college and my job. Then also as a husband and father. I could go…

Unshakeable Faith

What do you do with Jesus? Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry there were those who responded in saving belief and those who turned away in unbelief. I read in my quiet time and it began with glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus taught these using parables, or stories, to illustrate profound truths. Those who believed in Jesus as their Messiah, their Rescuer, understood the meaning and those who did not believe in Him closed their hearts off to the truth and the…

Continuously Amazed

Hannah had circumstances that lasted for years. She was not able to have children, and was being ridiculed because of it. Hannah was depressed, it affected her physically, mentally, emotionally. Her response was prayer. In she said, “I have been praying here out of my anguish and grief.” She honestly prayed to God. In she found encouragement from a priest named Eli. In Hannah responded, “‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate…

No or Know.

In there was a group of wicked men from the tribe of Benjamin that raped and killed a woman. gives the account of the response of the Israelites. The result of the heinous crimes were devastating. The Israelites and Benjamites went to war with each other, and many were slaughtered. The end of sums up the time period. , “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Reading through these last few chapters, it is…

Wholeheartedly Yours

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have a date set for my unborn daughter to make her grand entrance into the world. It is one week and 3 days away at the time I am writing this. There have been several times – especially at the tail end of this pregnancy – where my equilibrium is so thrown off that I’ve run into things (and people). I’ve become a neat freak…

Find Jesus

A good many of us probably take the opportunity that comes with each January 1st to make a list, mentally or one slapped to the fridge, of our desires for the coming year – things we want to accomplish, priorities we may need to organize or re-organize, finding new life in ourselves by searching out our “happy place”.  I’ve made resolutions consistent with all of these things before.  I want to feel better physically, I want to feel more joyful,…

May Our Love Be Evergreen

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. –  Ed Sheeran, a singer/song writer, wrote lyrics to a song that was inspired by a girl he loved. Among those lyrics were these words, “‘Cause honey your soul can never grow old, it’s evergreen”. An evergreen tree is an excellent word picture to think of when imagining what enduring love looks like. An evergreen tree is best known for being able to endure…

His Thoughts and Plans

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. –  Have you ever felt uncertain about where your life was headed? weeks pregnant with my third baby and have had two previous cesarean deliveries. It scares me of the likely possibility of another such delivery. I left my OB appointment today feeling very discouraged.…

The Greatest

Our sense of value or worth should come from an understanding that it is God who loves us and lavished upon us undeserved grace.

A Calming Embrace

We were blessed to spend Thanksgiving with family at one point or another last week – Mitch’s side, my side, all enjoying delicious food and sharing old memories while making new ones.  It’s such a sweet time of year, but it can be just as overwhelming too.  I was reminded of this while rocking with our youngest in the middle of the night after two Thanksgiving celebrations. Dylan hadn’t napped much all day, she had been on the move constantly,…

This Little Light of Mine

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – What sort of circumstances cause you to question God’s character? Are they the…
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