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He Will Deal Graciously 

Tenderly and graciously does He deal with us! (Francis Bourdillon, “A Psalm of Blessing!” 1864) “For He knows how weak we are–He remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone–as though we had never been here! But the … Continue reading

Weary Mariner

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke–because the Lord disciplines those He loves, just as a father disciplines the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 To the children of God, afflictions are sent in mercy. They are directed by love. They are designed . . .   to … Continue reading

Present Sufferings

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time–are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!” Romans 8:18 Paul compares present sufferings–with future glory.  Believers are exposed to all kinds of suffering, and instead of obtaining an exemption from afflictions–they are assured that it is through much … Continue reading

Christmas Expectations

My mom and I enjoyed some sweet time together this week. As we were talking, my strong dislike of change became the topic of conversation. My mom laughingly commented that I have strongly fought change since I was little. She is so right, change is extremely difficult for me. Being an adult single during the holidays … Continue reading

Overweight, Yet God Is Still Sovereign

I sometimes have a hard time understanding the sovereignty of God in tandem with the responsibility of Man. The Bible is clear that God is sovereign over all things, but equally clear that man is responsible for his own actions. I know that both can be true at the same time, but the inter-workings of … Continue reading

Same Blog, Different Spin

If we would have met when I was in my early 20s and you would have asked “where do you see yourself in ten years”? My reply would have gone something like this, “Married, 4 or 5 kids, pastor’s wife, serving my Savior in my local church”. Simple vision, not glamorous, and, one would think, … Continue reading

Who Is Sufficient?

2 Corinthians 2:16 Believing in grace for past and future trials is easy, but resting in grace for the immediate need is true faith. Believer, grace is sufficient right now. Do not say that this is a new trouble, but if you do, remember that the grace of God is always new. Do not complain … Continue reading

The Lord Helped Us – 2015 Reflections

“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12) The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet “hitherto hath the Lord helped us!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health; at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea; in honor, in dishonor, … Continue reading

The Changed Cross

There is a poem called “The Changed Cross.” It represents a weary one who thought that her cross was surely heavier than those of others whom she saw about her, and she wished that she might choose another instead of her own. She slept, and in her dream she was let to a place where … Continue reading

Amazon Deals

Amazon is announcing deals better than Black Friday for next Wednesday! The only catch, you have to be an Amazon Prime member. Not a member? You can sign up for a 30 day trial. And as an Amazon Prime member, let me say it’s pretty awesome! You can sign-up HERE.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Dad, condensing you into a paragraph just isn’t possible. I am the person I am today because of God’s working in my life. One of the primary means of that work was and still remains you. You are a walking example of patience, self-sacrifice, and putting everyone else before yourself. You are a living demonstration … Continue reading

Peace, Trust, Rest, Sleep

Read the below last night (from Streams in the Desert, awesome devotional, btw). It amazes me how God knows just what I need to read, right when I need it! It takes a minute to process the old English, but it’s worth it! “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this … Continue reading

Why I Love Renew Kidz

For the past two years (this June is year 3) my church has done a family retreat. 2 days of living on a college campus, eating together, playing together, worshiping together, and learning about Jesus together. It has been an honor to be asked to head up the child care portion of the retreat each … Continue reading

Pray

So many thoughts swirling around in my head right now. So much turmoil going on in our nation. Presidential primaries have begun. Que endless debates. These were the thoughts I posted on Facebook yesterday… Just a little thought. As presidential primaries are coming, as the nation is in turmoil over many sad events…everyone has an … Continue reading