Once upon a time, two maple trees stood guard over our front yard.They lived and served together for close to 20 years. Each spring new branches reached heavenward and sprouted a thick mass of green leaves. Each autumn the green would bloom into golden orange waves of foliage until the last frosty wind blew each leaf to the ground. To the average onlooker, these trees appe...Keep Reading
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Spring has sprung, and it is time to start cleaning up our gardens! Exciting, but maybe a little overwhelming, too. But as we clean the messes in our yards, do we think about the mess we made in the Garden of Eden so many years ago? Does it remind us of God's redemptive work as He seeks to restore His creation?...
Although voices around us might say that marriage is about our own personal happiness, God's Word says it is about much more: it is a picture of Christ and the Church. With that in mind, how do we handle the conflicts, the highs and lows, the changing nature of a marriage?...
How often do we make choices that seem good and fulfilling on the outside, but actually leave us empty? By looking at the stories of Ruth and the Israelites in Malachi's time, we see how God provides for His people--and how He draws them back when poor choices are made....
When my husband surprised me with a puppy, I had no idea my new companion would stick to me like velcro! What can we learn about abiding in Jesus from my sweet pup?...Keep Reading
When we read that God "commands" us to be strong and courageous, we can often feel intimidated. Does that mean I have failed if I feel afraid? Let's take a closer look at this imperative....Keep Reading
Long before Jesus called himself the good shepherd, David told us what to look for in our Heavenly Shepherd. The now familiar Psalm 23 helps us to understand just what Jesus meant by that phrase and why it is important for us even today....Keep Reading
I spent years trying to be the best baseball mom possible, running to practices, buying the favorite Gatorade flavors, and cheering him on to victory! Imagine my surprise when he asked me to stop yelling at his games. ...Keep Reading
We can sometimes get overwhelmed by decisions in life. Jesus has made one choice very easy for us, though. He is THE door, THE way to God....Keep Reading
Are you hiding from the sins or hardships in your life, afraid to bring them into the light? Let Christ's power reveal the truth: he has already defeated the monsters that loom in the dark!...Keep Reading
On a dark night, my husband and I found ourselves stranded in the middle of nowhere in Barbados. Two local men offered to lead us back to our place, giving us one piece of advice: follow their lights. Throughout history, God has encouraged us to do the same, to follow HIS light in this dark world. ...Keep Reading
The aroma of freshly-baked bread is one of the most irresistible smells in the world. But every baker knows the frustration of a ruined loaf! How do we find bread that truly satisfies in a world full of disappointment and discouragement?...Keep Reading
Most days you are ready to tackle whatever life throws at you, but some days are just too much. What do you do when you are overwhelmed, down, and even a little hopeless? Here are 8 tips for getting through tough days....Keep Reading