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Spring Cleaning: Finding Treasures Among the Trash

Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. — Colossians 3:8–10 My mom was a fanatic about spring-cleaning. Each year in April or May, when the first string of sixty-degree days made...

Being Right Doesn’t Give You the Right

Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin. — Proverbs 17 :19 I just love to have the last word. Especially in my marriage. And my insistence on being the last one to speak is fueled by my desire to be “right.” I not only want to be right; I want to make sure that my husband knows that he’s wrong! Because I have a great memory — and my husband does not — this can be a setup for marital conflict. The poor guy just can’t win. I push and push and insist I...

Answering Our Own Prayers

  Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” — Luke 11:1 ESV A group of teenagers and I sat cross-legged on the church lawn, soaking in the warm summer sunshine. One of the girls had just returned from a mission trip in a developing nation, and I couldn’t wait to hear about her experience. “So, Renee, tell us about your trip,” I...

We See Impossible… But God Makes All Things Possible

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ — Matthew 19:26 My friends Bob and Karen had been saving for years so they could finally go on a real vacation alone together. (I teased Bob more than his wife about how their three-night honeymoon at the Howard Johnson down the street didn’t count.) They married young, started having kids soon after, and lived bare bones as Bob worked his...

Are You in the Desert?

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. — Deuteronomy 8:2 The desert can be a dangerous place. In Bible times it was always a place of uncertainty, peril, trial, and death. Not the kind of place you want to go on vacation! Several years ago my husband and I found ourselves in a desert...

Ordinary Holiness

  I attended a funeral recently for my close friend Debi’s dad. Few people look forward to attending funerals. The sadness, the loss, the reality that they can no longer be with their loved one. This funeral, however, was filled with moments of ordinary holiness. I witnessed, through the pictures, the presentation, and the words of those left behind, a man who loved his friends, his community, his family, and his God. A man who knew how...

Why Are You So Angry?

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?” — Genesis 4:6 The first sin recorded for us in the Bible outside of the garden of Eden is the sin of Cain killing his brother, Abel. We’re told that Abel kept the f locks and Cain worked the soil (Genesis 4:2). In time, both men brought an offering to the Lord. While we’re not told all the details, we learn that the Lord looked with favor on Abel’s offering but not Cain’s....

Must-Read Christian Women’s Books in 2016

2016 is going to be a particularly fantastic year for all of us book-lovers! New Ann Voskamp — hooray! New Christine Caine — woo hoo! New Shauna Niequist — yes please! Plus, you’ll meet some new authors such as Katherine & Jay Wolf whom you’re going to be so inspired by and encouraged in your faith. Here’s a little peek at the absolute must-read books coming this year from some of your favorite Christian women’s...

Waiting for Your Prodigal

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. —Luke 15:20 Being lost is scary. Who doesn’t remember feeling alone, being disoriented, and finding yourself disconnected from what is secure and familiar? I can still remember the first time I was lost. I let go of my dad’s hand in a busy mall. I had stopped at a kiosk just long enough to...

Pray Pray Pray: How to Hug a Porcupine and Squeeze a Skunk

Do you know someone who is difficult to love? The nosy neighbor. The grouchy grocery store clerk. Your child’s teacher who never cracks a smile. The hot-tempered boss. The church curmudgeon. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to share the love with them. PRAY. PRAY. AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE. Any encounter with a difficult-to-love person must start off with prayer. Pray for them. Ask God to soften their heart to receive His love...

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