Have you ever experienced an intense low after a great high? We don't always know why this happens, but we do know God is with us through it all....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....
Obeying God in times of trial is hard. How do we respond when he doesn't deliver us from hard times?...Keep Reading
We are often told to follow our hearts, but is that really a good idea? What does the Bible tell us about following our hearts?...Keep Reading
Life can be full of twists and turns, and trusting God's plan can be a challenge. How do we follow Him when circumstances take us in a completely different direction than we ever expected?...Keep Reading
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 The symptoms of discontent, whether worldly or spiritual, manifest themselves in a wide variety of ways. As a sojourner in this world, we have an ever-present battle with discontent and its symptoms. To be able to stand firm as followers of Jesus we must recognize disco...Keep Reading
The person who wrote the nursery rhyme 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me' may have had good intentions, but as a life philosophy, I'm not sure it is helpful. After all, sticks can be sharp, and stones can be deadly. Ask Goliath. As Christians we are taught Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God,...Keep Reading
We often think our day-to-day struggles are simply earthly battles, but they are actually preparing us for spiritual warfare....Keep Reading
Christmas Past and Future Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lordand His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever." ...Keep Reading
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus... yet somehow he often gets lost in the middle of it. How do we treasure him as we enter the Christmas season?...Keep Reading
On November 8th my husband, Gary, and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. We felt this was quite a feat, and worthy of celebrating so we decided to take a short vacation. This past week we spent three days in hilly southern Ohio at Salt Fork's rustic lodge. We were surrounded by cozy fireplaces, beautiful fall scenery, surprise visits from white tailed deer, lo...Keep Reading