The Shunammite Woman: Faith in God’s Life-giving Power

A short story in the Old Testament tells how a simple woman with a generous heart grew in faith after witnessing God work a miracle in her life. God’s faithfulness to his word led her to boldly request another miracle later on, as she faced the uncertainty of death and loss. Her intensified conviction providesContinue reading “The Shunammite Woman: Faith in God’s Life-giving Power”

Resurrecting Buried Treasure

Hidden torments sometimes yield tragedy. The world witnessed this earlier this summer when, within a week’s span, we lost two luminaries to suicide, fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. I hate it whenever I hear that someone chose to end his or her life; it breaks me up thinking about their painContinue reading “Resurrecting Buried Treasure”

Enjoy the Freedom of Your Redemption

You’ll never defeat this. My mind recites this line like a broken record when ugly, deceptive sin threatens to trap me in its patterns. Because God has rescued me from my former way of living, I know I need to stop engaging in behavior that defies his will, and live in the way that pleasesContinue reading “Enjoy the Freedom of Your Redemption”

Why We Need to Fight for the Families in Our Communities

Our oldest son came to our family through adoption and, as a gift we don’t take for granted, enjoys a strong and affectionate relationship with his birth mother. To the best of his 7-year-old capacity, he understands that she made a difficult decision to offer him the greatest care possible through a secure family environment,Continue reading “Why We Need to Fight for the Families in Our Communities”

Just As I Am: Accepting Our Limitations

“I’m just a mom.” “I’m just an employee.” “I’m just an introvert.” These statements downplay who we are or what we do. Maybe it’s intended to show humility. Maybe it’s masking feelings of inadequacy. Maybe it’s just an excuse. Though we use it as an understatement, no one truly wants to be “just” anything; itContinue reading “Just As I Am: Accepting Our Limitations”