Gospel Hope for the Perfectionist

His shoulders were slumped in a way that I instantly recognized. Seeing him like this always gives me parallel feelings of frustration and compassion. Frustration, because this is a frequent struggle for him. I often selfishly wish he’d just “get it over with” and win this already. But I can also feel compassion, because he’s engaged in a conflict that I understand on a personal level. Perfectionism is a lifelong, ingrained, human-nature battle that I fight, too.   Need a perspective shift Perfectionism manifests itself in various concentrations from one … [Read more...]

Mothers Who Are More Than Conquerors

In her book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, Gloria Furman wrote, “Because of the Gospel – the news about what Jesus did to save sinners – mothers who make Christ their treasure can rejoice in their work as God works in them.”   We mothers have a weighty task that can threaten to overwhelm us. Some nights find us collapsing into bed with our heads full of our own failures. But in Isaiah, God gives us his assurance and comfort and promises of his might and power in the world around us and in our daily lives. “Go on up to a high mountain, … [Read more...]

He is a Rewarder

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (NKJV)   “He who comes to God must believe that he is…” We must believe first, “that he is” – not just that he exists, but that he is who he says he is. We get to know his character by studying his word. And we find the comfort we are seeking in these questions we hold, ultimately, by rehearsing the truth of who he is to ourselves. Sometimes, this part seems simple, but in our … [Read more...]

Dwell On What is True About God

As Christian women, we are called by God to take every thought captive to obey Christ and to train our minds to think rightly. But if you struggle to come up with your own original thoughts about God’s goodness to you, go to His word and rehearse His truth to your heart. Jeremiah, who was known as the weeping prophet, wrote this assurance of God’s goodness: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The … [Read more...]

Satisfied by the Bread of Life

Most of the time, when we feel hunger pangs, we know we need to go to the pantry or the fridge to feed ourselves. Often, though, in the busyness of life it’s not difficult to forget to meet one of our own basic needs, either because we don’t feel hungry or we’re busy ignoring the hunger and accomplishing other things. But this just results in us trying to deal with life physically unequipped. Sometimes Bible reading is a habit, but like eating, sometimes life circumstances overwhelm us and we need to be reminded of our need to fill up and fuel ourselves for … [Read more...]