Category: Encouragement

Blinded, but Not Blind

I’ve been blinded, both in the dark and in the light, recently. First, I decided to take the back road home after enjoying a day at my daughter’s house. I’d lingered longer than normal, and left later than I usually do. I contemplated driving the hour-and-a-half trip on the freeway since I wouldn’t be able to see the scenery anyway,  but I decided to stick with the country route. It […]

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Into Another Year

I used to scorn printed Christmas letters — until I had six children. Then I realized that writing one letter and making copies of it was the only way I would ever get a letter written to everyone we wanted to send our love to each year. The first letters were filled with stories of the bizarre and endearing things our kids did and said. Then, as my children became better photographers […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 29: The Hero of the Story

The story of David, Nabal, and Abigail is quickly coming to a close. First we met the main characters of the story. Then we watched things quickly turn into a crisis when Nabal refuses to help David and David uncharacteristically reacts with plans for murderous revenge. We watched while one lone man turns to Abigail for a solution, and then we observed this remarkable woman move into action and ride […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 28: Back to Nabal

So what has Nabal been up to all this time — while his wife hurries to save his life? Has he even noticed her absence? While she is gathering food for an army, riding a donkey toward who-knows-what, and appealing to her future king to put aside his murderous plans, what is Nabal doing? He’s getting drunk. The inspired author of this account doesn’t waste much time on Nabal at […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 25: Abigail’s Encouragement

First food. Then a beautiful woman at his feet. David, sword strapped to his side, stops, listens, and reconsiders. Abigail sees him soften. She keeps on talking and David keeps on listening. In my past readings of this chapter, I’ve always pictured Abigail rushing around gathering food, a bit panicky, and talking fast and a little more high-pitched than normal when she finally meets up with David. Maybe it’s because […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 8: But

It’s important to pay attention to the little words when we read. Take the word but, for example. This little word is important! We want to always pay attention to what happens on both sides of but! It introduces us to contrasts, to changes of direction, to things we didn’t know about until but suddenly appears. Assignment: Pray before you start, knowing that you will not really understand what you read and […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 3: David

David, along with Saul and Samuel, is one the key characters in the book of 1 Samuel. The book traces his life as a shepherd, a giant-slayer, an anointed king, and a fugitive hunted down by a jealous monarch. The first book of Samuel ends with the death of Saul, bringing to a close the years of David’s life before he reigned over Israel. To become better acquainted with both […]

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Continue in What You Have Learned…

morning-bible

My phone alarm wakes me up each morning. After I turn off the alarm, I usually read something to help me wake up. For some reason, it’s way easier to check Instagram or Facebook or my email than it is to start reading the Bible :-/. But I can’t handle what’s going on in the world (or in my own life, for that matter) without the perspective that God’s Word offers. My […]

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How to Find Time to Reach Their Hearts

beautiful african woman talking to her son on white background

Does the problem this mother describes sound familiar to any other mamas out there? “My first concern is about leading children to repentance over a specific sin. How do you find the time? With a large family, I barely start with one child before another child sins and a line begins to form. More like a crowd of crying, fussing, accusing children. At that point, I feel overwhelmed and usually […]

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Facing the Unknown

I read them while I stood at the counter, paying my bill… I had been awake since 3:30 that morning, in the semi-conscious state that leaves you awake enough to rehearse everything that might ever go wrong, but not awake enough to pray and remember God’s faithfulness. In the dark I’d reviewed it all. How we’ve been out of our house for a whole year now, and still haven’t run […]

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