Christian Living · Scripture Writing Plans

Walking in Wisdom: January 2022 Scripture Writing Plan

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."Ephesians 5.14-15 In 2019, our family spent a lovely week exploring Arches National Park. We decided to visit the famous "Delicate Arch" (ubiquitously seen on most Utah license plates). While the hike was not… Continue reading Walking in Wisdom: January 2022 Scripture Writing Plan

Christian Living · encouragement · Scripture Writing Plans

Finishing Strong: December 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

The end of another year is swiftly approaching. Articles and social media feeds will soon overflow with the intentions/resolutions/words for the New Year. It leaves me wondering how many people are continuing to carry out those plans they initiated this past January? Do they make a strong finish or do they even remember what they… Continue reading Finishing Strong: December 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

encouragement · Scripture Writing Plans · Trust

Trust in the Lord: September 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

The last two years have been quite the "adventure." Usually, adventure triggers images of excitement or glamour, but there is also the little matter of discomfort and even danger---near-death experiences, large bugs, deadly snakes, dehydration. diseases. Adventure is not all it's cracked up to be. I remember lamenting the lack of exciting historical events as… Continue reading Trust in the Lord: September 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

God's Love · Scripture Writing Plans

Hosea – God’s Unfailing Love: July 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us...Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;His going out is sure as the dawn;He will come to us as the showers,As the spring rains that water the earth."Hosea 6.1,3 Could you continue to love someone… Continue reading Hosea – God’s Unfailing Love: July 2021 Scripture Writing Plan

Christian Living · encouragement · Knowing God

It’s Not About Me…

"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.

God's Love · Knowing God · Thankfulness

Another trip around the Sun!

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!

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!

Knowing God

Why Does It Matter What I Believe About God?

In our homeschool, we are currently reading Usborne Greek Myths. Our History lessons are taking us through ancient civilizations, so we are reading about the Greek "little-g" gods. Some might cringe at reading about pagan gods with impressionable kids, but I see it as a teaching opportunity. There are three things I try to teach… Continue reading Why Does It Matter What I Believe About God?

Christian Living · Knowing God

How God Feels About Our Excuses

Several years ago B.K. (before kids) my spouse and I hosted a "Singing in the New Year" party. We invited  people to enjoy food, games, and offering praise to God as the new year ushered in. Out of the forty people we invited, only half showed up. We had a fantastic time and the twenty that showed up suggested we do it again the following year.

The other half that didn't come said the invitation had not been sent early enough and they already had plans. It seemed a plausible excuse, so the following year, we sent out the invites immediately after Thanksgiving, requested RSVPs, and sent out a reminder about a week before the party. We still had a great turn out, but the people who didn't come the first time still didn't RSVP until a few days before, saying, "oh, I already had plans."

If they already had plans, why didn't they send their regrets when the invitation was sent a month before? 

Oh, the sting of weak excuses...

encouragement · Fear · Knowing God

For those who are struggling with fear

According to the popular YouVersion Bible App, “the bible verse that was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global Bible App community in 2017” was Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you… Continue reading For those who are struggling with fear