When Will This Get Easier

When Will This Get Easier

Life doesn’t always get easier just because we wish it to. So how can we walk through the trials? Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in…

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

There is one Christmas gift you can give that has the greatest return. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. (James 1:17 ESV) One of my grandmothers always had her Christmas presents wrapped, tagged, and stored in her sewing room closet by October. My other grandmother never gave us a thing, at…

How to Rejoice in Hope

How to Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12) My twenty-something-old daughter invited me to Washington, DC, for breakfast last week. Which meant flying nearly 3,000 miles for some scrambled eggs. (Actually, the visit had been planned, and the breakfast invitation was thrown in as a bonus.) Besides, it was more…

A Magnet for God’s Grace

A Magnet for God’s Grace

What does God’s grace look like for a weary, worried mom? But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9a ESV) I ran half-marathons when our children were little. I’m not an athlete (my goal was to stay ahead of the sweeper car…

The One Thing That Matters

The One Thing That Matters

Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3) We had five kids in seven years. Six weeks after our twins were born (numbers four and five) we moved from Pennsylvania to Northern Virginia. I had no friends, no family, no help,…

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