Hello friends, *Note: I wrote this post a few weeks ago, before the recent tragedies hit. Now that we are grieving in so many ways, it seems even more appropriate to run to the Psalms of Lament for comfort and hope. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had experience with depression, mostly in several people I
Hi Friends, “Every so often, one needs to be Ephesian-ed.” I heard this from a speaker at a biblical conference I recently attended. I admit a mild gasp escaped my lips. Just the week before, I’d decided to study Ephesians this summer. Already delighting in the prospect of reaping this Pauline epistle’s rich blessings, the idea
Hello friends, I’ve found that when helping my kids memorize Scripture (and anything, really!), it helps A TON when I break down the verse into its grammatical structure. Plus I get the bonus of doing a little grammar. Fun! (Says the grammar nut. Don’t worry. I think you’ll like it–even if you’re not a grammar nut.)
Hello friends, In a previous post, I shared three verses that helped me cope through heartaches I was dealing with. Better than any other coping skill, Scripture gives strength and life. Here are two more. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)
Hello friends, I’ve been learning about coping skills lately–things you can do to remain calm or at least “get through” when stressed. Rhythmic breathing, music, comedy, exercise, reading, drawing… All these truly work, but nothing calms my anxious heart like the Words of my heavenly Father. Simply reading helps, and also healing is when I use
Happy Mother’s Day, dear friends, I hope each of you moms is encouraged and blessed. I hope you find peace and joy in the calling of mothering, and that this day finds you filled with motherly satisfaction. I truly do! I admit, I’m not totally “there” today. Sometimes I feel like a failure as a mother.
Mother’s Day is only a few days away. Have you planned something for your mom or wife? In order to help families figure out how to utilize the opportunity Mother’s Day gives to really bless your poor, tired mama, I took a very unscientific pole, asking moms what makes them feel the most loved. (Moms,
Hello friends, Recently, as I studied for my Bible class, I returned to a way of reflecting on the passage I hadn’t used for a while. I broke the words/phrases into small parts and simply wrote my reflections on each section. This isn’t my deep studying, where I look into the original languages and open
Oh, last night was rough. I live in a home with some who suffer from clinical depression. At times, the pain and chaotic turmoil that eddies through our home like a seething dark cloud wears on me. Threatens to pull me into it. Yet, I fight to cling to Christ’s hand. I force myself into the
Hello, friends, Last week we talked about the Prison of Judging Others. Ugh, how ugly judgmentalism is. How much it hurts. I shared about a time when I was harshly and unfairly judged. This week I share three guidelines I’ve gleaned about admonishing in a way your words will not only be received, but bring healing.