Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work 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!

on shaky-foundation days

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply; the flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine. The soul that on Jesus has leaned … Continue reading

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tripped up in a world where consumerism is a god

Christian, what is the overarching goal of your life? And, in relation to your goal, what seeps in from the culture around you, confusing you, often in ways you’re unaware of? If you live in a culture consumed by consuming, … Continue reading

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set your mind on things above

Today, set your mind on things above. Not that you don’t set your mind on things here. But that, while you move from here to there as your commitments require, doing this or that, you move through your day as a … Continue reading

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pointers, both

Sunrise, after a night’s deep darkness. Sunset, after a day’s scorching heat. Sunrise and sunset: relief bringers, both. Heralds of mercy, both. Pointers, both. Given to remind us that darkness lasts not forever. That sorrow lingers only a while. That joy, … Continue reading

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once every day I shall simply

This damp spring morning, the clover glistened. I found myself captivated. Thousands of tiny specs, dazzling, lay before my eyes. Green at its spring loveliest, crowned with glistening drops of misty moisture. Droplets suspended, balancing on each smooth leaf like rare … Continue reading

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humbling yourself before life’s confusing mysteries

I have a friend who carries extreme sorrow. She lives across the Atlantic, but last week I got to spend precious time with her. Now, this week, I can’t stop thinking about her. When I think of all she’s endured, … Continue reading

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Jesus, remember me

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (the thief on the cross, and me, and you) _____________________________

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the Man that there was put to shame for me

In Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian, now “merry and glad of heart” sings with joy after his burden has fallen from his back. Laden with his sin and grief, he’s come to the cross. He’s realized that here, at the place where … Continue reading

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utterly separated

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held … Continue reading

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Is life a comedy or a tragedy?

Jesus’ died willingly, purposefully, and the Father raised Him wondrously. Encouragement, no matter our current circumstances, flows from those first Easter’s truths. Because of God’s startling plan that first Easter, we can experience a radically altered  understanding of our own … Continue reading

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when you really want to change

“The gospel, if it is really believed, removes neediness – the need to be constantly respected, appreciated, and well regarded; the need to have everything in your life go well; the need to have power over others. All of these … Continue reading

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The Lord is my shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though … Continue reading

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God’s goodness comes in floods

“With the Lord the calf is always the fatted calf; the robe is always the best robe; the joy is unspeakable, and the peace passes understanding. There is no grudging in God’s goodness. He does not measure His goodness by … Continue reading

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Copper and his sock habit

Copper’s growing up. His bark has lowered an octave and his legs are lengthening. His exuberance and assorted eccentricities also multiply daily. Copper’s just plain funny. He runs like a speeding rocket right before bedtime – around and around and … Continue reading

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very valuable people or accidental by-products?

I have a friend named Jean. She’s 84, and she’s delightful. Yesterday, we were leaving a women’s retreat, and with happy exuberance, she told me, “There were 100 women here this weekend, and when I arrived I already knew 70 … Continue reading

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