The heart is a muscle. It has to be working, training, expanding its limits, if it is to get stronger. … More Courage, Part Three: Finding Courage and Pursuing Dreams
Maybe the deeper problem is an issue of trust or faith; I don’t know. … More Courage, Part Two: The Thing that Scares Me Most
I’m not worried about control anymore, though I’ll certainly keep it in the back of my mind. No, what I need now is some good ol’ fashioned courage. … More Courage, Part One: Word of 2017
One of the ways in which the main character is like me is that she hates to be still. She gets satisfaction in working. She has a hard time being inactive. When things start to go wrong, she looks for external solutions, and she has a hard time giving over her struggles to God. … More Write What You Know, Even When It Terrifies You
Here’s a radical notion: Teach girls useful life skills for the sake of having useful life skills. Tell them they need these skills so they can be effective servants for their Creator. Show them how these skills will open doors to reaching souls for Christ; to ministering to their fellow saints; to being lights in a darkling world. Tell them these skills – cooking, gardening, cleaning, art, music, changing tires, cutting hair, speaking in public, memorizing scripture, understanding the workings of sound systems, being well-educated – will make them limitless. It will teach them their own value and strength. Help them understand that their purpose in life is to live it well, to live it for God’s glory, single or married. … More Defying the Marriage Culture
The Bible story for this is out of Numbers 20, where God tells Moses to speak to the rock to get water for the thirsty murmuring Israelites and Moses strikes the rock instead. Twice. Back in Exodus, God had told Moses to strike another rock, but this time He said speak. What I’m hoping the kids will get out of this is that the key to obeying is listening to all of the instructions instead of assuming we already know what to do.
About there in the lesson I paused. This sounded familiar. … More Willing Obedience
I’ve had to be brutally honest to myself lately and accept myself instead of sugarcoating the facts. The last thing I want to do is become content with my weaknesses and claim them as character faults I can’t possibly change. I do not want these things to ever hold me back. … More If I’m Being Honest….
I rush about like a mad person, wailing about how I’ll never get it all done, while God watches with a shaking head and beckons me closer. I’ve caught glimpses of what it is like to put Him at the center and let Him be my gravity. I know for a fact that He can ground me and set me on a steady course. But I keep pushing away, setting myself spinning into space in the process, because I don’t want to be weak. I want to be strong enough. I want to prove that I can manage at least this. I am a big girl. I don’t need holding any more. … More The Secret to Being an Adult
As she was grouching, she went back to how she was no good with people because she was always on the piano. I grinned and said, “Gram, you know what you told me yesterday? ‘That’s an excuse, not a reason.'”
I got a reply along the lines of, “Oh, be quiet.” Then she complained about not getting any sympathy in our house. … More Excuses vs. Reasons
I won’t complain for these aches. They mean I’ve accomplished something. … More Signs of Life