Easter Eyewitnesses

It seemed like a very “Grandma Cups” Easter celebration, complete with her carrot cake, potatoes au gratin, and a spinach salad just the way she would make it. Missing my family seems sharpest at Easter, and it was good for me this year to throw myself into making special food for my people here at home and enjoy serving them memorable recipes. I always find it so remarkable how memory serves us. Many of the holiday traditions and choices in our home, even certain ways I think and act, are all because I love who my grandma was and I love the way she did holidays. … [Read more...]

This All-Sufficient Grace

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV) Whatever stage of life you’re in, you know the necessity of God’s sufficient grace. We may be tempted to believe, though, that his grace is a thin veneer over what we’re able to do on our own. But His grace accomplishes more than simply shining up our best efforts. It works in us to achieve what God desires to produce in and through … [Read more...]

His Ways For Us Are Good

“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?— the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. Psalms 18:28-31 ESV   If we are confused by the world around us or by our own fleshly feelings about who we are and what we need to be as women, the … [Read more...]

Our Destination is Christ

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds … [Read more...]

The Lie of an Empty Cup

One Sunday afternoon, the Lord opened our eyes to a need so we invited a family over for a meal, rather spur-of-the-moment. As I prepped after church, making food and getting the house ready to welcome these impromptu guests, I was faced with a very real temptation. It seemed like despite all my work to ready the house on Saturday for just this kind of opportunity, I still had quite a lot to do to make the home comfortable and I was running out of time to lay down and rest before they arrived. I was fearful that if I didn’t conserve my energy or rest, I would “be no … [Read more...]