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…But why is it that I am so driven by comparison? I wasn’t afraid to brag to my non-runner friends and family about my personal running accomplishment. But compared to someone greater, I felt like my accomplishment had been vastly diminished. Like I could no longer be proud of my achievement. Unfortunately, this is what happens when we compare to the world’s standards…
Warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream is my favorite. For me, it is traditional and a little nostalgic. When I was growing up in the youth group at my church, our apple pie fundraiser was an annual tradition.
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, and every year I reflect on all that God has done to bless my family since our loss. I pray that other couples would be filled with the same peace that God has given us.
Do you have a prayer like Jabez? Are you asking for God’s blessing? Will you fervently and persistently ask God to bless you and to enlarge the borders around your heart?
Bible Study Tips and Tools: Old Testament
Sure, Numbers can be a little dry and Hosea can be tough to understand (he married who?!?) but staying away from the Old Testament robs you of a deeper understanding of the Lord. After all, most of the Bible is Old Testament, so at some point we’re really going to have to buck up and give it a shot.
That’s Gonna Leave a Mark
I bent down to his eye level holding his little sister on my hip and asked, “What’s the matter, honey?” He motioned to his face and said, “Do I have lipstick on me?” He didn’t want to go into his preschool world with the mark of one kissed by mom (what with preschooler independence and all)….
Leaving Me Behind
Every once and a while I think to myself, why all this death? Why would a loving God require death? Couldn’t He, in His sovereignty, have chosen a less violent way to have relationship with us?
Heights and Depths
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
The Great Influence
Our lives are the collective experiences largely characterized by the people who have influenced us one way or another….
Ezekiel 37:3 reads “[The Lord] asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ “