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- no matter when or where you’ve lived
- Why do we respond to beauty like we do?
- self-hate, or what God says about you
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- love with no parting
- suffering is never for nothing
- Hast thou no scar?
Author Archives: Jill
It’s been five years since I wrote and posted As if over coffee. These intervening years (like years so often do) have flown past. I remember that, as I sat and wrote that first-ever post, I yearned to meet with women (one-on-one, … Continue reading
I had to apologize to my son recently. We were on our way to church one Sunday, and he said, “I think I know all the Bible stories now.” “Really?” I said. “All of them?” “Just about,” he replied. “And I know … Continue reading
Exploring historic cities with their hundreds-year-old cobblestone streets and gazing on their old-world architecture stirs my heart. I could spend all day meandering around corners and discovering unexpected treasures. And I always find myself drawn to the beauty of antique … Continue reading
Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile; And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile, Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee, On to the close Lord, abide with me. (Abide with me, Henry Lyte, 1793-1847) __________________________________
I love teaching children at my church. I love their bubbly answers and their eager, serious faces. I love that when we talk about Jesus and His love for them, they — even the wiggliest ones — suddenly sit still … Continue reading
My bucket leaks. My bucket forgets. My bucket even quarrels and questions: “God, why don’t you make life easier? Why don’t you arrange my circumstances so that I don’t lose heart? Why can’t I just grow more like you without … Continue reading
“…I think the fundamental reason [people don’t take the Holy Spirit seriously] is that they don’t think of him as a person…But the Bible is very clear that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons … Continue reading
“In the military, nobody doubts what’s meant when the order is given, ‘Halt! About turn! Quick march!’ It means the soldiers are being told to turn their backs on the direction in which they are going and to start marching … Continue reading
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives … Continue reading
When we see beauty of all sorts: autumn leaves, spring flowers, summer fruit, we yearn for something which can hardly be put into words. We record beauty — in our minds or through paintings or by photographs — because beauty … Continue reading
“…Relationships are our life context. People are our environment. We live before the eyes of others, and they live before ours. We take our cues from them, and they from us. We evaluate, and we are evaluated. We size up, … Continue reading
Our children were 6, 5 and 3 the first time I read Don’t Waste Your Life. I’d gone along on a work trip with my husband, and for the first time in years, with our children at their aunt’s house and … Continue reading
Depression, or inability, or any sort of lack are not embarrassments to be hidden, but are means of grace and teaching, doors to a deeper faith, doors through which grace enters. “…the experiences of anxiety and depression make a lot … Continue reading
“If you mourn the fallenness of your world rather than curse its difficulties, you know that grace has visited you.” (Paul Tripp) Has a phrase ever helped you in an opposite sort of way from how the author originally meant … Continue reading