Monthly archive for ‘ January, 2013 ’

Bleeding Jesus

28th January 2013 | 0 Comments

Recently I was at the mall–remember I live in Milwaukee–and saw a Packer shirt with the logo, “I bleed green…” Obviously this is for serious fans only! The message is clear: My whole life is defined by my love for the Packers. When our body is damaged and cut, we bleed. And that blood is […]

How Do We Give Stuff to God?

22nd January 2013 | 1 Comment

One evening a couple months ago, as I was tucking Roman into bed, he asked, “How do we give stuff to God?” I could see the wheels in his little mind turning, Do we throw stuff up to heaven and hope that it actually connects instead of careening back to earth? Not exactly. The verse […]

Walking in Freedom

18th January 2013 | 0 Comments

I am reading Thomas A Kempis,Imitations of Christand find it to be quite thought provoking and sometimes weighty and hard to digest. The other day I was moved by his statement that peace and freedom are a result of surrendered obedience! So much in our culture tells us that freedom is doing what we want. […]

Going Before

14th January 2013 | 1 Comment

As I ponder 2012, I see that one of the themes God has continually worked into my life over the past year has been one of trusting Him to go before me.  As a little girl, one of the first verses I ever memorized was Isa. 45:2a: “I will go before thee and make the […]

The Saddest Obituary

11th January 2013 | 0 Comments

I have been reading my way through the history of Israel, and what a rocky history it is! The cycle is vivid and depressing. Rejection of God, tragedy, exile, repentance, restitution. Over and over again.  This verse in 2 Chronicles 21:20 really struck me, “No one was sorry when he (Jehoram) died…” Wow! That has […]

What if “Perfect” Never Comes?

9th January 2013 | 5 Comments

I admit it: I’m an eternal optimist. I am a glass half-full, make lemonade out of lemons, try, try again, kind of person. And this outlook has at times served me well. But recently, God has begun revealing some heart-wrenching pitfalls to my idealism. Last week as I was working with mom in the kitchen […]

Idolatry by Any Other Name

7th January 2013 | 0 Comments

My dad and I were sharing spiritual insights the other day over a cup of coffee at my favorite little bistro. We’ve both been reading through the Old Testament; thus our conversation landed on the golden calf Aaron made for the Israelites in the wilderness when they had given up waiting for Moses to come […]

One Ultimate Goal

3rd January 2013 | 2 Comments

“I think when God tests someone, it’s not for Him to find out something. It’s for that person to learn something about himself and know God better. The test is for the person, not God.” This was Marshall’s insightful comment the other night as we discussed the trials of Job during our family Bible time. […]