If life has changed dramatically for you, never to be the same again, you are probably reeling, uncertain what to do or where to go from here. You know that you were created to bring glory to God, but you don’t see how you can do that in your present condition. The truth is, my dear sister, you can bring glory to God in any condition He sovereignly ordains for you, no matter how unwelcome it may be in your view. This truth will never change. Your identity hasn’t changed, either. You may feel incomplete as you are now, but God says you are complete in Him.Read More
Sin is sin, right? Lying is a sin. Adultery is a sin. Murder is a sin. I’m pretty sure we can all agree on those. But then there are other things—attitudes of the heart—that we sometimes want to debate. For example, if we feel angry about something, and we hang onto that anger in our hearts, but we don’t take it out on anyone and we don’t become vengeful, is that a sin? What about envy or resentment? If someone seems to have a better life than we do, and we find that we just don’t really want to be their friend, is that a sin? After all, we’re not commanded to be friends with everyone, right? How about depression? Can we just say that we have a melancholy personality, and be excused from seeking to be joyful in life?Read More
It is in the “not going well” that I saw a picture of Jesus. No, His face wasn’t in the flooring design, but I saw Him in my sweet husband as I came unglued (no pun intended) and didn’t respond well at all to the circumstances we faced all day Friday as we struggled to get even 3 rows of planking to stay together.Read More
I have been reading through A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God, and the Lord has used that book and our home remodeling project to remind me that I am still under construction. There are still issues of the heart that must be put to death by the Spirit of God in my life. Anger, discontent, impatience, unkindness, just to name a few of the things that have been rattling around my thoughts, beliefs, and desires the past several days. These are all “self-sins” as Tozer puts it; all focused solely on my favorite idol- me.Read More
Our words reveal what is in our hearts at the deepest level – in our thoughts, beliefs, and desires. When sin rules in our hearts, it will show outwardly in our behavior and words. Mothering is a rewarding life role, but it can also be exhausting, draining, and difficult at times. In her exhaustion, personal pain, and suffering, a mother might say things to her child that are sinful and damaging.Read More
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