What If The Shoe’s On The Other Foot?

What if someone is harboring bitterness – against you? If they are angry with you and unwilling to discuss or reconcile, what then? What if you have tried to understand and apologize for what you’ve done to offend them, and they only heap more accusations...

Walking With A Bitter Friend

I can think of few things more draining than hanging out with someone who is mired in bitterness. When I remember where I was, back in that pit, I am still amazed and grateful for the ones who listened to me and my kind husband who loved and encouraged me. But I also...

A New Year of Fresh Beginnings

Author Donald S. Whitney did a guest blog post on crossway.org in which he listed ten questions to ponder in the new year: The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in...

All About Love

We are full into the busy season of Christmas. Last night we hosted our third Christmas party. This coming week the college students will be coming home and many are making plans to travel to loved ones. There are goodies to bake and presents to buy and wrap....

Perspective

This coming week may be the busiest I’ve been in many months. Every night is something: a meeting, a party, a dinner I’m hosting. The days are full as well and I have some important deadlines looming. My first instinct was to make a detailed list and my...

Another Path to Bitterness

It was a wonderful weekend. We had nationally-known speaker and author Nancy Guthrie come to our church and speak on Trusting God. She told us of her journey to know God more and understand why He ordains suffering. She experienced terrible personal tragedy and wanted...

Expect Tests And Obstacles

Life is hard sometimes. This past week was difficult; I had my feelings hurt, was disappointed in some, angry at others. Several small things piled up and caused me to feel discouraged. I got my eyes off Jesus and onto myself. I wallowed in some self-pity and...

What Forgiveness is NOT

I was introduced to a young woman at an event and we began chatting. I asked about her life and background and she shared the difficulties she had been through in her childhood. A harsh stepfather had caused her much pain growing up and she had left home as soon as...

Forgiveness: A Journey

I recently read an excellent article on forgiveness. It was full of good reminders and one thing jumped out that I wanted to ponder further. Forgiveness is often a long journey, not a quick one-time destination. Maybe little things are easy to forgive, maybe people...

Throw Off Everything That Entangles!

This summer our sunday school class read through Dr. Rob Reimer’s excellent book Pathways to the King. It is full of rich exhortations and steps to greater intimacy with God and I highly recommend it. The last chapter is Persist and the author references Hebrews...