Author: Merrill Noble

Contagious Compassion

Contagious Compassion

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12) This Fall, our Sunday School families are exploring what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world through Illustrated Ministry Compassion Camp. The endless options of the program are allowing our families […]

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

“My son, don’t think the Lord’s discipline of you is worth nothing. And don’t stop trying when the Lord corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves. (Hebrews 12:5-6) Last Friday, my husband Chris and I welcomed an 11-week-old Corgi puppy into our home. Along with moving to the land of palm trees, getting a […]

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

My family of origin has given me the unofficial role of being the family historian. Upon the deaths of my paternal grandmother and then my mother, I received boxes and trunks filled with unsorted ancestral treasures. While this wholeheartedly satisfied my personal interest, curiosity and need for order, the endless decisions about what to keep […]

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) There is an expression, “Stop the world, I want to get off.” And there is a song […]

Family Friday: You Can Do Hard Things

Family Friday: You Can Do Hard Things

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) Over the last few months, I’ve discovered I have a really hard time following through with my own promise to start and have dinner ready on time. I love to cook, especially in my newly renovated kitchen, but I can’t seem to adopt […]

Family Friday: Celebrating Milestones

Family Friday: Celebrating Milestones

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance. (Exodus 12:14) I took a moment to scroll through my Facebook feed this week, and I didn’t get far before I saw pictures of […]

Family Friday: The Prayer Chair

Family Friday: The Prayer Chair

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35) In the spring of 1994, I attended a three-day-weekend devoted to learning more about living the Christian life. While there, I discovered that before I could share […]

Family Friday: Making Lemonade

Family Friday: Making Lemonade

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5, NRSV) It’s 4th of July weekend! […]

Building Sandcastles

Building Sandcastles

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because […]

Family Friday: Be Still

Family Friday: Be Still

“God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (International Children’s Bible) My favorite movie is The Sound of Music. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have seen it, but enough to know the words to every song. In the song How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, the […]

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