Keeping it Light

Every so often, I start to worry that I'm not cultivating wonder enough in our home. I start to think that if I don't get this just right, I'm going to end up raising kids whose eyes glaze over anytime I try to point out something amazing. But quite often, I find that God relieves my fears when I release all my dreams and expectations and just focus on being faithful and keeping things light. We read good books, keep a steady conversation going about God's ways, and try to provide opportunities for our young ones to lift their eyes to Him and see His provision and … [Read more...]

Pride, Envy, and the Hope of the Gospel

When I walked down the aisle twelve years ago, my thoughts certainly weren’t about being on guard against the disastrous effects of pride in my marriage. Even with all the preparation we do up until we walk down the aisle, as brides or as newly-married women, we are far more focused on what love is than what it isn’t. We are thinking about everything that brings closeness, intimacy, and joy in our marriage... I was privileged to share recently about pride, envy, and the hope of the Gospel for marriage over at A Mighty Marriage. You can read the rest of the article … [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...]

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...]