When A Mother’s Heart Hurts

James 1:2-3: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (NIV) Bullied on the playground…teased on the bus…picked last for the team in gym class…a failing grade after studying all week.  Growing up is hard.  People areContinue reading “When A Mother’s Heart Hurts”

Which Translation Are You?

Matthew 7:18-20: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (NIV) I was reading a devotional in Girlfriends in God, from Crosswalk (Crosswalk@crosswalkmail.com), andContinue reading “Which Translation Are You?”

Gentle Strength

James 3:17: “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings,…” (The Message). I read a terrific Amish Christian fiction book, Living in Harmony, by Mary Ellis.  In the story, there was a secondary character, Thomas, whoContinue reading “Gentle Strength”

Don’t Underestimate Your Power

Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”(NIV) From the time our kids were little, my husband and I decided that we would let them determine their own path inContinue reading “Don’t Underestimate Your Power”