I often hear 1 Corinthians 13 recited at weddings, but not often as it applies specifically to motherhood. The truth is, 1 Corinthians 13 is an extremely important passage for moms.
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Three weeks prior to the end of 2014 (good riddance, you crazy year, I am so glad you are well into my rearview mirror) I had no clue I would be spending the first weekend of January in southeast Pennsylvania, just outside of Philly,
Let’s have some context first; Jesus had been walking through towns preaching and teaching, but there are only so many places he can be. He saw the crowds that gathered to hear him, yet he knew there were many, many more, and he felt compassionate towards them and even thought of them as “sheep without a shepherd”. I believe Jesus knew he’d die and rise again eventually, which meant he could no longer interact with people face to face. In Matthew 9:37 he was preparing his disciples for...
He could have filled his Word with awe-inspiring men and women who selflessly gave their lives to Him without a single struggle or doubt. But that’s definitely not what he did. Why? Because He knows us and knows we need to hear about Eve’s struggle with telling the truth in the garden, Sarah’s struggle with doubt about having a child, and Lot’s wife’s struggle with having enough faith to not turn around.
Due to the recent election, I started thinking about what our year has been like. Our country has seen some intense sorrow and pain. We have suffered from malice and vengeance. Bother hurting brother in the name of something they believe in. When did believing in something mean a person needed to take someone’s life to get their point across? My heart was aching over my fellow Americans but then God brought this verse to my attention.
It was a little over a year ago that I was diagnosed with cancer, and only a little while after that that I announced becoming cancer free. I’ll admit, even though it was a short time that I had cancer, that time was the scariest and most upturned times in my life.
Another way of describing “respecting ourselves” that may be even more accurate is “to think rightly about ourselves” or to “live in holiness in regard to how we think about and treat ourselves.” Disrespect is really another word for “sin” in a lot of ways. If I disrespect myself or someone else, my motives, thinking, attitudes, words and/or actions toward that person are hurtful and destructive.
The tragedy is that, while waiting for great opportunities to come along, we miss out on a parade of good opportunities that march steadily by. Goodness is largely ignored because it seems too common, too mundane, too everyday.
My Sabbath has become a cherished moment in our busy week. At this point in my life, with so many different responsibilities, I pretty much only have Sunday afternoons and Mondays off. Tuesday through Friday is dedicated to Redemption Press, Saturdays are dedicated to women’s ministry tasks, presidential duties for the Northwest Christian Writers’ Association (NCWA),
It’s been almost seventeen years since Jesus interrupted my selfish little existence and woke me up from sleeping death. Seventeen years since my eyes were opened to the meaning of life, to the beauty of Jesus, to the pleasure of knowing and being known by God.
Psalm 23 is one of those familiar Psalms that is frequently quoted in times of death or great sorrow. It’s so familiar to many of us that it’s easy to skip over the truth or miss what God is saying to us. There is so much application of Psalm 23 to everyday life, so let’s try to view Psalm 23 with an open heart to what God wants to teach us.
We start by recognizing our need to increase our delight for God. In order for one thing to increase, another must decrease. Just like Eve in the garden, who saw the tree as a “delight to the eyes” (Gen. 3:6, ESV), so we often turn to temporary things for delight. Our flesh wants immediate gratification. We must confess this and recognize that only the Lord can satisfy with true delight.
The world is full of opportunities to compare ourselves to others, hoping they’ll approve. When we do, we usually end up falling short of their expectations and ours. The reality is, however, that we are rarely comparing apples to apples because we only have part of the picture.