Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!

conceit gradually peeling off

“When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and I wouldn’t go to the churches and Gospel Halls . . … Continue reading

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I’m going to stand by the play world

“One of my favorite passages in all of literature is Puddleglum’s response to the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair. The Lady (an evil sorceress) has several characters trapped underground, and with the help of a little … Continue reading

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from distrust and envy free

Quiet, Lord, my froward heart,* Make me teachable and mild, Upright, simple, free from art, Make me as a weanèd child: From distrust and envy free, Pleased with all that pleases Thee. What Thou shalt today provide, Let me as … Continue reading

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set your life toward the greater

Beloved child of mine, Don’t settle for the trajectory of the small. Set your life toward the greater. The small calls with voracious strength, but you were created for so much more! Your mind, your strength, your life experiences — each … Continue reading

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the more staggering it gets

“It is here, the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. ‘The Word was made flesh’ (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the … Continue reading

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Do not think you are hearing small things

Do not think you are hearing of small things when you hear of this birth, but rouse up your mind, and tremble when you are told that God has come upon earth. For so marvelous was this, and beyond expectation, … Continue reading

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God is born so that

Rejoice that the immortal God is born so that mortal man may live in eternity. (John Huss, 1369-1415) ___________________________ “When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing … Continue reading

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the Ancient of Days is born

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to … Continue reading

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You are to name him Jesus

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) “The name Jesus means “Savior.” It is given to our Lord because “He saves His … Continue reading

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teaching children generosity at Christmas

We were slow. It took us until about Day 5 before we fully realized what was happening. Then, we started trying to catch them in the act. Twelve full days passed and we never once caught any of them. They … Continue reading

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when my arrogance is worse

When I feel my heart harden, with huffish thoughts toward someone swirling round and round, I desperately need God’s Spirit to bring me up short. When I’m caring more for my own agenda, irritated at what I perceive as arrogance … Continue reading

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show them a light so lovely

“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, or by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all … Continue reading

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a thankful heart is a happy heart

“Not all the bounties of Providence can make us happy if we have a thankless, ungrateful heart. You may have all that the world can give you, and yet be wretched; or you may be very, very poor, and yet … Continue reading

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ceasing to be great in our own eyes

“I will magnify God with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30) “What does an all-sufficient God, who owns and controls all things, demand from the creature he has made? That we cease to be great in our own eyes and become small that … Continue reading

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divine love would have put you there

  “Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little; you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit … Continue reading

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