"Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.... they are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful." Mark 4.7, 18-19,… Continue reading The Danger of Apathy
When it comes to "working for the Lord" we often think of preaching, teaching, praying, studying, hospitality, etc. Is that the only work we do for the Lord? What attitude are we supposed to carry into our jobs? Our homes? Our schools?
"If I am to love the Lord my God with all my mind, there will not be room in it for carnality, for pride, for anxiety, for the love of myself. How can the mind be filled with the love of the Lord and have space left over for things like that?" ~ Elisabeth Elliot… Continue reading Set Your Mind: Scripture Writing Plan for January 2020
The choice to homeschool should not be taken lightly. It demands a significant amount of time, prayer, and patience. Whether you are a newbie homeschooler or a veteran in need of inspiration, I hope the following resource list will be helpful! Getting Started When I initiated homeschooling in 2011, I didn't even know where to begin.… Continue reading Tools for Homeschooling for Newbies & Veterans!
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?