I am currently 100 pages into the almost 1500 page book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. A huge attempt for me, especially since I am generally a slow reader. The story opens up the world of Jean Valjean to us after completing his 19 year prison sentence.
When Jean Valjean is released from prison he is required to report to another city. One which is many miles away, and he is traveling on foot. Although he has enough money to purchase lodging and food, no one will take him in due to him being a convict.
A “very dangerous” one for that matter.
An interaction at the beginning of this story really struck me. As Jean Valjean is seeking lodging and food, he has a conversation with the inn keeper, one which the story alludes is all too familiar to him. Continue reading When Christ Knows Our Name
There’s nothing like a great story to get your noggin’ working overtime. Last night my family watched the movie Chrariots of Fire; a story about Eric Liddell’s choice between competing in the Olympics and his devotion to the Lord.
It was so interesting watching the movie; as we saw the story unfold, we had a glimpse of his desire to honor the Lord, and point people to Christ at the same time. After years of training he ends up in the Olympics, and come to find out his event is on Sunday. Deeply convicted of running on the Lord’s day, he chose not to compete.
As I thought about those circumstances I know exactly what I would be thinking.
Lord, I chose to do this because I thought it’s where you’re leading me. So, why Continue reading Life’s Race: What Are You Running For?
Have you asked yourself that lately?
Sometimes I wonder if I forfeited all peace when I decided to have children. At the time I was determined to keep some semblance of peace regardless of our choices in child-rearing.
Yet here I sit, too many times wondering where’s the peace, Lord?
Where are those quiet waters that I read about in scripture?
Surely I’m not excluded from these wonderful quiet, peaceful waters just because I have children running through the house.
But where is it?
How do I obtain it?
How do you obtain it, in the midst of a day swarming with chaos?
(I’m blessed to be contributing today over at Essential Thing Devotions; click the link above to read more about this much-needed peace!)
There’s a scripture that gets used often during times of trouble. When we feel beaten down, worn out, and just plain defeated while facing uncertain circumstances.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
It’s no doubt, this verse is something that inspires us to keep persevering during the trying times of our lives.
I don’t want to diminish how that scripture has helped you; however, I do want to take another look into that scripture with you.
Back up a few verses, and take a look at the context of this scripture. Paul speaks to the Philippians of living in plenty, and living in want. Continue reading Grace for Today: Contentment With the Mundane
When I had three children, all three years and younger, I was overcome with stress. I read these words over, and over again:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:4 NASB
Then I became even more overwhelmed.
How can I abide in Christ when I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to read one or two verses?
I was struck with wondering what Continue reading Abiding In Christ For Moms
I hope I’m not alone when I say that often I experience times in my life when my spiritual growth appears to be going nowhere. Even though I continue to pray, and dig into God’s word I still don’t see the growth, and maturity that I really want to see. I often wonder if all this hard work is doing me any good.
Am I going anywhere spiritually?
Am I making an impact for God’s kingdom?
Am I doing something wrong, hindering my growth?
Today, I’m sharing with Essential Thing Devotions, just about this very issue that I struggle with. How has scripture encouraged me, and what keeps me going during those questionable times? Click the link below to read more:
As I stood on the sandy shores, I let my eyes drift as far as I could see. My gaze fell upon the far edge of the sky, where it seems to touch the ocean; it seems to extend forever. I could see the still of the waters in the distance, but knew the strength of the currents. As the waves crashed before me, and the water flowed over my feet, I could hear the words of a familiar song…
“…here is love, vast as the ocean…”
And I let my mind wander to what love, vast as an ocean, really is.
Continue reading Grace for Today
Some days homeschooling is difficult. Some days it’s so challenging, it makes me wonder, “why?”
Why am I doing all this?
Why not let the schools take over?
Am I really doing any good?
Are we making any progress?
Is there a point to the never-ending lessons?
Continue reading Scripture Encouragement On Those Difficult Homeschool Days
Not too long ago, I was lamenting to the Lord about how difficult it is to keep my cool when I see so little fruit in my children. I couldn’t help but grumble about my own lack of self-control, all the while blaming my issues on the fact Continue reading Laboring Instead of Harvesting
Often times, when people meet me, they assume I must love children because I have five of them. They also assume I must have always been the nurturing type, looking forward to the day that I have children of my own. Continue reading Developing A Mother’s Heart