How to Answer Our Kids’ Questions About God’s Law

They escaped slavery and ten of the most horrific plagues experienced by men. God carved a path in the middle of a sea for his people then turned it to a burial site for their pursuers. For forty years, they wandered in circles while He continually provided sustenance. With God’s help, they had fought battles

3 Misconceptions We Have About Gifts

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all

I Serve A Dangerous God

In the freshness of new love, I bounded in from a date and exclaimed to my mother, “He is so wonderful! I just feel so….safe….with him.” My sweet mama just smiled, and said, “I think that’s a good sign.” Eighteen years later, I still feel so protected with my head nestled close to his chest

How to Get the Validation We Need Most

His name is Adam. I see him sitting across from me in the kindergarten reading group as we all clutch our little paper readers. He stands and dips his head close to the words and begins. Painstakingly. Slow and stammering. Some kids fidget. I ache for him. The teacher makes corrections as needed, but mostly,

When You Are Overwhelmed After Christmas

It is the morning after Christmas. Newly opened presents, hastily dropped on the furniture and more in boxes on the floor, overwhelm our small living room. And me. I send my husband off to work in the early darkness, pour a cup of coffee and escape to the relative neatness of my room, postponing the

When You’re Looking for the Light of Christmas in the Dark

Before time ticked out the days, before space gave those days a place to play themselves out, and before matter existed to give them substance, there was God. The God, Whose words sparked against the darkness and lit the eternal flame we call Light. The Light was good, and it illuminated the beautiful world God

How to Draw Near and Adore at Christmas

“O come let us Adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” It’s the anthem of the season. Those whose eyelids droop under another minor rendition of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” rouse when the strains of this song begin. It brings Christmas from far away

How to Invite the Savior Into the Season

‘Tis the season. The hustle of the marketplace. The long hours of traveling. The lights, the sounds, the frantic purchasing and jostling in long lines of people. Busy crowds of people with an agenda. Such was the scene Mary and Joseph happened upon as they entered Bethlehem. She swollen with child. He weary from a

Adorning Your Home and Heart for Christmas

Decorating our homes for Christmas is a fun way to celebrate the season, but what does it really mean? I like to think of it as a bride adorning herself for her husband. According to Ann Voskamp, the Advent season is all about the waiting for His coming. Just as His followers  waited the first

Cherishing My World

  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son…” So familiar. Such a beloved verse. But I question, do I love enough to give? Cherishing life broadens from those people and things closest to me. But sometimes, I’m narrow-minded and think only of those things I naturally cherish and love. The