Here’s To A New Tradition

Here’s To A New Tradition

New traditions are fun, aren’t they? I am doing something that I hope is the beginning of a new tradition for Christmas time. When big bro and little bro were smaller, I would wrap up 25 books under the tree and they would take turns choosing and unwrapping one for me to read before bed… Continue Reading

We Can Be Thankful For Our Trials

We Can Be Thankful For Our Trials

Well, we’ve come to the end of our Thanksgiving series on God and Our Trials.  Friend, I don’t know where you are in your life and what circumstances you find yourself in, but I hope you have found comfort in understanding the good that will come from the hard times of life and in knowing… Continue Reading

God’s Love and Our Trials

God’s Love and Our Trials

So far we have looked at God’s sovereignty and His providence.  His sovereignty means His complete control over everything that happens to us and how nothing surprises Him for He already knows the outcome.  That can and should bring us rest and increase our faith and trust in Him.  It’s His providence that brings us… Continue Reading

God’s Providence and Our Trials

God’s Providence and Our Trials

Last week we looked at God’s Sovereignty in relation to our trials.  We learned how we can trust Him to provide for us through those trials.  Both Matthew and Luke explained that He cares for us even more than the sparrows, lilies and grasses of the fields. Today I want to explore how the trials… Continue Reading

God’s Sovereignty and Our Trials

God’s Sovereignty and Our Trials

God’s sovereignty might just be my favorite attribute of Him and the one that has sustained me the most through the course of my life, especially the trials that came through being Big Bro’s mama. There were times that the only thing that got me through the days and weeks was knowing none of what… Continue Reading

God and Our Trials

God and Our Trials

God and our trials.  Have you ever wondered where He is in the midst of the hard times you are walking through?  When you are in the thick of things, it is difficult to feel His presence.  But He teaches us so much about Himself through those hard times.   As November begins and Thanksgiving… Continue Reading

Hanging Out By The River

Hanging Out By The River

John the Baptist’s ministry mostly took place hanging out by the Jordan River and left us a great model as we raise our children and guide their spiritual formation.  John the Baptist was set apart by God from before birth and he lived a life mostly of seclusion and separateness.  Matthew 3 tells us that when he… Continue Reading

Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

Have you ever been overcome by God’s faithfulness in your life? Our pastor spoke on John 10 this past Sunday when Jesus makes the analogy of Him being the good shepherd. This passage gives us confidence in our salvation assuring us that it cannot be lost.  However, the part that struck me the most was when he… Continue Reading

Sampson and Discernment

Sampson and Discernment

In moving through the First5 app I came to Judges and the story of Sampson.  I was moved by the parallels to our lives in how Sampson lacked discernment.  He was enticed by the world and flirted with temptation time and time again. It is so so easy to fall prey to those things that tempt… Continue Reading