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Comfort

Comfort

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction…” 2 Corinthians 1:3 I was struck today (not for the first time) by the comfort so tenderly offered by our...
Real, Not True

Real, Not True

I’m not prone to depression. But today, I think I’m getting a small taste of it. The sorrow has been so thick, I can almost reach out and touch it. Like an unwelcome blanket…smothering me. I feel like a failure. A failure as a wife. A failure as a...
Hope

Hope

Lice, urine, and poop. I’m sorry. I probably should’ve warned you before blurting that out. But those three words sum up last week pretty well for me. In no particular order. It was definitely not my most glorious week of mommy-hood. Especially since every...
Irresistible Prayer

Irresistible Prayer

“God, please change my heart.” The beauty of this prayer is its simplicity. Just a handful of words, with truckloads of meaning… It’s all those beneath-the-surface and between-the-lines meanings that make it a prayer that is irresistible to...
A Firm Grip

A Firm Grip

That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’    Isaiah 41:13 (The Message) Just a few days ago, while vacationing at my very...
Dissatisfied

Dissatisfied

I’m contributing at Satisfaction Through Christ today, where I’m revealing my tendency to be dissatisfied. Here’s an excerpt: ~~ “Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a swing out here?” Wait…what? Just like that, my blissful bubble...
Peace

Peace

In this crazy, messed-up world, we long for peace, don’t we? Peace with God. Peace in our marriages. Peace in our homes. Peace in our relationships. Peace in our workplaces. Perhaps the most coveted type of peace (and just maybe a key to the others?) is peace of...
Brought to Light

Brought to Light

There comes a point in many parents’ lives when they get some disturbing news: Their child has committed a grave sin. Or perhaps has been the victim of a grievous evil. Innocence gone. Childhood tainted. Situations such as these can be emotionally intense and...
Divine Encounters With Kids

Divine Encounters With Kids

Here’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus’ first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that “He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.” Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the...
The Path of Life

The Path of Life

What is the meaning of life? What makes it worth living? Where can we find joy? “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 I ache for the hordes of depressed...