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Everywhere we turn, people are suffering from illness, loneliness, hunger, homelessness, abuse, injustice, etc. Why, Lord? Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Leave what you’re doing, your wants, your needs, your opinions, your cares, your concerns. When we are called to obedience we are stretched beyond ourselves. When we leave it all behind and walk with the One who is calling us to a new “land”, it is downright scary!
Raising kids is hard. Also, the Pope is Catholic. Some things we all just know and accept, but they still bear repeating. Parenting is hard and every mom thinks she has failed on some level or another. And every child grows into an adult who can tell you at least one story about how their mother failed them at some point.
I’m way in the back. I’m on my tip-toes, craning, stretching, peeking, doing everything I can to try to just get a glimpse of Jesus through the crowd. I am Zacchaeus.
[This is a post by a guest blogger, a friend to the ministry, Cassandra Laymon. We referenced this info in our series on Malachi.] For many folks in the church, the word stewardship is synonymous with tithing. Many believe that when they give their ten percent back to God then the remaining ninety is theirs […]
…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?
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)….