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Doing It All

Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” This verse has helped all of us get through a tough time or a tough day. Jesus is our strength in all that He desires for us to do. But I used to read this verse all wrong. I emphasized the word all and tried to do it all. Then when I failed, I questioned God. I tried to be the super mom, the super wife, the super daughter, the super friend, the super housekeeper, the super piano teacher, the super Sunday school teacher, the super cook, the... Read More

Expectations

You are a twenty-first century woman. Most of us carry a part or full-time job as well as the laundry, cooking, ministry, kids, husbands, maybe parents with failing health, and some homeschool. It’s a busy time. Expectations. They can bring us agony, disapproval, self-accusation, and feelings of failure. We measure our success and failure by whether or not we were able to reach the expectations that we set forth for ourselves. As Christian women we also feel the pressure of verses such as Eccl. 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might….” And Phil. 3:23,... Read More

Abide in Him

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. Now, little children, abide in Him so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:27-28). Abide means to dwell there (not to only visit occasionally!). We dwell in our homes – a place of safety,... Read More

We Need Each Other

Two towns. Two churches. I lived in the first town and was a member of a church there for seven years. I taught Bible study, sang in the choir, was a mentor for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program, and helped with seasonal events. I had two surgeries and moved twice. I received one text message from our pastor during that time. No visits or calls from any church members or staff. After one major spinal surgery, I did get an email from the choir director asking when I was going to be back because they needed me. Never did... Read More

Changes

Changes. My in-laws moved from Texas to Kansas into our basement apartment. We are so glad to have them closer. But change is hard on them and on us as we figure out what our relationships will look like and how we can serve one another without getting into each other’s way. Changes. I used to live 10 minutes from my son, his wife, and their four babies (5 and under). Now I live 6 hours away. I miss the daily and weekly contact with them. Changes. After having my 7th spinal surgery in December, my mobility and flexibility have... Read More

ACT AS IF

God’s word is clear. If you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, then you are saved; you are a prince or princess – a son or daughter of the King of Kings; you are fearfully and wonderfully made; you are no longer in bondage to sin and shame. But let’s face it, even though that is truth, we sometimes don’t feel that it is and we even go so far as to not believing that these things are true. The “Act as if” principle simple says that when you don’t feel these truths, act as if they... Read More

But I Don’t See the Good!

I was so blessed last week to go to North Dakota and speak and minister to the homeschooling group there. I met some wonderful people, encouraged some, and was encouraged in return until…. Until I fell. I was hurrying back from a workshop with my arms full of computer and books, I skirted around the corner of a booth and my foot caught on the table skirt that was too long and had draped onto the floor. My foot slid out from under me and I should have gotten a 10 for the graceful swan dive I took across the... Read More

God’s Rest

Trust means resting – resting in the fact that God is in control, that He loves you, that He will work all things out for your ultimate good, and that He will equip with with all you need to do the works He has called you to do. God’s rest brings peace, contentment, and joy. “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.”  Hebrews 4:9 “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 There is a rest to come – heaven!  But there is also the ability to... Read More

Dealing with Depression as a Christian

Is a Christian sinning if he/she is depressed? How does a Christian deal with depression? The Bible says that Jesus wept (John 11:35), but the next thing he did was to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). How do these verses apply to me and depression? These verses changed my life! I had learned that depression was the way to handle life’s circumstances when life was overwhelming or chaotic or sad from my mother. Then I saw that Jesus wept, but He didn’t stay there! The next eight verses tell of Him getting up and raising Lazarus! It is okay... Read More

Emotions: The Engine or the Caboose

When our emotions are raging or weeping or ecstatic we are to humble ourselves before God. That humbling is putting our emotions in the correct perspective. “Therefore humble yourselves, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). Are your letting your emotions be the engine or the caboose? If we allow our emotions to be our train engine, then our reactions and decisions will be born out of the emotion of the moment, not Godly truth and counsel. Emotions... Read More
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