Ever found yourself in a season so hard you seriously wondered if there would ever be joy and happiness again? You’re in good company if you have. The devil loves to make us think we are alone in our suffering. He wants nothing more than to isolate us and keep us discouraged. Can I tell …
Gaining Biblical Perspective
Perspective is everything. I say that so often and truthfully it has the power to change everything, too. I found that as I gained perspective and understood more of what was going on with Big Bro, I became much more compassionate. But most importantly, when you gain perspective from the Bible it puts things onto a whole different level. I love it when God reveals biblical perspective to me about what I’m struggling with or learning more about. It is often the catalyst for change in my life.
The posts I share in this category are all about perspective that has made a lasting impact on me personally and spiritually. It is my prayer that you will have a few ah-ha moments as well!
Burned out or poured out. Did you know there was a difference?
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know a common theme I write about is trials and God’s sovereignty. Life has been difficult for me in all areas- marriage, motherhood, professionally, and personally. Over the years I have come to see God’s sovereign hand in it all and I am so grateful for what the trials have produced in regards to my relationship with the Lord.
It was said that 2020 leveled the playing field and in a lot of ways, it did. We all were brought back to family as we figured out how to provide for, get along with, and protect those in our care. For moms, it got real. All of our lives collided into one and we had to juggle it all simultaneously. Many of us were forced to reevaluate priorities and maybe restructure. We longed to escape the cycles of defeat we found ourselves facing as we adjusted to our new normal.
The couch cushions gave way as I sunk into them. It was 5:45 AM and I was trying to wake up. The memory of the day before was still heavy on my mind. Teenage angst had blown up with rage and defiance and that sure destroys a mama’s heart. I used to sing “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” under my breath 2 hours into bedtime with this same child when he was younger. After my patience had been exhausted, it was the only thing keeping me sane for those last few minutes.
Yes, the joy of the Lord is my strength. To make matters worse, this is the season of Joy. How on earth am I supposed to be joyful…
The season of Advent is here bringing with it the hope of Christmas. The familiar wreath with purple and pink candles has appeared in our churches calling us to a meaningful season with the flickering light of the flame. The first week’s advent theme appropriately puts the focus on hope. Hope in the biblical sense means looking ahead and forward to something God is doing. In the Old Testament the Jewish people looked forward to the birth of Christ, His first coming, and for us New Testament believers it means looking forward to Christ’s returning, His second coming. John Wiley put it so eloquently:
Are you struggling with not feeling grateful this Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. This year has been absolutely miserable for so many people. Lost jobs, virtual schooling kids while working your 9-5, and still the struggle to get dinner on the table. But worse because store shelves were empty and we were scared to go shopping!
As Thanksgiving approaches, my Facebook feed is filling up with grateful posts. You’ve seen them- every day for the month of November people post something they are thankful for. It’s a great idea but sometimes it’s hard. Seeing what other people are thankful for can
What a different celebration it was this year. I’m pretty sure everyone’s “normal” Easter activities didn’t happen and a lot of people couldn’t even go to church. Our church had a drive in service but we didn’t go because there was no way the littles would sit quietly in a vehicle for an hour. We …
How are you doing? This whole Coronavirus thing is quite unnerving, if we are honest. If you need a fresh perspective, I’d encourage you to take some time and read through the book of Job, especially the beginning and the end. The Lord reminded me of the truths of His character that are revealed in the book.
For the past few weeks, maybe a couple months, the word abide has been showing up and bouncing around in my head. What does that even mean and how does it apply to me as a Christian. I have had a hard time reconciling the tangible with the intangible. By definition, abide means to lodge …