Category Archives: Christianity

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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Are you under a cloud?

My childhood home sat atop a steep hill, and as the sun broke through clouds after a summer’s sweeping thunderstorm, we’d rush outside and gather with neighborhood friends to splash through puddles and play and laugh. Sometimes, to our added … Continue reading

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the way down is the way up

“…true humility in our church relationships will show itself in our being willing to undertake the very lowest offices for Christ…Genuine humility makes a man think it a great honor to be a doorkeeper in the house of God, or … Continue reading

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Look for the great surprises!

“Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen. I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today. We come … Continue reading

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no color in this world

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” (John Calvin, 1509-1564) Lush, green blades of grass. Blaze-orange and apple-red autumn leaves. Colors. All colors. Given for … Continue reading

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broken, or made strong, as it pleases Him

“I beseech Christ for this one thing only, that He will enable me to endure all things courageously, and that He break me as a potter’s vessel or make me strong, as it pleases Him.” (Huldrych Zwingli, 1484-1531) Able to … Continue reading

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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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