Last week I wrote about how funerals always make me wonder what people will say about me when I have left this world and gone home to be with our Lord. I resolved that more than anything, I want people to remember that I loved Jesus and that I loved them. Anything else is a bonus, but those are the things that are most important. Continue reading “Another Bite”
I’ve been to a few memorial services in this past year, the last two were for two older gentlemen I would consider “framily” (friends that feel like family). There were beautiful celebrations to mark their lives here on earth. In both cases their sons spoke about them. Spoke real words and told true stories. Some of them sweet, some of them funny, and some a little sad. Continue reading “Faith: One Bite at a Time”
I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks. We’ve been traveling for the girls’ sports, and my youngest battled a horrible flu for several days and was clingy/needy which made it difficult to write. But those are excuses and if I’m honest I’ve been in a bit of a funk. It happens every winter. I think if I saw a doctor or a therapist they would say that I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I’ve had the same symptoms every winter for years. In the past several years it’s gotten worse. Almost ruining your entire marriage a week before Christmas does that. And while the memories fade, they don’t go away. And so every year I struggle from mid December until mid March. I should have known that this year it might not be different. And by starting a new blog it might even be more difficult. Continue reading “Amplify Again”
You’ve most likely heard “love is patient, love is kind.” But do you know what comes next? The next line in that verse says, “Love does not envy.” The Message Bible translates it this way: “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.” And The Passion Translation says “It refuses to be jealous when blessings come to someone else.” Continue reading “Love Isn’t a Green Eyed Monster”
One of the top twenty-five most quoted Bible verses, 1 Corinthians 13 begins with “Love is patient, love is kind.” The Message Bible translates the second part as, “Love cares more for others than for self.” It is kind. It cares for others. And cares for self. Continue reading “It’s Okay to Love You”
A lot of people recognize 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind…” because it is included in many marriage vows and sermons about love and marriage. But I just recently read the translation of the same verse in The Message.
“Love never gives up, love cares more for others than for self” Continue reading “When Patience Means Perseverance”
Amplify rest. It sounds counterintuitive. How can I crank up the volume on rest? It doesn’t really make sense, but I’ve just felt the Lord quietly encouraging me to rest. And this morning as I looked at the word “amplify” written on my arm in Sharpie, it became clear that I need to amplify rest. Enlarge rest. Magnify rest. Deepen rest. Continue reading “Amplify Rest”
I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a tendency to seek perfection. If you’ve ever been to my house when all my kids are home, and seen the chaos, you may disagree. But in my innermost being I often feel myself striving to be perfect. Or at the very least look like my life is perfect. But it isn’t. Far from it. I mean it is good. Really good. Better than it should be based on all the mistakes I’ve made in my life, and the places I’ve let sin in. Still it is good. Good because He is making it good. Continue reading “Purpose over Perfection”
I started 2018 by choosing the word “begin” as my word of the year. For weeks I wrote it in Sharpie on the inside of my wrist. But I didn’t actually know where to begin or what to do, and the idea of beginning started to fizzle. In the summer I chose a new word “chosen” to remind myself that God chose me. Right from the beginning. And that He had plans for me. Continue reading “Word of the Year”
JOY. Jesus. Others. Yourself.
This week we get to light the third candle. The pink candle. The JOY candle. I love the joy candle.
Jesus. Reading Luke 2:8-20, we are reminded that when the shepherds heard of Jesus’ birth, they ran to the stable. They ran hard toward Jesus. Toward their Savior. The One who had come to save them. And I want to remember to run hard toward Jesus today and every day. Not take a gingerly stroll, never in the opposite direction, but actually run hard toward Him. Continue reading “of Comfort and Joy”