Devotional

Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

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Encouraging: Reaching Out to Others Costs Us Nothing

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

Devotional · Stay Sane

Loyal: Pursuing Steadfastness in Our Relationships

In times of stress, we tend to isolate ourselves from everyone and everything. But we need to be loyal to our relationships, our word, and our lives, portraying the steadfastness of Jesus.  The little break between Christmas and New Years can be disorienting. What day is this? When did I shower last? I know I bought… Continue reading Loyal: Pursuing Steadfastness in Our Relationships

Devotional · Stay Sane

Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last

The loss of a friendship can feel like death, especially when it ends in a hurtful way. But all of us change, and some friendships last for only a season.  We were supposed to grow old together. Raise our children together. Experience joy and laughter together. But it didn’t happen the way I had envisioned.… Continue reading Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last