13 Nov 2017

Seasons of Change

Fall is a season of change. Every year, the tree in our front yard turns fiery orange. It’s the most brilliant display on the street but, unfortunately, it lasts only a day or two. We marvel at it one day only to look out our window the next day and find it bare. So quickly [...]

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14 Oct 2017

Preeminence

What is most important to you?
Most of the time we aren’t honest with ourselves as we answer this question. We want Christ to be in first place in our hearts, but is He? After all, He is preeminent in all things. Paul proclaims the truth of Christ’s supreme position in Colossians 1:17-18: “And he is [...]

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16 Sep 2017

Mole Holes

In the car driving home from church, I asked each of my girls what they had learned. My ten-year-old is always well-thought-out with her answers. “In my class, we talked about what it means to be a light in the darkness. Jesus is the light inside of us and we shine that light to a [...]

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14 Aug 2017

Lessons with The Maestro

I have a really old dog. Maestro is my first born and my only son! He’s 14 and 1/2 years old, and in his senectitude, he’s decided he doesn’t need to please us anymore. Many times he knows what we’re asking of him as he makes eye contact with us, but still chooses to walk [...]

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25 Jul 2017

This Normal World

My seven-year-old asked me recently, “If you’re in Heaven, can you fall off and go into the normal world again?” I had a good chuckle and then explained to her the difference between the spiritual and material realms.
Having lost people dear to me, sometimes I wish they could fall into my “normal world” again [...]

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22 Jun 2017

All for Jesus

If we could give all of ourselves to Christ and hold nothing back from Him, what would that truly look like? Oh, to be entirely yielded to the Savior . . .
Mary D. James puts it best in these lyrics:
All for Jesus, all for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed powers:
All my thoughts and words and [...]

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18 May 2017

In God I Trust

When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4
Scripture says it all. We try to add to it with our emotions, but the Spirit [...]

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30 Apr 2017

When We Don’t Have Our Own Words . . .

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no [...]

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28 Mar 2017

My Heart Ever Faithful

The song “My Heart Ever Faithful” from J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 68 has been special to me for many years. In college, I sang it at a joint senior recital with Patrick the same night we announced our engagement. These lyrics represented a beautiful promise set in motion as we began our lives together.
My [...]

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20 Feb 2017

Exaltation

My life is most secure when I am centered on my Lord and resting in His exaltation. Everything about the Christian’s life falls into place when we are trusting in Him and His sovereign rule as King over our lives. Even when we are persecuted, suffering, or hurting, because of His steadfast love and faithfulness—and [...]

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