Hope Celebrated at the Lord’s Supper

Hope Celebrated at the Lord’s Supper

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26  It had been five months since I last participated in the Lord’s Supper. We were visiting my Mom’s church and I was thrilled we were receiving Communion. The opportunity to share in […]

Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: Practical Pursuits

Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: Practical Pursuits

Previously I shared about God’s heart for marriage and sexuality, rooting our thinking in God’s Word (See “Faithfulness in Marriage and Sexuality: The Theological Foundation”). Applying God’s realities in our hearts and lives begins by reading and understanding Scripture. The Bible presents a clear perspective on how marriage and sex point to God’s redeeming work […]

Faithfulness in Suffering

Faithfulness in Suffering

My husband and I finished reading a book from The Lamplighter Collection called The Basket of Flowers (1768) by Christoph von Schmid. The story tells of a devout Christian widower and his young daughter who get falsely accused of a crime. As they are banished from their homeland and face subsequent hardships and trials, the […]

Reluctance: A Joy Stealer

Reluctance: A Joy Stealer

Reluctance is one of my biggest joy stealers. It can sneak up on me when I least expect it. Once I start focusing on myself I can quickly lose the bigger picture of seeing sacrifices for my church family as participation in God’s kingdom work. Most of the time I can send my pastor-husband off […]

Joyful Satisfaction

Joyful Satisfaction

What satisfies you? What brings you …purpose? …identity? …joy? Ponder the topic with me for a moment. “When I have ___________ I will be happy.” Many of the things we would like to satisfy us are good things. After all, God has been kind to give us many things to enjoy. But really, we find […]