{Joy Day 14} Holding Fast to the Word of Life

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.  Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.  Likewise you also should be ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 13} God Who Works in You

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13, emphasis added This might be the most joyous phrase in Scripture:  God who works in you {me}.   Every morning I make my to do list and every evening I realize all I didn't accomplish ... as a wife, a mom, a friend, a teacher, a ... [Read More]

Construction Zone: Seeking Justice

August 21, 2005 Every time I read this chapter I am reminded of speaking in Chapel at SBU on verse 9.  Lord, forgive me!  I had such a great opportunity to be a witness for You .. and instead I was selfish and rebellious.  How I wish I could go back and change that. Justice is joy to the godly, but it causes dismay among evildoers.  Proverbs 21:15 In what ways do I actively promote justice in my home, work and community? I generally try to promote justice in most things.  I am weakest at home – ... [Read More]

Confessions of a Recovering Know-it-All

Ten years ago ... I had a four-month old. I had never taught a Bible study class. I only had a dream of writing a book ... but no clue what it would be about. I *knew* a whole lot of stuff. I was quick to give an opinion. I was long to hold a grudge. I felt the need to defend myself. I was big on truth and small on grace. Today ... I have a ten-year-old. I've taught more Bible studies than I can count and written over 15 to teach in my church. I have a ... [Read More]