The Beatitudes Part 8

Persecuted for Righteousness “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so theyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 8”

The Currency of Christ

A Personal Testimony and Exhortation This is part of my story. No, all the specifics may not apply to you, but I pray it can exhort and remind you, dear brother or sister, of how He has brought us out of our “futile ways” into being called “holy” by the precious blood. “As obedient children,Continue reading “The Currency of Christ”

Happy Birthday Anna

It’s hard to describe what emotion was hitting as we were driving to Children’s Hospital last year on this day, knowing I was in labor 16 weeks too early. The best way to describe our mindset is that emotion was not the leader. Emotion was strangely lacking and the best way to describe it isContinue reading “Happy Birthday Anna”

The Holiness of Home

I used to be obsessed with the fact that ONLY Wyoming, Delaware could EVER be called my “home”. Stuck to tradition and the love for deep meaning, another place simply could never hold the depth of what my growing up life held. That had been challenged deeply at the age of 14 when my familyContinue reading “The Holiness of Home”

The Gift of Acceptance

Here is a short meditation Emily wrote about the joy of acceptance when following Jesus. It can only ever be sourced from a firm faith in a good God who is worthy of trust at all times. “Behold me, here I am; thy little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and all that is in my heart is thine.”Continue reading “The Gift of Acceptance”

My Greatest and Very Needed Embarrassment

I turned beet red. My stomach dropped to my toes and I shrunk in my seat. I had never been more embarrassed in my life! My Bible teacher had just used my homework as an example of “what not to do” in Doctrinal Canon Testing class. The paper I had been up late the nightContinue reading “My Greatest and Very Needed Embarrassment”

The Beatitudes Part 7

The Peacemakers “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 I tend to think of peace as a ceasefire. If you can keep people from firing at each other, you are keeping the peace. I am naturally skilled at this task. I can diffuse tension and diplomatically navigate conversations.Continue reading “The Beatitudes Part 7”

The Beatitudes Part 5

The Merciful “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Jesus gives an incredible statement about the merciful: “They shall receive mercy.” As those who know the gospel and have received mercy from the Lord, we can often gloss over this verse. Yet it truly is remarkable. Think about it: the mercyContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 5”

The Beatitudes Part 4

Those Who Hunger and Thirst “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 You know, eating healthy and living in a wholesome way of life takes an awful lot of effort. It’s not what our natural selves just long for. But we know it’s right and weContinue reading “The Beatitudes Part 4”