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!

when cancer comes again

When cancer came again I sensed a need for stillness. Stillness before my racing, jumbled thoughts. Stillness before I spoke or wrote too much. Stillness before God. Last time, our son had cancer. This time, my husband. The shock, the … Continue reading

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a septillion stars

God put us on this little planet with the night’s sparkling array spread above us. Rotating around the star we know as the sun, within the galaxy we call the Milky Way, He created our solar system within myriads upon myriads … Continue reading

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Why does change in my child (for good) happen so slowly?

Lots of days I’ve felt lost as a parent. You’ve probably felt the same. Even on days when we feel confident that the guidance we’ve given our child is the kind that leads to healthy heart-change, we can still toss … Continue reading

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He changes times and seasons

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; … Continue reading

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she stands in a corner

In the corner, she stands. Back to me, head  down, she refuses to listen; she refuses assurance. Her face pressed against the wall, she’s sure I don’t care. Or that I do, but that the caring doesn’t suit her needs. … Continue reading

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When right, but treated like you’re wrong

Devalued. Wronged. Sure you’re right but made to endure treatment as if you’re not. Trampled over, presumed upon. Penalized or bullied. When have you, in a large and life-changingly painful way (or in a smaller, yet still hurtful way), been … Continue reading

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the deeper mystery

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. A sign announced the charge against him. … Continue reading

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teaching children grace, not morals

Have you ever wondered how to explain a section of scripture to a child? Maybe the verses are full of the amazing details of God’s might or mercy in a person’s life, but you’re left wondering what He’d want you … Continue reading

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across the world, spread by ordinary people

“King Jesus was born in Bethlehem while His people suffered under the hands of occupiers…Bethlehem in Hebrew means “house of bread,” providing a fitting place for the Bread from heaven to become incarnate (John 7:22-59)… Bethlehem was tiny and seemingly … Continue reading

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stumbling through life blindfolded

You don’t have to stumble along in darkness. You really don’t. God, by His word, gives light: He wants to guide your steps. His teaching, enabled by His Spirit, is understandable to us even when we’re at our simplest. He means … Continue reading

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stand close

“Once more heed the exhortation — stand close to the cross of Jesus! It is the most accessible and precious spot this side of heaven — the most solemn and awesome on this side of eternity. It is the focus … Continue reading

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so we may sing

“Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.” Psalm 90:14 ______________________________________

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the “intolerable compliment”

“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against … Continue reading

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they lose their grip on your soul only when

“How sweet did it suddenly seem to me to shrug off those sweet frivolities, and how glad I now was to get rid of them – I who had been loath to let them go! For it was you who … Continue reading

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Savior, like a shepherd lead us

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou … Continue reading

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