For those of you who are new to this blog, you may not know the significance of these thoughts to follow. I trust you will relate, however, because everyone’s life includes stories of receiving undeserved gifts and giving up what you think is yours to keep. It’s been exactly a year since Troy and I let go of one of the greatest investments of our adult lives. It was the church we started and nurtured with good friends for seven years. It was the place where my husband served as my pastor – one of the most impacting teaching pastors I’ve learned from in my own life. It was the season where our family learned to minister and to pursue and persevere within the messy and refining realities of living in relationship as the Body of Christ. It was ground zero for witnessing the marriage between calling and enabling–God’s provision […]
We started the week off here talking about motherhood, and what our kids really need from us. And today, we finish off the week considering what it is to persevere in the task and work of motherhood. Unlike many other jobs and endeavors, the work of motherhood does not yield a weekly paycheck, an yearly promotion, or necessarily an occasional accolade. Why and how do we persevere, then? Join me at The Better Mom today, as I share about the true reward of motherhood…that is truly better than being rewarded employee of the month. Have a blessed weekend, friends!
There’s a reason why self-help books are so popular. Who doesn’t want to be free from worry, anxiety, negative thinking, lack of motivation, and other debilitating pitfalls? We want, so desperately, for someone to tell us what worked for them, what formula, what changes in diet, exercise, or routine, will cause us to stop being what we don’t want to be. And there’s no shortage of self-affirming, positive-thinking programs for change. We’ve figured out that it takes more than just changing up what we are doing, but what we are thinking. And yet, with all that encouragement to realign your thinking, we so often still miss the true paradigm shift…the one that’s presented here in Chapter 8 of Because He Loves Me. And here it is: “We’re dead to sin and alive to God; we’ve been set free from slavery to sin and endowed with the ability to submit to […]
To my 11 yr. old Birthday Boy, You are so easy to celebrate. I’ve been writing letters to you since before you were born, but lately, the words are stored in my heart more than they are on paper. There’s much to say, just not enough time to say it all. I promise I’ll get back to it…eventually. I had no plans to have five little boys after you, but God knew his good plan for our family. He knew to make you patient, compassionate, tender-hearted, responsible, brave, intentional, inquisitive, smart, and funny. He knew you would lead the pack, and stay back with the one who can’t keep up. He made you to be a blessing. He made you the boy who cries with joy at the news of a new sibling, who desires to know God more, who helps with his brothers daily, who is fascinated by missions, […]
Sometimes my kids see a mom who is impatient and weary. Sometimes they witness a good cry. Sometimes my kids see a woman who’s distracted by thoughts they don’t quite understand. Sometimes they catch a glimpse of how grown ups experience hurts too. Sometimes my kids watch as I fret and worry over things I cannot change. Sometimes they observe their parents wrestle with the questions and the answers too. And so often we think our kids need us to be brave only. Be consistent invariably. Be right absolutely. Be faithful faultlessly. Be wise undoubtedly. Be happy seamlessly. We can try to be all those things at all times, but because we simply can’t in our fallenness, to do so may simply be to inspire superficially. And there’s really nothing more worthless to me than to encourage my kids with hope that is merely skin-deep. But to go further than […]
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“Your growth in holiness is firmly bound to your appreciation of the gospel and God’s love, for it is only an appreciation of his love that can motivate genuine obedience.” (p. 109) And, so it is with this in mind that we begin Part 2 of Because He Loves Me. We are looking, this week, at indicatives (the facts of who we are in Christ) and imperatives (commands we are to respond to in obedience). We are taking a closer look at our how our sanctification works as we believe and obey! Please join Joy at Grace Full Mama today, as she leads our discussion of this week’s Chapter! And join me back here next week, for Chapter 8! I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can do so in two ways… *Leave a comment below, and feel free to discuss with others there! *Write a blog post either answering […]
When I was a kid, my parents would take my brother and me on long road trips. It was the 80s, minivans were hot, and seat belt laws were not. My little brother and I would roll around in blankets on the floor of the car, eating snacks, taking naps, and passing the hours with our imagination, since no portable DVDs or iPads were conceived of yet. We loved the Disney trip, we loved the national park — but if you asked either of us today, we’d cite the silly songs sung, the favorite stories told, and the seemingly endless hours spent bonding on our way somewhere, as the best memories of road-tripping. Fast forward 30 years, and I now have five young boys (plus one due in April!) Though we used to take one or two children frequently on planes — even overseas — we simply have no […]
For all that is joyous and truly freeing about living a redeemed life, there is an equally pervasive weightiness that we experience in the most mundane moments of daily life. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the stuff that weighs on your mind even after you watch the fun movie, go out for coffee with a friend, or get a good workout in at the gym. It’s the everyday struggle of living as a fallen person, with other fallen people, in a fallen world. It’s the rub of disobedient children, misunderstanding co-workers, or relationships in need of reconciliation. It’s everyday…in our homes, while we work, among God’s people. It’s the point at which our redemption reality intersects our “already and not yet.” Paul Tripp summed it up very succinctly for me this weekend at the conference I attended at my church: “God will take you where you never intended […]
My dear friend Joy at Grace Full Mama, a missionary in Indonesia, is experiencing constant power outages and is unable to post on today’s chapter. I’ll host Chapter 6 today in her stead, and look forward to her being able to join us soon! ****************** We are in Chapter 6: “Look and Live!” of Because He Loves Me this week. This chapter is the last chapter of Part 1. Part 1 has led us through a deep understanding of what we believe. Part 2 will take us through the practical application of how we can apply the Gospel to our daily lives. After many weeks of considering WHAT the Gospel is all about, WHO we really are in Christ, WHY we do not stand condemned…this week, we are looking at HOW it is that we can partake in all that has been discussed up to this point. The how is […]
Many of you know that hospitality is a topic dear to my heart. Hospitality is more than having someone over or feeding him a meal. It is a tangible reflection of God’s gracious generosity of welcome towards us. Unfortunately, we often get hung up on impressing others or keeping up with Pinterest. What is true hospitality, and how can you practice biblical hospitality in a real and authentic way? I’m so honored to be guest posting at The Nourishing Home today, sharing on the heart of true hospitality. Please join me there!