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I think it would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been quite the year. While this year has gone differently than any of us planned, I hope you can look back and see God’s hand at work in your life throughout it all. This Christmas season may look different from years past. We […]

A Thrill Of Hope

As Christmas approaches, I find myself filled with excitement as I think about ideas regarding how to make the season magical for my children. What presents should I buy? How should I decorate the house? What traditions do I want to start for my children? I find myself quickly slipping into the more worldly aspects […]

A Different Kind of Christmas List

My husband’s birthday is one week before Christmas. One of our first holiday seasons together as newlyweds, we were having dinner with his family celebrating his birthday early in December. As everyone was nearly finished eating, his brother announced he thought we should just go ahead and celebrate Christmas together…that night. My incredibly cool, easy-going, […]

The Perfect Christmas Plan

I love watching The Great British Baking Show. Baking is relaxing for me, but watching other people bake beautiful treats I’ve never heard of whilst discussing the process in English accents is even more relaxing. Each week the bakers are presented with a technical challenge. One week the technical challenge was to make an angel […]

The Secret Ingredient For Peace

Recently someone told me what her parents were enduring. They had spent 45 years on three different mission fields—India, Hong Kong, and Suriname, learning a new language in each location. Raising five children, they never had money to put away, so at age 70, they retired to subsidized housing in Florida. Now they were experiencing […]

Grief for Glory

“What does this verse mean to you?” I have been in numerous Bible studies where this question has been asked. But is this really the question we should be asking when studying God’s Word? If not, what kind of questions should we be asking?

Is There a Wrong Way to Study the Bible?

Part 5 of 5Digging Deeper – SoilsDigging Deeper – Soil Series Week 5 Before digging in to The Good Soil check out weeks 1-4 here . Luke describes the good soil in this way: “But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold” (Luke 8:8). The use of the phrase […]

The Good Soil

Part 4 of 5Digging Deeper – SoilsDigging Deeper – Soil Series Week 4 Before digging in to The Thorny Ground check out weeks one and two here . As we have seen in our previous blogs, the parable of the four soils addresses the different responses people have to God’s word, the “seed.” The first […]

The Thorny Ground

Part 3 of 5Digging Deeper – SoilsDigging Deeper – Soil Series Week 3 Before digging in to The Rocky Soil check out weeks one and two here . For the first twelve years of our marriage, my husband and I were renters. Before moving to our current home, we rented a nice townhome with a […]

The Rocky Soil

Part 2 of 5Digging Deeper – SoilsDigging Deeper – Soil Series Week 2 A few weeks ago we offered an overview and infographic on the Parable of the Four soils here. Now we want to take the next 4 weeks to dig deeper and take a closer look at this parable. This is an important […]

The Hard Ground

The thought, “Is that what 34 is supposed to look like?” went surging through my thoughts as I stared at the Instagram photo before me. The influencer had just turned 34 and naturally had to post about how gorgeous she looked on her birthday. I turned 34 recently, and instead of looking like a mature woman, […]

Combating Jealousy

My husband told me he wanted to stop looking at porn but told me he needed my help.

The Pornography Battle in Your Marriage

Check out Part I of this series for clues found in scripture on dealing with anxiety-related depression. From Personal Experience

Dealing With Anxiety-Related Depression: Part II

Recently, for a few years, I struggled under the weight of anxiety-related depression. This was already the most prevalent mental disorder in the United States before Covid-19, so it’s very likely that you or someone that you know is struggling with it now. My hope is that sharing my experience will provide encouragement for those […]

Dealing With Anxiety-Related Depression: Part I

July 31, 2006 was a hard day. As I watched the screen, I searched intently for that blinking heartbeat which would give me peace of mind that the bleeding I had during the previous weekend was nothing to worry about. However, my doctor looked at me with compassionate, pain-filled eyes and said, “I am so sorry.”  

The Helmet of Salvation

A few years ago, I got the chance to work for the state fair in South Carolina. A friend of mine is the supervisor for one of the main buildings at the Fairgrounds. Basically, she’s in charge of all the submissions for the homemade items. The quilts, crafts, and baked goods come to her building […]

Ribbons and Mints: What the State Fair Can Teach Us About God’s Word

Like so many others the world over, our family has been experiencing a time of significant testing since my husband was furloughed from his job in mid-March. The ramifications of sudden job loss have been numerous, and I’d be lying if I said we weren’t stressed. In an attempt to get our minds off the […]

Pinning Our Hopes on Eternity

We have attempted a garden for many years and we usually call it a “learning experience” because frankly, we have had mixed results. But, there is something about trying again and hoping for that bountiful harvest of overflowing baskets full of beautiful, shiny produce. This year, we were highly motivated because we thought we may […]

Contemplations of Quarantine: Ten Lessons from the Garden

As parents, it can feel as if the list of what we need to teach our children can be long and arduous. This perhaps became even more apparent this Spring when parents were suddenly thrown into teaching their children at home with little to no preparation. It falls on our shoulders to consider our children’s […]

Teach Them in the Way of Wisdom

Lessons From Philippians Chapter 4 The Apostle Paul speaks to common culprits of an abundant life in Philippians 4, in a passage that has been called Paul’s “recipe for conflict resolution”. (Hendricks, 96) These verses are packed with specific solutions and allow us to consider and decide how we are going to respond to difficulty, […]

Abundant Life is a Choice

For years I struggled with having a daily prayer habit. The whole thing just really intimidated me. What do I say? How do I stay focused? What would the Creator of the Universe possibly want to hear from me anyway? After learning about this guide and putting it into practice I now look forward to […]

How To Pray In 4 Easy Steps Plus A Printable Guide

My favorite hobby is gardening. I find it so rewarding to watch something small and unimpressive grow and develop into something vibrant and flourishing! But gardening takes patience, something I sorely lack. I bristle when I receive the dreaded answers of “wait,” “maybe,” or “I’m not sure.” I don’t want to wait for a decision. […]

Wait…and See

I really like that song that came out recently with lyrics that say “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” by the artist Plumb. A friend of mine disagreed whole-heartedly. This has been on my mind since then. I say that because I’ve found myself lately feeling like a liar when friends or acquaintances ask how […]

No, I’m Not Okay – Thanks For Asking

Last year, New York passed a bill expanding the right for legal abortions into the third trimester. Other states are now seeking to follow in their footsteps and pass similar legislation. This bill allows abortions of fully developed babies up to birth. Those advocating for the bill have admitted that it would even allow the […]

Puah and Shiphrah
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