Christian Living · God's Love

How important is my happiness?

"I needed to be happy, so I ____________________." How many different ways do people fill in this blank? "...left my spouse." "...quit my job." "...stopped going to church." "...aborted my child." "...drank my sorrows away." "...took some "me" time" How would you fill in the blank? Or, would you even say this at all? There… Continue reading How important is my happiness?

Christian Living · encouragement · Study

Scripture Writing Plan for December: A Joyful Heart

Whether you are reveling in the joys of this season, or (like me) struggle with the limited sunlight and pressures accompanying Christmas, it is my sincere hope that this focus on a joyful heart will uplift you this month. We have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus, and that knowledge should sustain us through whatever griefs or delights we endure in this life.

Thankfulness

I am Thankful for You!

When I began this little blogging adventure in early 2015, I did not know what to expect. I felt compelled to write, as there were (and still are) so many misconceptions about God, the Bible, the truth, and Jesus, within the church and the world. I anticipated criticism. I expected it to be difficult. What… Continue reading I am Thankful for You!

Christian Living · Forgiveness · God's Love · Thankfulness

A New Life Has Begun!

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!

Christian Living · Knowing God · Trust

Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense

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

Christian Living · God's Love

A Different Kind of Birthday

I've been immersed in birthday plans this week. My son is turning seven very soon and has spent most of the month counting the days and weeks until he can have a party with his friends. I've got a piñata drying on my dining room table, cake ingredients on the counter, and a little boy… Continue reading A Different Kind of Birthday

Christian Living

Depression: What it is and How to Fight Back

Most people think depression is purely a state of mind. Are they right?

Knowing God

The truth in the music.

Over the weekend as I was whirring around like a tornado cleaning the house, the kids asked to listen to Christmas music. I suppose it really is that time of the year...

Knowing God

“Is this all there is?” (Part 3 of “Does Everything Happen for a Reason”)

When faced with incomprehensible suffering, people respond in one of the following four ways: Blame God. Dismiss God's omnipotence Conclude we are subject to random chance. Remember this life is temporary and turn to God for comfort

encouragement · Faithfulness

Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)

Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says… Continue reading Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)