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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: Good Company

Family Friday: Good Company

Bad company corrupts good character. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Whatever we surround ourselves with feeds our spirit, our thoughts, and our emotions. During this time of such unrest and unknown, we are surrounded by negativity. Have you ever noticed that you feel physically drained after being in a pessimistic conversation or group? Our emotional health is […]

Purging My Shelves

Purging My Shelves

By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How could we sing the Lord’s […]

Through the Doldrums

Through the Doldrums

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Connecting with kids, siblings, and relatives through Facetime or phone is something we do almost every day. “Hey, how’s it going,” we ask. “Fine,” is the reply. […]

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: Let It Go

Family Friday: Let It Go

Be Still. Let go, and Let God (Psalm 46:10) Are you a planner? I am. My entire adult life I have grappled with the illusion of control. I plan ahead, create contingency plans, a backup for my backup, and rely on calendars to help keep me on track and focused. One of the many things […]

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 Right Choice

Family Friday: The Right Choice

With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Over the last few weeks, families have been faced with overwhelming decisions regarding school for their children for this coming fall. The wonderful thing […]

Family Friday: Be Fruitful with Our Words

Family Friday: Be Fruitful with Our Words

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose. (Proverbs 18:21) There are certain phrases that have become ingrained into my regular vocabulary, either in my personal experience or my experience as an educator. Growing up we are all taught, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything […]

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! […]