Author Archives: Ruth Schwenk

far more powerful and beautiful to love the unlovable

Love Is Stronger

Love Is Stronger

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. — Matthew 5:44 Do you know someone who is hard to love? Maybe it’s someone who has a different personality or a friend who did something or said something that was hurtful to you. How do you treat this person? Sometimes

A heart that is thankful

How to Teach Gratitude to Our Children

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We were sitting with a couple, who are dear friends, around a table, nestled in the back corner of a restaurant. Behind us was a wall of windows, giving us the perfect

Speak Truth In Love

Nourishing Words

The lips of the righteous nourish many. — Proverbs 10:21 There was once a monk who, like many followers of Jesus at the time, was looking for a deeper walk with God. This monk, Abbot Agatho, fled to the desert. The story goes that Abbot Agatho, aware of his temptation to sin with his words,

Making Bedtime a Treasured & Meaningful Time with Your Children

  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I had just announced to our four kids it was time for bed. One child, responded that he was hungry. Another with an emotional meltdown. Our oldest son forgot he needed a test signed, which led to a rather lengthy discussion of other assignments due later

Celebrating the Beauty of Creation with Our Kids

  The changing seasons are a glorious display of a creative God. But it is interesting to me how quickly we can forget the beauty that surrounds us. Not long ago, a friend was visiting from out of town. Not being from the Midwest, she couldn’t believe the beauty of the town I live in.

Love Anyway

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” —Matthew 5:46 Let’s be honest. Sometimes we just don’t see eye to eye with some people in our lives. Showing them love can be quite a challenge, especially when these people are difficult, different, or don’t always show appreciation. But learning to love

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