At this time of year, many of us become acutely aware of the lack of peace, especially in the family front. Sometimes it’s because of a broken family or a blended family or rejection by a parent. Sometimes it may be that mean family member that just can’t let a year go by without making… Read More Day 75 – Thankful for forgiveness and the strength to forgive
“The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.“ Psalm 22:27 NLT Oh, what a blessed promise this is! Jesus, who was prophesied to be the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), came to this earth the first time as a humble baby… Read More Day 55 – Thankful for the Prince of Peace
For quite some time a movement has been afoot pushing the ideology that there is NO absolute truth. They have been pushing it in our high schools and colleges as truth (huh? Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?), and a lot of young people just soak it up and don’t even think to challenge… Read More Absolute Truth
When I was a child, we used to sing a song that went something like this: “Be careful little eyes what you see, Be careful little eyes what you see, For the Father up above is looking down in love, So be careful little eyes what you see.” That’s what I sang. I sang the… Read More Love vs. Fear
Today my daughter and I are on the train, traveling across a lot of flat farm country on our way to visit my sister and her family and my mom and dad, who live with them now. We’ve had some delays, and right now are stopped by a field of corn. We’re going again! Yay!… Read More Train trip meditations
Many of us have been privy to a conversation where a child insulted someone and was scolded, “Now Johnny, that was not very kind…” And, of course, if someone does something mean, we would call that action unkind. But are inconsiderate, mischievous, and hateful actions and words the only ways of being unkind? What is… Read More The Opposite of Kindness
I have a member of my family who is a health inspector. I don’t know a whole lot about her job, but I do know that she has to make sure that the places of business she inspects are following the law, and that she pays them a surprise visit. She doesn’t announce her coming.… Read More The Inspector is coming – Surprise!
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalms 139:23-24 NASB Yes, Lord, we open our hearts to You today and invite You to do whatever cleaning needs to be done… Read More Scripture prayers #1
Is Jesus Lord of all? The short answer is yes. The Bible says He is, so, of course He is! But what does “Lord” even mean? In the New Testament, almost every time we see the word “Lord”, it is from the Greek word, “Kurios”, which means “supreme in authority”. * So, yes, as Christians… Read More Is Jesus Lord of All?
Have you ever found yourself saying something like this: Crumbs don’t have any calories. Hahaha (as you eat them). I know this junk food is bad for me, but doesn’t God want us to enjoy ourselves? One little puff won’t hurt. If I say I’m sorry, they’ll take advantage of me. If I confess that… Read More What God thinks about Rationalizing
Have you ever read Scripture and tried to understand the passage from an opposite angle? Sometimes I like to do that. I find this to be particularly helpful when I have heard a passage many times, and I really think I understand it. Then I find out that, surprise! There’s something I had missed! (I… Read More The Just Shall Live by Faith
What is a child saying to his/her parent when he/she refuses to obey? I’ve thought of a couple of possibilities, though I’m sure there are others. 1. No! I do not acknowledge you as the boss. I want to be the boss of my own life. If you think you should be the boss, then… Read More The Skewed ‘Tude