Today’s piece is courtesy of guest-blogger Jessica Brodie, one of a number of authors featured in Anchored and Secure: 60 Days of Resting in Grace, a new devotional from Wholly Loved Ministries. What Does the Bible Say About Grace: A Reflection on Extravagant Love and a Preteen Friendship I got a good lesson in what the Bible says about grace recently courtesy of a tumultuous relationship my preteen daughter, Avery, has with a friend Continue Reading
Do you trust God? How others--do you trust them? Sometimes it's difficult, isn't it? But as people of faith, we can trust God...and trust.
Why is being obedient so difficult at times--have you ever wondered? We know what we should do, right? Within us churns a desire to grow in faith. But there's also a crazy inner tug that causes us to vacillate between God's will and our own. What to do? It often boils down to "God's way" or "my way. " And we find ourselves in a wrestle with temptation. It doesn't matter if we're young or old, seasoned or not so much. Being obedient can be Continue Reading
My finger pressed against the end of the hose. The water spray arched toward the sky. It reached and reached until it could reach no more, it glistens falling to the ground. All strength was spent. But, the plants were watered. Standing there, watering like my daily habit did, I suddenly realized... I'm watering a dead tree. What on earth am I doing?!? Working with some sort of watering autopilot, I watered away. I did it out of habit. The Continue Reading
Never did I consider it. The writing lessons were supposed to be an aid for ministry, not for writing obituaries. Tears welled. Oh God, I don't want these skills for this. They're not supposed to be for writing an obituary. Lord, help me.... I took a deep breath, an effort to calm a tightened and on-the-verge-of-heaving chest. Something in me wanted to bury the skills, close the book on their usage. But on this day, the morning after his Continue Reading
Do you know how to respond with calm when situations swirl? Here's my story and tips that might help all of us. Remaining Calm I heard the noise. What was supposed to be a mower attacking blades of grass had a distinctly different sound. Ker-chunk! Shortly after, the door opened and in walked our youngest son, Caleb. New to mowing, he was sprouting his summertime, blade-cutting wings. "Ummm, Mom?" he sheepishly asked. "Yes?" I Continue Reading