I think sometimes we forget that our husbands and children are God’s people. We serve others outside our home with such enthusiasm and generosity but can have a begrudging attitude about the people we claim to love most in this world. Our tendency to this, I believe, is because we don’t get any recognition for doing our work day in and day out. We do what we have to do because we have to do it. When others outside our homes need help, we do it because we love Christ, yes, but there’s also an element of feeling good about ourselves. Often, I tend to do better for near-strangers than my own household.
The Parable of the Sower is still very applicable today. Our hearts can become distracted, blocking the good work God is trying to do in us. We must work to make Him first in our lives! Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the… Continue reading Distracted: Changing the Soil in Our Hearts to Allow God’s Good Work
Sin can be sneaky. Especially in our minds. We must run, flee from anything that tempts us into allowing sexual sin power. As women, we have been really sneaky about making men feel alone in their struggle against sexual sin. I don’t know how it happened, but it seems that men are just assumed to… Continue reading Run: Fleeing from Anything that Stimulates Youthful Lusts
Judgmental attitudes can get in the way of the Lord’s work in our own hearts. Judging others is not our job, we must take on a posture of mercy. I was walking in my neighborhood on a beautiful, sunny day. It was a great reprieve from the winter gloom and rain, so naturally, a lot… Continue reading Judging: Taking A Posture of Mercy Toward Our Neighbors
Desiring to obey the Lord is a natural response to our new identity in Him. We don’t need to fear discipline for it is a natural action of love from our Heavenly Father. I have a wall hanging in my bathroom that has the famous verse from Joshua on it. It reads: HOME, home is… Continue reading Obey: Accepting Loving Discipline in Our New Identity
Day to day tasks and work can feel unfulfilling, causing exhaustion. We must persevere through negative attitudes to continue serving God’s Kingdom. Don’t grow tired of doing good… I know it’s easier said than done. I know because I’m exhausted with it. Exhausted I’m exhausted from homeschooling my children so they will be trained in… Continue reading Work: Persevering Through Exhaustion to Serve God’s Kingdom
Reaching out and encouraging others can feel like we are being a bother. The opposite is quite true: we are giving strength to weary people who need it. Discouragement was weighing heavily on me. It was the week before Christmas and I had done very little to prepare. For the previous 7 weeks, my husband… Continue reading Encouraging: Reaching Out to Others Costs Us Nothing