“Why do you complain, O Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?” (40:27) Haven’t we all felt like this before? We complain and bemoan the situations that God allows us to experience. We think ourselves forgotten, abandoned, and ignored by God. But … Continue reading Finding strength in God, from Isaiah 40
I may not know you, but I know that you have been hurt before. In fact, I am confident to say that at some point, you’ve been hurt by someone who is really important to you. We all have. When hurt comes, our natural response is to defend ourselves. Sometimes, this means running away, leaving … Continue reading What does forgiveness look like in real life?
We’re wrapping up Mental Health Month (May 2018) in just a few days. Hopefully, this weekly blog series has raised your understanding and awareness of mental health. But as Christians, we always want to make sure that our understanding of things is true – and we know truth from God himself. What does God think … Continue reading Monday Mental Health: Mental health is biblical and, well, healthy!
Most of us have a desire to love people well. We want to love our spouses, our children, our family members, and God himself well. But what does this mean? How do we do it? There is a popular Christian song out right now called Reckless Love by Corey Asbury. It includes lyrics about how … Continue reading Is it a good thing to give “reckless love”?
How often do you hear something on the radio or in the news that brings up fear, worry, despair, or frustration? Probably every day that you listen to such things. We see headlines scrolling across social media that raise our eyebrows. We listen in to conversations all around us and hear surprise, worry, and confusion … Continue reading A Monday Morning Lesson on Fear and Worry
I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my … Continue reading Where is your hope? A look into Psalm 39
There is a constant call in Paul’s letter to the Philippians to rejoice. Six times in these four chapters, Paul tells them that he is rejoicing and calls for his friends in Philippi to rejoice also. But did you know that Paul is writing this letter from jail? In fact, Paul was in prison at … Continue reading Rejoicing in trials with the Philippians
However you may feel about the Girl Scouts as an organization, and whatever your current status of dieting, eliminating sugar, or other healthy eating plans… their cookies are a part of our community. And I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies. Why? I was never in the Girl Scouts. I don’t even love all … Continue reading Why I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies
It is easy and sometimes tempting to live life day by day, simply looking at the choices right in front of you and making decisions that benefit you and your family. But is that how we are meant to live our lives? If your daily choices are not shaped by the virtues you hold dear, you … Continue reading What are the virtues that define your life?
We all want good things in life. We want happiness, we want a steady job, we want deep friendships, we want healthy kids, we want good things. But is the old cliché true that you can have too much of a good thing? Defining "A Good Thing" We can't answer the question without more fully … Continue reading Is There Really Such Thing as “Too Much of a Good Thing”?