Infinitely so

Yesterday on my walk I listened to a sermon by David Platt, "The Battle Between Our Ears." In this sermon from Philippians 4, David asserted that the fight for joy, gentleness, and peace occurs in our minds. We are to think on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable. As we who are believers, … Continue reading Infinitely so

This gift of homesickness

"I'm just so tired of being new," I confessed to my husband yesterday. We had walked out of the church we visited, not quite knowing what to do with ourselves. Do we stand around awkwardly, waiting (hoping) for someone to speak to us? Do we walk on out to our car, avoiding looking awkward but … Continue reading This gift of homesickness

This is the will of God

During one Wednesday night prayer meeting, the pastor asked for volunteers to share their favorite verse. One woman immediately recited 1 Thess. 5:16-18, "Rejoice always,¬†pray without ceasing,¬†give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." I was so impressed, both with the fact that she could immediately … Continue reading This is the will of God

Studying the Bible

Many, many (many!) years ago, a large Christian publisher advertised for open submissions of Bible studies for women. I was already doing a little bit of teaching at the time so I dusted off a few of my lessons, attempted to transform them into the sort of Bible studies I knew this organization had published, … Continue reading Studying the Bible

Resolved, again

While New Year's is my favorite holiday, I don't do resolutions. It is certainly right and good to have goals and plans, all with the intention of improving oneself, I just don't want the pressure nor the guilt. I know I will fail so I just avoid it up front. Years and years ago, I'm … Continue reading Resolved, again

Come alongside

This summer I am working through a Bible study guide on Hebrews in preparation for the study I will teach this fall. I love the book of the Hebrews, its consistent encouragement to look to Jesus, the better sacrifice, the better high priest, the better King and Savior. Studying Hebrews has taught me to love … Continue reading Come alongside