As we've navigated this pandemic (along with the corresponding quarantine, economic nosedive, and educational scramble), there have been boatloads of information and misinformation served with steaming sides of anger, self-righteousness, and superiority. Before you speak, hit send, type a message, share a post, or assume the worst about anybody, listen to the words of James: Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger..."
Quarantine... A second Great Depression... An unpredictable virus... In my short lifetime, I've never seen such a wave of gloomy news. It's quite easy to get overwhelmed and anxious these days. You don't even have to be an avid headline scanner; being in isolation is enough. Even though our problems are likely worse than we… Continue reading Awesome God: May 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
What do you do when you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do? I’ve been there a few times. I’ve had moments during this current lockdown where I have felt depressed because I feel alternately frustrated and helpless. 6 million people have been put out of work. Investment portfolios have been ravaged. People are… Continue reading What to do when you don’t know what to do
Journaling Bibles have grown in popularity. In recent years, some have chosen to add artwork to their Bibles as part of their meditation on the word. The NIV Artisan Collection seeks to enhance this with its own stylishly designed exterior and wide-margin interior. If you've been seeking a journaling Bible for a daughter, granddaughter, or Bible class student, here are some pros and cons to consider...
The present crisis grips us with uncertainty. Some fear a loss of freedom. Others fear poverty and/or illness. All of us are waiting to see the outcome. The unknown stimulates fear. Because fear has such a foothold in our world, it is imperative---whether we live in peacetime or pandemic---to grow in our knowledge of God.… Continue reading Fear Not: April 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
Hail violently pelted my car. Knuckles white and body tensed, I gripped the steering wheel, gently apply pressure to the gas. I expected a window to bust out at any moment. I couldn’t find any place to safely shelter. Cars sat stubbornly beneath the overpasses, leaving anyone stuck behind them with nowhere to go. My… Continue reading Riding out the Storm
According to the CDC, roughly 56,000 people die from the flu each year.
According to the NHTSA, 36,560 people died in car accidents in 2019.
At the present time, there have been 12 deaths from Coronavirus in the U.S.
Yes, you read that correctly: that’s a two-digit twelve without any additional zeros.
It’s possible that the virus could become a pandemic. It’s possible that more will die. It’s possible that the fears are legitimate, but that could have been the case with Ebola, SARS, MERS, etcetera.
I could panic…
…Or I could face the fact that death could come at me in other ways—car accident, tornado, cancer, flu, etc.
Some things are just beyond my control. It's time to accept our limitations.
One of my lovely readers contacted me recently and offered to share some great resources for our littles to help them participate with us in scripture writing! It's not always easy for kids to "copy" directly from the Bible, particularly with so much text to look at! This talented mama made tracing sheets for all… Continue reading Kid’s Tracing & Copying Sheets for March Scripture Writing Plan
In the history of the world, there has never been a teacher quite like Jesus. Even though He wasn’t handsome or charismatic, He spoke “as one having authority,” and His authority was supported by miracles and even the voice of God the Father. People throughout the centuries have attempted to deny His existence only to… Continue reading “Listen to Him” Scripture Writing Plan March 2020
During election years, I often wish I could drown out the endless political noise. The mudslinging, the anger, the debates barely worth watching—it’s all a bit maddening. Then, of course, one has to make a decision as to which candidate is best (although, more often than not, it feels like voting for "the lesser of… Continue reading Shining Your Light During An Election Year