A Promise to Hold Onto

It’s the middle of January and maybe the freshness of the New Year has worn off for you already. Maybe you’re struggling with the fact that January has you running to catch up. Maybe you’ve carried most of last year’s hurts and worries with you into this year. Or maybe 2018 still feels sparkly and new, full of hope and promise.   Whatever the case may be, praise God that His mercies are new every morning, and He makes these promises to us, not dependent on how we feel about waking up on that morning.   There’s a quippy saying, that goes, “It’s all … [Read more...]

The Shepherds, the Light, and Us

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I stood in the midnight silence, wrapped in a blanket, staring at the twinkling distance and watching a faint, shadowy light flickering across the sky.   The Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is a magnificent creation to behold.   This beauty is caused by particles in Earth’s atmosphere meeting particles released by the sun’s atmosphere. It’s a grand and glorious collision.       On nights like this, as much as I love sharing the experience with my family, I also don’t mind standing alone in complete darkness, … [Read more...]

I Made a New Friend

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I made a new friend recently. Not the kind you meet at the park, play with, go your separate ways, and rarely see again.   No, it was the kind of friend that C.S. Lewis identified when he said, “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”   This week, I made a “you, too” friend. I got together with someone I had encountered weekly but never actually spent meaningful time with. I had been tiptoeing around the idea of inviting her over for awhile, unsure if she would … [Read more...]

He Remembers Our Frame

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  At some point with each of my five children, I have fallen into the temptation to treat them like they are older and more mature than they actually are. The first time I was conscious of this, I had three boys ages 3 and under. My middle son was talking by 18 months and could identify the letters in the alphabet by 21 months. And sometime after I had our third baby, I allowed his abilities to distract me from his frame and I created a habit of treating my middle baby as though he should behave like his older, three-year-old brother. One day, I was … [Read more...]

About Your Reputation

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My sweet friend sat curled up on my couch and between sips of tea, told me how worried she was. She had been made aware that someone who had previously been a close friend was now spreading something painfully false about her. This friend had even admitted to telling people this lie, because they were so determined that "everyone should know" their version of this false narrative. She couldn't hold back her fear that all the people who heard this slander would start believing it. She was already devastated over the loss she had suffered up to this point, and worried … [Read more...]