Tears streaming and smashed finger waving my middle daughter approached me. Bending low and listening in on her muffled cries I concluded that her younger sister had slammed the pantry door and caused her this great pain. One of my children is always causing another pain. This is then followed by a cry for help… Continue reading Where is Justice for the Oppressed?
You have thirty days to vacate. In the past year and a half, my husband and I had moved one thousand miles away from the only place and people we had ever known. He'd started and left a job under difficult circumstances. And we had navigated the beginnings of marriage, pregnancy, and life with a newborn. Now we were being evicted from our home.
Mother's day is nearing and with it the prompting to find time to reflect on what the past year of motherhood held for each of us. What are we doing well? What have we learned? What do we need to release? Why does motherhood matter? Upon pondering these questions, it may be tempting to dwell… Continue reading 6 Biblical Truths for Mamas to Remember this Mother’s Day
I only wanted to get a few things done in the garden before the kids started in on each other. I thought I would be witty and put them to work with me, but their attention span at two and three proved them ill-equipped for the monotonous task of weeding. I gathered materials for them to do a small activity and returned to plucking green patches of grass. The final squabble between my two toddlers sent me over the edge. After angrily gathering everything up and barking a lot of things at them I would regret later I sent them off to an early nap. Then the guilt settled in.....
Is this Abundant Life? Small plants in the garden peer at me through the window pleading for the stray weeds to be plucked so they might grow to their full potential. Interestingly enough the window is placed directly over the sink where the dishes of three little people and two bigger people linger endlessly begging… Continue reading Where is Joy in the Daily Grind?
Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 50. Meditate on Genesis 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Joseph knew God personally. Upon the return of the brothers from burying their father in Canaan they send a message to their… Continue reading Genesis 50 But God…
Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 49. Meditate on Genesis 49:33 "When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people." Before Jacob's last breath he had one last task to accomplish. Jacob went through each son name by… Continue reading Genesis 49 What to Expect
Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 48. Meditate on Genesis 48:11 "Israel said to Joseph, 'I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.'" God gave a promise to Jacob. The end of his life is a beautiful parallel to what God had planned for us through… Continue reading Genesis 48 Unexpected Blessings
Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 47. Meditate on Genesis 47:27 "Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number." Joseph was the second in command in all of the land yet he still took his brothers before Pharoah. They told… Continue reading Genesis 47 Greatly Represented
Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 46. Memorize Genesis 46:4 "I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes." God spoke to Jacob through a vision calling him by name. He reminded Jacob to not be afraid, assured him that… Continue reading Genesis 46 This Wasn’t the Plan?