Do Not Fear in the Face of Change
Jul 19, 2016We tend to gravitate toward the predictable and familiar, and to fear change. A few things, though, are strong enough to hold and carry us through any change.
King of Kings, Sorrow of Sorrows
Mar 24, 2016When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed the lament of laments. It was the beginning of his agony for us, and an example for all who would suffer in his name.
Three Gifts We Need, But Hate to Receive
Mar 10, 2016We all love to receive a gift, but lots of God’s good gifts are not the kinds we would ask for. Here are three we need, but rarely invite: obstacles, suffering, and irritation.
Theology That Comforts the Weary Soul
Jan 28, 2016The doctrine of God’s sovereignty is an important one to study and learn during the calm seasons of life.
The Savior’s Tears Shed for Yours
Oct 7, 2015Once during morning devotions, I asked my children, “What are some verses in the Bible that give you hope?” One of them squirmed, “I don’t know . . . ” Then a silly grin spread across his face. “Wait,” he…
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. And these roles are integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015This book now appears in print under the title Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in…
Rejected by Men, Even Our Friends
Jul 8, 2015Wounds from a friend can hurt much more than those from an enemy. It’s the kind of pain that cuts deep. It’s a wound that aches and throbs and is slow to heal. The rejection’s unexpected, and therefore worse —…
When God Interrupts Your Plans
May 13, 2015It’s hard to see all the little frustrating events and interruptions in our day as divinely placed opportunities to grow in grace, but they are.
Moms Need Theology Too
Mar 18, 2015Moms, theology isn’t just for pastors, teachers, and professors; it’s for you too. And it’s not for another stage of life. It’s vital for you right here, right now, in the trenches of your daily life as a mom.
Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God
Feb 10, 2015Real love isn’t something you can measure by counting up cards and gifts. The love God has for us is beyond numbers and can’t be tallied.
Trading Fear for Fear
Jan 9, 2015Scripture has a lot to say about fear. If we were to look up the word “fear” in our English Bibles, we’d find hundreds of occurrences. Yet in the Bible, not all fear is the same...
God Writes a Great Story
Nov 5, 2014Scripture gives us the backstory of this world, and a vision of where we’re headed. God tells us how the world came to be, how sin came into the Garden, and what God is doing about it. It’s a story we need to remember.
The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope
Nov 4, 2014Are you mom enough? The cover of Time Magazine asked this haunting question in bold red letters that hung over the startling image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands it re-ignited a longstanding mommy…
One Question God Always Answers
Oct 7, 2014Just as my children ask questions about life, I have questions of my own. When the storms of life come upon me suddenly, I immediately ask, “Why is this happening to me?”
The Cure for Our Envy
Sep 10, 2014While our love for Jesus ebbs and flows and is often fickle, his love is constant and unwavering. When we find our heart wandering in envy, we need to remember and return to him, the One who is always jealous for his Bride.
The Joy Will Come
Aug 4, 2014The psalms of lament echo our own struggles with loss and brokenness. But the truth is, these psalms do more than just vent our woes. The psalmist follows a trajectory. He is on a journey, and it’s one we can follow as well.
Preparing for the Storms of Life
Jun 25, 2014Where I live it is hurricane season. And like anyone familiar with the Atlantic or Caribbean knows, it’s important to be prepared for a hurricane. Every summer we stock up on supplies of batteries, water, canned goods, and other necessities…
Hope for the Despairing Heart
May 9, 2014The gospel saved me. “That’s elementary,” you might be thinking. Yes, the gospel, the truths of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, appropriated by faith, have saved me for all eternity. But that’s not the salvation about which I am thinking.…
Show Your Kids the Glory
May 3, 2014Psalm 145:4–7 is a beautiful Scriptural summary of our responsibility as parents. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will…
Speak the Truth to Yourself
Apr 9, 2014I woke up sick that morning. “I’ll never make it to the end of the day,” I muttered to myself. My husband was due to leave town for work. “How am I going to manage the kids while feeling like…
Four Things to Teach Your Children This Easter
Apr 1, 2014Spring is upon us. Flowers are beginning to bud, leaves are reappearing on trees, and birds are building their nests. Signs and decorations herald the arrival of our favorite season when we walk into local stores. Bags of plastic eggs…
When Distractions Keep Us from Our Kids
Feb 7, 2014“Mom. Mom. Mom!” I looked up at my son. “I’m sorry. What?” I asked. “Did you hear anything I said?” “No,” I admitted. “I think you are addicted to your phone,” he remarked. Justifications and excuses lingered on the tip…
Don’t Waste Time with Your Children
Jan 15, 2014“Do you think you’ll always want a story and snuggle time before bed?” I asked my youngest child. Lying amid piles of his stuffed animals, books, and favorite blankets, my son turned to me and smiled. “No, Mom. Probably not.”…