Dear (The Not-So-Young Anymore) You, Love gives —- the Creator cradling Himself in one dingy manger — so you too can always give, because His love always heals, and you can always forgive, as you're always carried. Yeah, who'd thought that you'd get this far? Who'd imagine that you’d have the big X-0 candles on… Continue reading The Grace of Age
How can we who have been ‘broken’, become ‘unbroken’ while living in an imperfect world and we ourselves are continuously falling short?
The good man I am married to is someone who views his world through the lens of laughter, light-hearted jokes, and doses of good, practical wisdom. Suffering from the not-so-common bilateral bell's palsy just recently, the Husband penned his thoughts at the climax of his medical uncertainty. His now slow, yet steady recovery continues to… Continue reading The Only Way to Really Live
There is a way to heal from all our hard, unprocessed, difficult moments and memories, and a path forward turning all these pain into peace and purpose.
Today is not guaranteed in any sense of the word, and today could be cut short at a moment's notice.
He did this willingly unto God. Yet, He did this for us.
Even though our season of life may be hard now, God is still at work in our lives.
Really, what is it that takes the prominent hold of our heart?
When you feel like the night is too dark, the pain runs too deep, and the prognosis is too petrifying — and you feel stuck.... you’re desperate for some rescue, but you can’t help but wonder if anybody would ever come — or if anyone even cares.
Father, You who breathed Your breath into this baby girl, I pray now for Your hand to hold her, Your smile to continually shine on her. You who brought her out of my dark womb and lurched her into the dark of night, I pray now for Your love to spread over her, Your light… Continue reading A Prayer for A Daughter
Would the weary of hearts and those scraping to survive through losses still catch Your glimmer of hope?
The art of giving --- is simply the pouring...
And really, we'll see that there is nothing random about our life ...
In a similar way, here we are sitting in our homes, observing and discussing the strange events around us. Despite all of our theology - most of us are not expecting Jesus to be near us right now.
You are no longer dead; you are now alive. Now stand, walk, and speak as the child of God that you are...
Who are we to say that birthdays are more about ageing than they are about reminders of God's kindness lavished to the likes of us —- who are loved and liked despite of our loss and lack ---
...just a short note from our table to yours
The presence of anxiety is unavoidable but the prison of anxiety is optional...(Max Lucado)
And so we can see how Satan works - he takes a weakness - in character, or attitude, and merely pours a bit more kerosene on it...
Abraham kept looking towards the sky. He kept counting the stars. The longer he lingered, the stronger he grew in faith.
...how do you exactly embrace life when it isn't exactly what you've signed up for?
Owning your life isn't about clenching your fist, gritting your teeth, or controlling every outcome
finding your voice in the elements of the harsh that releases you into showers of joy.
That sometimes when it gets really dark and we are desperate to hold on to some light...
...praying with confidence on your most challenging days begins with this
Post by the Husband "For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,"1 Thessalonians 1:9 In the Western World, we may not bow down to little statues -- but make no mistake, we have just… Continue reading Challenging Our Crown of Comfort
Yet, with all the technology and all our smarts, no scientist can “cause the grass to grow”.
Whatever you are going through right now, know that not only that God understands, but that He is with you.
The gospel message isn't just a message. It has the power to transform us into the very people that we truly want to be.
To every Mama battling busy, feeling behind --- You who fight fatigue, struggle over fear, and worry about the future - We know -- mothering can strip the strongest woman thin -- and this really is a tough gig. No doubt, it brings lots of joy. But there's no mistaking it -- lots of heartaches… Continue reading A Word to The Weary Mama: *Just Come*
The shared human experience is powerful, and God put that desire in each of us to be together with other people.
The ugliness of the sin was that they pretended to give up all the money of that property
What stirred deep within was a longing for a Father's love where I could be found. And held.
A link to encourage you in the great work you are doing with your family!
Post by the Husband “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”Psalms 100 : 1-2 We all know that God is “Omnipresent”, meaning that He is everywhere --- and that human beings are in stark contrast to God because we are certainly… Continue reading Being Present
And right now and here --- you have dignity, identity, eternity.
When you need a little lift --- remember, *don't give up*!
Post by the Husband "...by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross."Colossians 2:14 There is only three things that you can do with debt. You pay it back, you delay payment, or you never pay it back. Having a mortgage… Continue reading What Being Forgiven Really Means
Post by the Husband "...because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people, the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel" (Colossians 1:4-5) To truly love others, we… Continue reading How to Have Unbeatable Hope Regardless Your Circumstance
Sports, Pyschology and Us: what truly drives us
Any change can bring tension, so if you are feeling like you are feeling more stressed than ever: You are not alone!
The question isn’t who is exempt from this grief; not when you realize that things aren’t the way they are supposed to be and that “normal” won’t resume at the time you wish it returns, the question is “how are we going to get through this?”
Why do we stay at the tomb when it's already empty?
That great surrender was the climax of His obedience every single step of every single way on every single day.
How can we be “knit” together in love, when we can’t even meet together? May this time of isolation be a time of finding hidden treasures
The Husband shares about the fear of the uncertainty --- and how peace can remain
The turn of this new year? — I’ve stopped counting. Stopped counting how long it's been. Stopped ruminating how different the world's been — or how crazy the headlines have been. Plane falls, economy implodes, new strain develops, election went south, and our borders? — they have closed once again. It seems too easy to… Continue reading How to Best Think of Time