Nothing Wasted

My grandmother often told me stories of living through the depression. When I steamed the nice white paper from some of the gifts at my wedding shower so that I could reuse it to wrap my bridesmaids’ gifts, my parents laughed and said that I take after my grandma. While that was over 20 years ago now, I still find myself not a fan of waste. God isn’t into waste either. Nothing we do for Him is useless. Even when something doesn’t work out right and it seems we’ve wasted our time, money, or talents, God uses our efforts in ways we cannot begin to understand in this life. When …

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Hi All! First I want to welcome so many new subscibers! Congratulations to Sarah Arbah for winning a free copy of First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree. I’m going to be giving a way a free book every month to my awesome blog subscribers so stay tuned and watch for your name to be selected! Recently my teenage daughter asked me for something new. I told her we wouldn’t be purchasing it, and she needed to be content with what she had. Her response was, “I am content… but I just want more.” I laughed with her and told her she needed to revisit the definition of contentment. The …

Flickers of Grace

Last year my son left for his first year of college. After being away for a few months, he came home on the spur of the moment to surprise his little sister on her thirteenth birthday. When we sent her to the kitchen to get the cake, he jumped out and hugged her. Overcome with emotion, she clung to him and cried. My other daughter captured it on video, and I have to admit I’ve watched it quite a few times. (Okay, maybe like thirty!) It makes me emotional to see my kids growing up and loving each other so fiercely, especially in light of the years of arguing and …