Posts Tagged ‘ joy ’

The Joy of the Ultimate

12th September 2017 | 0 Comments

“For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  This is a familiar verse for many of us. We marvel that Paul made this bold statement from a prison cell in Rome, awaiting probable execution because of his testimony. But honestly, sometimes it takes a stripping away of everything for us to truly see […]


Reflections

31st May 2017 | 0 Comments

It has been nine years this month since Joel came under investigation for his crime.  Nine Years—nearly a decade of grief and growth, sorrow and joy, despair and hope, loss and beauty.  Lawyers, court dates, confessions, sentencing, jail, prison, half way house, prison visits, moves, rehabilitation programs, family reunions, adjustments, counseling, probation—all mixed in with […]


What Was Intended for Evil

11th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Easter is just around the corner. When we lived in Venezuela, this whole week was celebrated–kids off school, church retreats, even some businesses closed.  I miss that opportunity for intentional focus on the gospel.  And I don’t want to miss it in my own personal reflections. In the interest of inviting you to ponder the […]


Anticipation

21st December 2016 | 0 Comments

Anticipation…The good kind of waiting. The kind fraught with expectation, with hope. That’s the kind of waiting Simeon had done, all his life, right into old age. Waiting for the promised deliverance of Israel, for the wrong to be made right, for the Messiah’s appearing. Simeon was old; his wait had been long. But his […]


Pray Big, Believe Big, Live Big

3rd September 2016 | 0 Comments

You might notice it’s Saturday–not Tuesday. So why am I posting? If you follow my blog you know Tuesday is my “post” day. But I can’t wait til Tuesday. I can’t wait to tell you why I won’t be able to post on Tuesday. You see I’m off to celebrate our Big God and his […]


A Peace Unbreakable

16th August 2016 | 0 Comments

Years ago, I spent a period of time reading Scripture in Spanish. One day I was reading in John and came across this oh-so-familiar verse (14:27) “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give it.” In Spanish however this verse said, “My peace I give to you, the peace […]


A Cause for Joy

12th August 2015 | 0 Comments

Psalm 119:74 reads, “May all who fear you, find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your Word.” This prayer of the Psalmist comes just after a series of verses acknowledging how God has allowed difficulties into his life to train and correct him. He admits, “I used to […]


No Room for Weeds

24th June 2013 | 0 Comments

I spent hours this week end in the yard working on the flower garden in the front and on the side of the house. Since the house we purchased was a foreclosure and had sat empty for a year, the gardens are in a distinct state of overgrowth. But underneath and in between the rampant […]


Our Day of Infamy

18th December 2012 | 2 Comments

December 18, 2008–A day with agonizing memories for our family. Nearly six months after the initial warrant and Joel’s police interview, we rushed out the door for school and were met by half a dozen black vehicles and armed federal agents. We had been assured previously by the police officer in charge of the case […]


The Ghost of Thanksgiving Past

27th November 2011 | 0 Comments

As I was pondering verses on thankfulness this week, I was impressed with the Old Testament thank offering. This was an offering not demanded at certain times of the year, like many of the others in the Old Testament law. Rather it was one that was given of the person’s own free will. Leviticus 22:29 […]