My husband and I have just returned from caring for four of our grandchildren for a week. Having offered our daughter and her husband a much-needed week away, we knew that moving into their home and assuming total responsibility for their four children, ages 4-10, (along with their 17 year old exchange student from China), … More My Week in the Life of a Mom
God’s Word is full of commands for His people to go. These divine calls, while varied in nature, require both trust and obedience that are not only costly, but utterly impossible apart from God. God called Abraham to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will … More When God Calls You to Stay
Recently one of my grandchildren told me they can’t wait for Christmas. As we counted how many days it was until that special day, I was reminded that waiting is a theme in virtually all of our lives. From an early age we are made to wait and hope for things that are either uncertain … More What are You Waiting For?
As I worshiped among brothers and sisters in church recently, we sang a song that has been my personal prayer for many years. All I Have is Christ, by Sovereign Grace, is an expression of gospel gratitude and surrender to God’s eternal purposes. With heartfelt zeal I sang, “Now Lord, I would be Yours alone … More When God Answers Prayer through Suffering
“Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground. Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast … More Troubles, Tears, and a Trustworthy God
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers,” Luke 22:31-32. When Jesus spoke these words to Peter, I wonder if he felt hurt, confused, … More When Sifting Comes
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak” Psalm 41:1. What does it mean to enter into suffering with another person? What are some of the dangers to watch for in our desire to encourage and help others? How do we know when God is calling us to … More Side by Side in Suffering: How God Blesses His People