This week's featured post is called, The Sweet Taste of Mercy When You Have Done Wrong, by Carlie Lake of From Dust Towards the Heavens. In it, she shares a touching story of her kids, a story of grace and mercy that we can all learn from. The beautiful message of the Gospel shines through, loud and clear, in this encouraging post. I hope you'll be blessed by Carlie's writing as much as I was.Read More
Wandering through a bookshop, several months ago, the title of a book caught my eye, Writing to Change the World, by Mary Pipher. That’s a bold title, I thought. I felt compelled to buy it. Over the time I was reading the book I found myself doing something that felt a little crazy. When visitors came into my home, if that book (with its bold title) was sitting in plain view, I would quickly turn it over or hide it.
It felt audacious; to even read a book like that.Read More
Are you an overly helpful mom? Sometimes, I am. I like to make life as easy as possible for my kids. That's not always the best course of action to take. Kids need opportunities to figure things out for themselves. This parenting thing is hard. I still have a lot to learn. It's worth celebrating our small victories along the way.Read More
The first time I experienced a broken heart was because of a boy. His name was Alex. I was sixteen. He changed my life.
Alex was a two-year-old orphan boy that I’d bonded with over the time I’d been living and working in Săvârșin, Romania, at a summer camp tucked away in the hills of Transylvania.Read More
This week's feature for Grace and Truth is by Valerie, of Cord of 6. She wrote a post called Strategies to Help You Keep Your Child's Heart. In this post, Valerie reviews some of the key points from Melanie Redd's new book called, How To Win Your Child's Heart for Life. There's also a chance to win your own paperback copy of the book. I've read the book and I highly recommend it. Valerie has her own sweet story to share in this featured post, a story that illustrates the importance of keeping your child's heart. I encourage you to go check it out (and enter her drawing).Read More
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. -Mathew 25:35-40
The Bible verse above, from Mathew, is a practical “how-to” of hospitality. I see four basic human needs that are directly addressed in this passage: food, clothing, shelter, and companionship.Read More
We're going to have a new driver at my house pretty soon, so I could easily relate to this week's featured post for Grace and Truth. It has been a long time since I've even thought about the process of learning to drive. It has become intuitive. But it wasn't always this way. I had to do a lot of driving and there was a lot of repetition involved before I got to this point. This week's featured post is called, Sometimes You Have to Put Yourself on Autopilot, by Lois Flowers of Waxing Gibbous. This is a great post, with some interesting parallels that go beyond driving. It got me thinking about my spiritual life and obedience in a way I hadn't thought about before. It's definitely worth clicking over to read!Read More
Hospitality is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I love inviting people into my home. I enjoy menu planning and decorating. I love eating good food…and my husband is a great cook (we make a good team on that front).
When we provide hospitality, we’re providing for the practical needs of others and showing love.Read More
Spiritual armor. You can read about it in Ephesians 6:10-18. As
The Psalms were created for worship. They’re a collection of songs and poems that demonstrate a full range of honest emotions and show what a relationship with God looks like. Most, but not all, of the Psalms, were written by David. We can learn a lot about the attributes of God from these versesRead More