What We Deserve

Daniel 6:22a NASB “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me…” Dr. Bill Thrasher, a professor at Moody Theological Seminary, often explained how because of our sin, we deserve death. Therefore, anything less than death is by the grace of God. Thinking this way really puts things in perspective….

Susanna Wesley: Servant of God

Susanna Wesley: Servant of God by Sandy Dengler I read this book in its entirety within the last few days. It’s a delightful read that will certainly challenge and encourage your faith. I believe if I had a better understanding of the Church of England in the 17th and 18th centuries, I would better understand…

Thoughtfulness

Do you know someone who’s thoughtful of others? One time, a 10-year-old girl was at a ski resort with her family. This 10-year-old girl put an extra $5 in her pocket, and her brother asked why. She said she had heard that if you didn’t have a lift ticket, $5 would at least let you…

Life and Death Situations

A certified midwife told a story about a home birth that could have been a deadly situation. Thankfully, she knew what to do. Her team had called an ambulance. Yet she told the ambulance crew they needed to stop messing around with checking the mom’s blood pressure and get her to the hospital to get…

How Many Facebook Friends Should I Have?

This is a question I have asked multiple times since being a part of the social media giant since it’s conception. Multiple times in the day I think about posting something on Facebook, but rarely actually post anything. I post less and less as time goes by. But why? Ultimately, I just wonder if everyone…

Survival Prayers

Sometimes we go through what we call “survival” times in our lives. Whether you just had a new addition to your family, lost a loved one, or happen to be in another difficult season of your life, it’s easy to find ourselves simply praying for survival. “Lord, help me eat. Lord, help me sleep.” Or…

Mulch for Growth

We recently mulched most of our trees in our yard in order to make it easier to mow around them. Not only that, but it looks nice, is good for the trees, and we’re able to put pretty plants at the bottoms of the trees in the mulch beds. It reminded me of a prayer…

Every Tongue

I suddenly have such great respect for anyone who knows or has learned another language. I have recently been trying to learn another language and it’s tough! In my learning, I have tried to immerse myself in that other language as much as possible. That means I am looking for songs in that language, a…

God Owns it All

Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” Our church recently did a series on how God owns everything. While that sermon series was mainly financial, I have been thinking about the concept in more broad terms too. Think about the concept of God owning not only all…

Poison Ivy, My Close Friend

It happened a few days after he had trimmed a bunch of bushes by our road. He broke out in one spot on his arm. Before we knew it, he’d broken out on the other arm, then on both legs. He had boils so bad that he had to call off work because he couldn’t…

Worth the Risk?

  Mother Theresa is said to have been one of the first to touch lepers. She saw them as worth the risk. Mother Theresa also is said to have gone through shipments of shoes donated for the orphans. She would take the worst pair of shoes donated for herself and give the rest to the…

Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Can you really say anything bad about The Chronicles of Narnia? I personally love this childhood series. Yet as a child, I confess that I did not find it interesting. Though my brother loved them all growing up. A couple years ago I had a goal of reading…