This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Christin, who writes at Garments of Splendor. It's titled. 12 Unshakeable Scriptures to Stand On (with free printable). These are such encouraging scriptures and I love the cute printable that she made. I know God's truths are unshakeable but sometimes I don't act like I know it. I appreciated the reminder. I hope you'll take a moment to go say hello to Christin and be encouraged as I was.Read More
Making much of Jesus over Christmas isn’t only about commemorating our Lord’s birth. Making much of Jesus is about following his example and living in a way that brings glory to God. As Christians, this what we are called to year-round, but the holidays are a special time of year, where people are often particularly sensitive to the things of God. @@We can use the holidays as an opportunity to be a light in the world for Jesus@@ and we can lead our kids, through our example, in what this looks like.Read More
This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Leslie, who writes at Scraping Raisins. It's called, This Was Not the Plan. Leslie, thank you for being brave and sharing this precious story about you and your newborn son's time in the N.I.C.U. God is present with us, always, even when things don't go according to plan. I, too, experienced something very similar when my son was born. It was hard, but God met me in that painful place, just as he met Leslie in hers.
Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week, Leslie. I imagine that these words can be of great comfort to others who facing difficulties right now and I encourage all of you to go and read, This Was Not the Plan.
This week's featured post for the Grace and Truth link up is by Ruth, who writes at Planted By Living Water. It's called, Tsunami! Sound the Alarm! The imagery is powerful. The loving thing to do when we see impending danger coming towards someone is to warn them! The urgency is real, like a Tsunami, and those of us who have already found salvation through Christ, need to remember that there are real lives in eternal danger and we can do something about it. We can warn them. Ruth's practical suggestions on how to break through the walls that we put up, the ones that stop us from warning others, are great. I hope you'll go read this wonderful post and be encouraged and challenged as I was.Read More
We had been trying to teach our four-year-old the importance of telling the truth.
Jokingly, Derek told Trent that his nose would grow long, like Pinocchio's, if he told lies.
If only we had known then, what problems this would cause. Poor Trent. He really believed Derek- and no matter what else we said, he was still scared of his nose growing long. He also started checking out everyone else's noses. It wasn’t a healthy fear.Read More
Debbie Wilson of Refreshing Faith wrote this week's featured post for Grace and Truth. It's called, A Sure Way to Success. This post was such an encouragement to me. Focusing on who God is helps me overcome feelings of inadequacy. Meditating on God's attributes and reading the Word is one way I do this. Debbie shares some wise words about success in this featured post that she shared last week here at Grace and Truth.
Thank you for sharing, Debbie. And now it's time for the link-up!Read More
When I was a little girl, there used to be a little plastic box (that looked like a loaf of bread) sitting on my kitchen table. It was full of cards that I would pull out and read while I was eating breakfast. Each card had a different Proverb on it. Those were some of the first scriptures I remember reading on my own. I have always loved the Proverbs. They're straightforward, practical, and all about wisdom.
I was thinking about that box of cards the other day when I got the idea to make something for you, dear readers, a free printable booklet with Proverbs. I've combined my love of designing graphics with my love of scripture in a way that I hope will be useful to you.Read More
This week's featured post for Grace and Truth is by Lauren Gaskill. It's called, She Believes and Everything Changes. I was so encouraged by her post. Believing God really is about letting go and taking a step of faith- one step at a time. I love how Lauren used a personal story from her years on her high school swim team to show how believing always proceeds achievement. If you have a moment, definitely, go and read Lauren's words. I think you'll be blessed, as I was.Read More
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3
Joy is not usually the first word that comes to mind when I’m frustrated and overwhelmed. I’m still a work in progress. Self-pity is too often something I struggle with. But I want more joy in my life. I read the words of Jesus’ brother, James, to “count it all joy” even in trials, and I know that these hard words were inspired by God. They’re true and they’re helpful. The testing of my faith does produce steadfastness. I’ve experienced it and I’ve seen it experienced in other people’s lives. By the grace of God, I trust, that as I grow and mature in Christ, someday it will become ever more of a part of who I am. I want to be the kind of person who counts it all joy, even the trials. I pray the same for you.Read More