After a dozen years in ministry, I feel like I should be better at prayer than I am. I should be able to keep a prayer journal, with dates and answers from the Lord neatly lined up in a notebook overflowing with all of the creative ways He has answered my daily 20 minutes that […]
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The tears first pooled, then pressed upon my eyelids, finally breaking over the edge and trickling down my face. My daughters and I were watching a modern re-telling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic “Little Women”, and Beth was comforting Jo, explaining that her purpose was never to have big dreams but to be the one […]
“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11b-12 I love hymns. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t […]
Since “joy” is our theme this year, I have been contemplating how to recognize and implement joy in my life. We have all been taught that happiness is fleeting but joy is soul-deep, springing up in our spirit by the Holy Spirit Himself. And we know that joy is a part of the fruit of […]
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV). When we bought our new home, we were excited to live in a planting zone that is good for blueberries. We happily bought a couple of blueberry bushes and planted them […]
Often, we are interrupted by God in order to change our plans to His plans. We may view these interruptions as a joy stealer, because we are no longer in control of our lives. We must experience change and we must work through the change.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” (Nehemiah 8:10). The joy-moment came in the middle of a difficult season of ministry. We’d stolen away on a camping trip to give us some space to breathe. As dusk fell, fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows under the trees. Our children had never seen […]
When I watch my daughter struggle I feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest. No parent likes to see their child hurting and, knowing there is nothing I can do to ease her mind, leaves me feeling helpless. I can’t stop her pain. I can’t keep her stomach from aching or […]
Heavenly Father, Thank You for my pastor’s family. Thank You for blessing them with three children, three unique children. Thank You for allowing us the privilege of watching these children grow and even giving us the opportunities to pour into their lives through AWANA and Sunday School. Or just smiling at them as we pass […]