If You Remember One Thing This Christmas

I was rushing around the kitchen this week, getting dinner prepped, and directing my boys to finish their homework when the kids’ Sunday School memory verse caught my attention: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV) Sometimes we live sparingly and we sow sparingly in our own lives and in the lives of the people around us. Some days, if we’re honest, … [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 Gives More Grace Because You Need it from Him

It’s everywhere. It seems like lately, it’s most commonly found on the mommy blogs and vlogs, but it’s also a message heard from well-meaning Christians. I’m talking about the phrase, “give yourself grace”. It usually is found hanging out with sentiments like, “You’re doing a great job. Don’t feel guilty.” And those sentiments may be okay in the right context. More often than not though, the phrase “give yourself grace” is cushioned in much less than what we are actually offered in Christ. Grace is a word that should mean everything to us as Christians, but … [Read more...]