November 24, 2023

Rejoice, Rejoice, the old hymn sings. You fly from store to store, checking lists and spending more. Rejoice, Rejoice, the Pastor declares. But you are shopping the sales for clothes and housewares. Rejoice, Rejoice, beat the depths of your heart. But you’re feeling the pressure to add to cart! While the poem may be silly, the sentiment rings true. The Holiday season is a conflict in consumerism and Christ’s birth. Each year the season begins sooner and the inflatable decorations... Read more

November 16, 2023

  ‘Tis the season for gratitude. The rest of the world may have moved ahead to Christmas, but my heart is still in the season of gratitude. We have a thousand small opportunities each day to live in a spirit of gratitude.    Yesterday, as I drove through a light sprinkle and the golden leaves fluttered in the wind as if they too were raining from the sky, it was easy to feel an overflow of gratitude.   When my... Read more

October 12, 2023

Teaching your children about God does is not limited to boring lectures, but rather an invitation to bring Jesus along on the adventures, fun, and mishaps of life. When I read the passage in Deuteronomy 6:7-9 that states, “You shall teach them [God’s Statutes] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up . . . “ I like... Read more

October 3, 2023

How many lunches do you pack? One for yourself? One for your husband and yourself? Three for your kids? I technically only pack my husband’s, but I still feed my five homeschooled girls every day. It’s a pretty basic task, sometimes repetitive, sometimes mundane, and sometimes I quite frankly would rather toss out some cheese sticks and call it good.  That perspective, however, comes from not understanding the worth of the packed lunch. Lunch packing is biblical after all. Did... Read more

September 30, 2023

Life can be tough. The world is unfair. Ups and downs are simply a part of breathing. Yet scripture commands us to not complain. In fact, scripture goes one step further and tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. Feeling cheerful, yet? Culture might approve of rant sessions and pity parties, but scripture does not. Here are four practical steps you can take when complaints begin to edge in and you feel like throwing on the sweats, binging your... Read more

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