Webster's defines diligence as, "steady, earnest, and energetic effort : persevering application." Are we giving a "steady, earnest, and energetic effort" to serving the Lord? Do we steadily, earnestly, and energetically study His Word? Or, do we need to be more disciplined? Anyone who has trained for marathons or performed memorized solo work in music will tell you that it demands regular, disciplined effort. If our desire is to live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father, this too demands diligence.
The kids aren't alright, and neither is mom. Exasperated sighs and groans cover each math lesson. Tear drops glisten across those essay rough drafts. Mom's hair is standing on end and there just isn't enough coffee or chocolate in the world to combat her stress or exhaustion. Welcome to notorious November. Mid-year, many of us… Continue reading Encouragement for the Discouraged Homeschooler
I've seen a lot of life over the past several years. Travel. College. Marriage. Market crashes. Miscarriage. Children. Career changes. Relocation. (A LOT of relocation) Loss. Laughter. Change seems inevitable. They say the only two constants in life are death and taxes, but I disagree; God is the only true constant. Whether we follow Him… Continue reading Another trip around the Sun!
Praise the Lord with me, my friends—a new life has begun! Late last night, our middle daughter came to us and said she wanted to be baptized. Her heart has pondered this decision for quite some time. She has done lots of bible reading on her own and asked us to explain sin, baptism, and… Continue reading A New Life Has Begun!
It's easy to talk about love when there is no conflict. It's easy to stand in a brightly lit hall, surrounded by a hundred smiling faces and listen to the preacher tell you how "love is patient and kind," but as offenses mount, love, patience, and kindness are no longer easy to swallow.
Suffering is frequently linked with the word "why." Why do we suffer? Why does God allow suffering? Why me? Suffering triggers an immediate desire to understand why. When sin entered the world suffering came along for the ride. We have seasons of peace, seasons of prosperity, and seasons of pain. Even in the good seasons,… Continue reading Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense
God has the power to take what is ordinary and make it truly extraordinary. Give every task---significant or insignificant---to the God who sees in secret.
Shootings in Dallas. Riots in Charlotte. Explosions in New York. Deceit in the debate hall. Worry abounds. When darkness prevails and our grief overwhelms us, how do we get through it? What do we hold on to? Should we cling to the power of our country? America is currently the world's superpower with an unrivaled military and… Continue reading A Spark in the Darkness.
Welcome to life---a constant stream of unexpected twists and turns, frustrating interruptions and derailments.
Someday we will finish our race of life. It could be today.
I need to live today as though I will die tomorrow. I need to live for God with every breath and every thought.