What does your home mean to you?
Perhaps its your place of refuge and security. Maybe its your greatest financial investment. You probably even spend countless hours making your home as beautiful, clean, and inviting as you possibly can.
You would never grab a sledge hammer and start knocking holes in the walls of your home just for the fun of it.
You would not intentionally tear down your home with your own hands.
And yet, Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”
I don’t think that the foolish woman intentionally sets out to tear her home down with her own hands. She can’t be THAT FOOLISH, right? And yet, whether she means to or not, home destroying is exactly what she does.
I am an avid reader.
I love to escape into other worlds, to experience things that I would never otherwise get to experience and to learn things I would never otherwise get to learn – all from the comfort of my own sofa.
Which is why I recently found myself browsing the Christian fiction section of my local library.
It feels so safe to choose a book off the Christian fiction shelf at the library. These are books that won’t have bad language, overt sex scenes, or promotion of bad morals, right?
So, I grabbed a book off the shelf. A book that is a New York Times Bestseller. A book that is advertised as being about a small town, and not overly romantic.
And I found myself captivated by a romance story that seemed so “innocent” and “safe”, yet ugly dangers were lurking right under the shiny cover.
Christmas and holidays and birthday parties and family celebrations and extended family vacations….
Do these words fill you with joyful expectations and warm fuzzies as you think about your extended family relationships?
Or, would you rather spend time with your dentist undergoing a root canal?
We choose our friends. We don’t choose our family members. But, for better or for worse, our family members seem to stick with us through life.
What can we do when family relationships go sour?
Yesterday, I told my Sunday School class that we were going to make “Christmas Finger Puzzles” for our craft.
They took one look at my finished example and told me that I was making was a “cootie catcher”.
No matter how often I tried to correct them, they insisted that these were “cootie catchers”. Apparently, in other places these little origami projects are also called “fortune tellers.”
Apart from the names, this is a really fun little Christmas project to work on.
Have you ever felt God calling you to step out in faith and obedience … only to be discouraged by the people that you thought would support you?
Have you ever been excited to obey God… only to find, halfway through the journey, that God seems distant and your soul is growing weary?
After stepping out in obedience to God, have you ever found yourself in a completely unexpected place, wondering if God really does have the situation in control?
There is risk in obedience to God. There is vulnerability in true worship. Obedience to God’s call to worship will set you apart, make you different from the people around you. True worship will open you up to derision and scoffing. Obedience will cost you time, energy, money, and even relationships.
But it will be worth any cost. Oh, will it be worth it!
Are you traveling to Grandma’s house for Christmas and need something to keep your kids occupied in the car? Do you need an activity to keep your kids busy while waiting for Christmas Eve dinner to cook? How about a fun project to keep restless kids entertained in downtime at school or church?
This adorable Christmas Notebook is perfect for all of those needs.
Do you ever feel like you have lost the joy and wonder of Christmas?
In the midst of too busy schedules and trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
This year, it can be different.
If you want to rediscover the joy and wonder of Christmas, the brand new Christmas Meditations Bible Study is for you.
May I get onto a personal soap box for just a moment?
Thanksgiving: It’s supposed to be a day to give thanks, right? I mean, it’s kind of like in the name… right?
But, far too often (at least in my family), all of the focus seems to be on the Turkey, the cranberry sauce, and maybe even football.
In fact, the current trend seems to be relabeling Thanksgiving as “Turkey Day”.
And, opening stores with “Black Friday” deals starting on Thanksgiving so that, instead of taking time to give thanks for what we have, we can rush out and try to find satisfaction in more stuff? I am not a fan.
What has happened to the concept of pausing to give thanks for all of the wonderful gifts that God has given to us? When did gratitude become a chore, something that we roll our eyes and do out of obligation before diving into the food?
Do we even know how to be grateful? Maybe it’s something we should spend some time thinking about and learning.
Because, here’s the amazing truth: Gratitude has some really surprising benefits!