Posts Tagged ‘ Family ’

A Greater God

1st February 2013 | 0 Comments

Roman has been struggling with unreasonable and overwhelming fear at bedtime recently. He keeps asking me questions about our house catching on fire, or a bomb being in his room and going off, or someone sneaking into our house to hurt him–typical 4-year-old terrors, I suppose. Each night I explain to him that his fears […]

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. […]

A Godly Example

15th October 2011 | 0 Comments

It was my dad’s birthday yesterday. We had a little family gathering and celebrated with a bonfire in the back yard after supper. My dad has always loved his birthday. When he was our high school Bible teacher, he would put extra credit questions on quizzes, like “What is important about October 14?” Anyone who […]

To Belong

29th July 2011 | 1 Comment

I went to visit Joel today with my dad. Bless my precious mother, she offered to keep all three children. So off Dad and I drove at 5:45 this morning….into the grey of early dawn.  After two years of developing a routine that includes regular visits to the prison, the trip is fairly rote. Long […]

The Power of Friendship

27th July 2011 | 5 Comments

It is a natural tendency for us to try to help those who are grieving to feel better. Instead of weeping with those that weep, we try to get those that weep to laugh with us. Without meaning to, this trivializes the pain. I remember telling my family once, “When someone sees me being sorrowful […]

Suffering Increases our Capacity to Know God

26th July 2011 | 1 Comment

I have long struggled with the idea that the way of suffering is the only true path to knowing God. That idea implies that God delights in our suffering, that He is working toward our pain! And that is simply not a Biblical concept of God. But unfortunately, popular culture, and even in some cases […]

What I Learn from my Children (part 2)

25th July 2011 | 1 Comment

There are two sides of love–the needy side and the giving side. My children teach me that it is OK to be needy. Sometimes our love is expressed in our neediness. Sometimes it is expressed in giving. The following story illustrates both sides: This morning as I sneaked back into the house after my jog, […]