Serving or Slaving: Love Makes the Difference

“Mommmeee!! I neeeeed yoooouu!” For the third time in five minutes, I had been summoned in this way. The first time was for an “accident” in the bathroom. “No problem. It’s okay, Honey. We’ll do better next time.” A minute later, two-year-old Annie needed help opening the door to the basement. “Here you go, Baby….

Thankfulness after a Storm

And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the…

The Other Side

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.      Romans 12 :1 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them,…

For Our Spiritual Good

And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. And when Paul…

More Time Less Work

Time and work – two small words, but how much they affect our lives. We often feel that we have too little of the first and way too much of the second. If we don’t bring these two elements into correct focus, our beautiful spirit may very well be hidden from those closest to us….

Freedom

Freedom! That certain entity which every soul longs for but often doesn’t know how to keep once it is obtained. My imagination has been sparked by a book I have read about the second president of the U.S., John Adams. He is not recognized as often as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, yet he was…

Comfort and Encouragement

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. Acts 18:9-10 During this pandemic, I had many friends who…

Eternal Rewards

A few years ago, I invited two teenage girls over weekly to co learn how to cook. The first girl was eager to learn and was a joy to teach. After a few weeks, she presented me with a thank-you note and twenty-dollar gift card to a restaurant. The second girl didn’t like cooking very…

Trust During Fear

And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto…

Consecrated

Open a hymnal in nearly any English-speaking Protestant church today, and Frances Ridley Havergal’s name will appear on several of its pages. Why should a nineteenth century single woman who lived to be only forty-two years of age be so widely remembered? Born in Victoria England, Frances grew up in a home filled with music….