Nurturing A Quiet Heart

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of…

How Deep The Father’s Love

I have an amazing Dad. Just the other day, I was reflecting on him and on all the lessons he has taught me. So many life lessons are learned without our realization until we are grown and have raised our own children. My Dad is a military man, having had a career in the Air…

Are You Willing to Pray?

Now Saul was consenting to his [Stephen’s] death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he…

Count it Joy!

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke….

A Worthwhile Winter

Winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is decidedly cold. Daylight is short and the dark of night seems long. The bright colors of spring and summer have long since faded, and the bronze tones of harvest have been reduced to dull brown. The seasons we associate with new growth and productivity…

God’s Timing is Best

God has such an amazing sense of humor! This passage tells the “rest of the story,” and highlights the frustration of the religious leaders of that time. Take some time and outline the opinions and emotions of the characters: the high priest (possibly Caiaphas from John 11:49), the Angel of the Lord, the officers, the…

Trusting God Amid Disappointed Expectations

I have settled in my heart the issue of God’s sovereignty, by His grace. My husband and I have been through several trials and we know firsthand that God is in absolute control of our lives. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things and by him all things consist.” Psalm 33:11 also tells us,…

Are You Skipping School?

When I was a child, I liked going to school. In general, school was a pleasant place to be. I liked to read, and for the most part, the subject matter didn’t seem too difficult. But when I didn’t have to go anymore, that was fine with me. After completing the amount of schooling that…

I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Some lessons are just hard to learn. It often seems as if I can never do it right. Sure, you may not see it. From the outside, I look like a fun, loving person who gets along with everyone—even perfect strangers! But on the inside, it’s a different story. I have my own agenda and…

The Choice is Yours

Many trials enter our lives without our permission or invitation. Some events are the consequences of sin while others arrive as unwelcome, seemingly unnecessary intrusions. A simple but thoughtless comment, a careless act or an annoying repetition can set our emotions spinning. Other trials are life changing, turning our world upside down. Whether simple or…