This is Us: Why?

[As our kids were growing up, our concern for them was not as much about what they were thinking or doing, but why they were thinking or doing it. I try to maintain an ongoing self-eval using the same question: Why? Proverbs 16:2, 1 Cor 4:3-5] Why in the world would I watch and promote watching […]

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A Pledge of Allegiance: One Christian, Under God

Younger generations are suspicious of biblical ethics. Older generations, of biblical justice. Jesus says you must have both if you are going to follow Him. Word AND deed. Grace AND Truth. Love AND Law. Ethics AND Justice. ‘You must repent” AND “Remember the poor.” The slippery slope is an equal opportunity hazard. Some slip away […]

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Verbiage: Pursuing the Art of Making Less Mean More

“Academic texts are often characterized by verbiage—the use of more words than are needed to express an idea. Verbiage does nothing but hide the real message of the text under a load of needless words, frustrate and dispirit the reader, and weaken the credibility of the author.” Too many words. Most of my readers – […]

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This Time I will Praise the LORD

My post is a little different today. Instead of my own thoughts, I’m sharing a story of a sweet friend and young mom. Our girls met and lived with her in Africa. Keely became like a sister to them. Her (along with her now hubby and 2-yr old son) journey over the last 6 months […]

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Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Scandalous: causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. Reckless: rash; showing no regard for consequences. I am fairly certain that I was born a skeptic. But when I was re-born, Jesus began the process of transforming me through the study of His word and the power of the Spirit (Romans […]

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Overflow: Because He has Blessed Us

Because the Lord our God has blessed us. Deuteronomy 12:7 I have always delighted in a weekend get-away that includes road trips, eating out, laughing with friends, singing with a bunch of saints, and bible study. I’ve been graced with many opportunities to engage in and enjoy wonderful times like this. I usually return home […]

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I’ve Always Loved You the Best

One of the best compliments a parent can receive is when all of their children think they are “the favorite.” When we raised our kids, it was definitely no easy task to send that signal to each of them. In fact, I’m pretty sure we didn’t always do it well. And let’s face it, most […]

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His Mercy is More and Ours Should be Too

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2 I have been the one! The one who interrupted the scene with judgmental thoughts. When I have encountered […]

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My Hope: An Answer, not an Argument

My heart is leaning on the Word, the written Word of God. Salvation by my Savior’s name, salvation through His blood. I need no other argument, I need no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me. My faith looks up … and in … and beyond. Faith provides […]

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THE One Thing: Gaze on the Lord

While I was conversing with friends recently, I mentioned to them some of the thoughts that had been rolling around in my head/heart. One of them laughed at the intensity and layers of the subject, and then acknowledged that it gave her something to ponder since most days she merely had marbles rolling around inside […]

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