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๐Ÿ‘‘ Plumb Line

From the back seat of the car, my nine-year-old girl asked her sister to pick up something in the front. โ€œI canโ€™t reach it,โ€ she replied jokingly, sitting in the front seat, of course. โ€œWhat?!โ€ the smaller one retorted. โ€œYour arm is as long as a cactus!โ€ We all burst out laughing. A cactus? What made her think of a cactus for comparing length? As the kids laughed and explained the humor to their little brother, I…

๐Ÿ‘‘ Safe

My eight-year-old slipped down the slope of the high, curb-less street and somehow caught herself before tumbling into the steep ditch. The innocent fun of walking with her eyes closed suddenly halted as she slid over that edge. A little shaken, she came over to my friend and me, and held our hands as we walked. I glanced to see if she needed a comforting word. To my surprise, she was firmly nestled between us, smiling, and…

๐Ÿ‘‘ All The Pieces

I stared at the Sudoku puzzle on the airplane. I knew a few rules, but apparently not the one that would help me solve it. Endless calculations resulted in endless variables, and at one point, it was impossible to go further. When I finally figured out the missing strategy, the puzzle went more easily. However, it continued to be a waiting game. I would run one calculation only to find I needed more calculations in order to…

๐Ÿ‘‘ Preparation

โ€œI have a philofosy,โ€ said my daughter, who still canโ€™t pronounce the word exactly right. โ€œI think God made these feathers more spread apart than the others so Penny can hear through them. See those others? Theyโ€™re thick and fluffy to keep her warm, but the ones that cover her ears are different.โ€ While observing her pet birdโ€™s feathers the last few months, my daughter has discovered the curious ways that God has uniquely prepared her bird…

๐Ÿ‘‘ My Favorite Teacher

With a car full of kids, we passed the long travel time with a Q&A game for the family. One card asked, โ€œWho is your favorite teacher?โ€ My six-year-old boy piped up, โ€œMy favorite teacher is mom!โ€ We all burst out laughing, because as a homeschooler, Iโ€™m pretty much his ONLY teacher. The poor kid doesnโ€™t have a choice! Of course, my children have plenty of other teachers outside of school: Sunday school teachers, online instructors, friends,…

๐Ÿ‘‘ Tenderly, Strategically

I ate my morning toast on the *mostly* clean floor, which seemed the best option this particular morning. Having just sprained my ankle in the driveway, my husband carried me inside and ferried the family to church. I wasnโ€™t too worried. Iโ€™ve sprained my ankle I-lost-count-how-many-times over the years playing soccer. But I realized when I finished my toast that I had forgotten something: how to move. Moving when youโ€™re injured is tricky business and not at…

๐Ÿ‘‘ Discerning The Will Of God

Discerning the will of God is no doubt a subject of universal interest among Christians. What believer hasnโ€™t sought the will of God in making the big decisions in life: โ€œWhere should I live?โ€ โ€œWhom should I marry?โ€ โ€œWhich job should I take?โ€ Then, wishing to please God in all things, we also seek to know His will in everyday areas of life: โ€œShould I buy a Chrysler or a Ford?โ€ โ€œWhat doctor should I see?โ€ โ€œWhich…

๐Ÿ‘‘ The Ministries Of Jesus And Paul

The below chart identifies the chief differences in the ministries and message of Jesus and Paul. Each will be analyzed. Differences of the Ministries of Jesus and Paul Jesus: Paul: 1. Preached the gospel of the kingdom 1. Preached the gospel of the grace of God 2. Defined the โ€œkingdom of heavenโ€ as Israelโ€™s prophetic earthly kingdom 2. Defined the โ€œkingdom of heavenโ€ as the heavenly position of the body of Christ 3. Presented Himself as Messiah…

๐Ÿ‘‘ Overcoming Depression Biblically And Naturally

The Bible has much to say about depression; interestingly, the causes and solutions are not what are commonly thought in Christian circles. This article will offer insights that may help erase the stigma associated with depression and to see it in a new light. When seen correctly, there is no more stigma or shame associated with depression than any other illness. For those afflicted with depression, please understand you are not alone in your feelings, not going…