During this festive season, one of the buzzwords you'll see on ornaments, t-shirts, and farmhouse chic boards is "joy." We are surrounded and bombarded with this concept of "joy," particularly as we gear up to celebrate Christmas, but do we as Christians understand joy? Do we grasp what it means to "rejoice always"? When the… Continue reading Joy Inexpressible: December 2019 Scripture Writing Plan
I’ve seen phrases like “thankful” or “grateful” or “blessed” on t-shirts, jewelry, hashtags and more. It’s great that people are proclaiming these attitudes, but it takes more than a catch-phrase to have a truly thankful heart. Can I give thanks when my heart is broken? Can I be thankful when my finances are shot to… Continue reading Choosing Thankfulness
"I" problems are nothing new. There's a lot of discussion regarding the "I" problems among Christians today, particularly in a culture still learning to navigate social media. So much emphasis is placed numbers---number of likes, number followers, number of shares, dollars earned, etc. The "self" focus has become even more pervasive. It's slipping into Christian music and books. It's becoming deeply ingrained in church culture, particularly in America. It's time to shift our focus.
It's one of the great ironies of life---while many loving things are hibernating or slowing down, we humans kick up the pace. Everyone I've talked to is moving at break-neck speed. If there aren't school activities, concerts, or sports events, there are heightened needs at work. All the while, the pressure to prepare for the holidays hangs persistently over everything. Where I live, many people started hanging Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. How do we find peace in the Lord when everything around us is moving at a such a rapid pace?
Fall is traditionally my favorite season of the year, but when November rolls around, the pressure increases exponentially. There are gifts to be purchased, letters to be sent, family events to arrange---and all the while, the daily demands life continue. For this November, the scripture writing plan will focus on peace. With the holidays swiftly approaching, it is important practice quieting our hearts so we can recognize both the reassuring presence of God and the abundance of His love.
We carefully construct plans for our vacations, finances, homes, futures, etc., only to have them violently overturned in an instant. Our disappointment is only rivaled by an intense feeling of helplessness as we watch smoke rising from the charred remains. "The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew..." You may (or may not) have noticed fewer blog posts lately. Many of my own careful plans (including blogging) have been repeatedly upended this year. So, if you're feeling a bit frustrated, I'm right there with you! So what can you and I learn from the ashes of our ruined plans?
"What devotional do you use with your children?" I cannot count the number of times I have seen this question posed within various social media groups. Typically, the questioner wants an app, curriculum, or book. If I ever find one I like, I'll be sure to share it with all of you... When my children were… Continue reading At-Home Devotionals With Children
During the winter quarters of college, I can recall more than a few chilly Sunday afternoons when I would curl up like a cat beneath the warm, sunlit square of light on my bed and take a well-earned hour of rest. At other times, light was not always so welcome. After pulling an all-nighter to… Continue reading The Light: October 2019 Scripture Writing Plan
"...in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in… Continue reading Be Prepared
On this day, 18 years ago, I was preparing to go to a chiropractor’s appointment when our phone rang—not the cell phone, but the cordless landline. (Cell phones were still something we only used if we didn't have access to a landline.) My dad called to tell us that someone had blown up the World… Continue reading Have you forgotten?