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...]

If You’ve Been Hurt at Church

As Christians, we’re called to love each other and be a blessing in the life of the church, and a quick look at the one-another’s in Scripture gives us a good sense of how we’re called to live in the fellowship of the body of Christ. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” (1 Thessalonians … [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...]

Courage to Labor and Love Like Jesus

Our youngest daughter was born the Thursday before Easter two years ago. Even though our family has never been especially serious about observing all the significant days of the Lenten season, I was mindful that the day she was born is known as Maundy Thursday. Among other things the Church considers on this day, it’s historically recognized as the day Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. We get the word “Maundy” from the word Mandatum, found in the Latin translation of John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved … [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...]