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“Poems for the Weary” Guest Post by Sharla Fanous
When the boat rocked And the storm raged And the strong winds began to blow, I placed my trust in the Savior who made me To never let me go. The boat still rocks The storm still rages The strong winds still blow and blow But...
“3 Truths to Help You Persevere Through the Messy Middle” Guest Post by Abby McDonald
There’s nothing like the thrill of beginnings. Whether it’s a move, a new home, project or goal, the exhilaration of a fresh start fills us with momentum. Often, God gives us a vision that keeps us moving forward, even when others don’t understand our objective. We can see how we want things to turn out in our mind’s eye, and this picture propels us. But then, we reach the middle. Real, sometimes grueling work weighs us down. We might face adversity or distractions that keep us from moving with the same confidence in God’s plan. This is what happened to me several years ago, when I took a step of faith....
“The Devil is in the Details” Guest Post by Laura Bailey
I vividly remember the first time these words pricked my ears, causing them to stand at attention like an aroused guard dog. Years of Sunday School had taught me that the devil was bad, but life, itself, had taught me that paying attention to details was good, so this foreign, puzzling expression utterly confused my adolescent brain. Later, my father explained that the expression, the devil is in the details, meant that.......
What Does it Look Like to be a Good Neighbor?
Jesus's greatest command was to love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself. This begs the question, what does it look like to be a good neighbor right now? What does God's word have to say? In the book of Numbers, we read a story about a family from the Israelites -God's chosen people.… Continue reading What Does it Look Like to be a Good Neighbor?
Three Ways to Battle Unbelief
Nothing makes me crazy quite like when my kids whine for breakfast in the morning. It's as if they have so easily forgotten the endless amount of mornings in the past that I have risen and provided them with food without fail. As I've pondered why it is that this bothers me so much I'm… Continue reading Three Ways to Battle Unbelief
Where is Justice for the Oppressed?
Tears streaming and smashed finger waving my middle daughter approached me. Bending low and listening in on her muffled cries I concluded that her younger sister had slammed the pantry door and caused her this great pain. One of my children is always causing another pain. This is then followed by a cry for help… Continue reading Where is Justice for the Oppressed?
Where is God When Life is Difficult?
You have thirty days to vacate. In the past year and a half, my husband and I had moved one thousand miles away from the only place and people we had ever known. He'd started and left a job under difficult circumstances. And we had navigated the beginnings of marriage, pregnancy, and life with a newborn. Now we were being evicted from our home.
6 Biblical Truths for Mamas to Remember this Mother’s Day
Mother's day is nearing and with it the prompting to find time to reflect on what the past year of motherhood held for each of us. What are we doing well? What have we learned? What do we need to release? Why does motherhood matter? Upon pondering these questions, it may be tempting to dwell… Continue reading 6 Biblical Truths for Mamas to Remember this Mother’s Day
How to Respond When Our Plans Get Interrupted
I only wanted to get a few things done in the garden before the kids started in on each other. I thought I would be witty and put them to work with me, but their attention span at two and three proved them ill-equipped for the monotonous task of weeding. I gathered materials for them to do a small activity and returned to plucking green patches of grass. The final squabble between my two toddlers sent me over the edge. After angrily gathering everything up and barking a lot of things at them I would regret later I sent them off to an early nap. Then the guilt settled in.....