“Jude … come here, buddy.” I looked into the eyes of my toddler as he slowly walked toward me. I had just corrected him out of frustration in a tone that was too harsh — it was the first time I can remember doing so. I was filled with remorse as I looked at his forlorn little face, feeling like I had just completely failed in my motherhood journey.
God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.– A.W. TozerIt was early morning.
Chick flick.Gossip.Eat.Guy-talk.Repeat.For most of my teen years, this was the precise formula my friends and I followed every time we got together for a “girls’ night.” I attended many sleepovers and girl get-togethers that consisted of nothing but junk food, binge-watching movies, analyzing available guys, and gossiping about the latest romantic sagas unfolding around us.There
by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferLeslie Ludythe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin Howell
An Introduction from Leslie LudyOne of the most convicting statements I’ve ever read is “A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring” (John Tauler, as quoted in God’s Missionary, by Amy Carmichael). As Christians who are set apart for Jesus Christ, the ungodly sights and sounds of our culture should never feel “comfortable” to us.
The weighted ivory keys beckoned me closer. Accepting their invitation, I drew out the piano bench, arranged my sheet music, and arched my fingers slightly. As the first notes of Beethoven’s Für Elise lingered in the air, I was transported from the parlor to a place of soul that didn’t exist before I began piano lessons. Let it be known — I am far from a piano prodigy.
Create in me a clean heart, o God;and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10There it was again — that distracting heaviness that I just couldn’t explain. I sat staring at my open Bible, but the words were merely blurry lines on a page. I was attempting to have a quiet time, but spiritually I felt hollow and empty. With a sigh, I closed the cover and whispered a si
Has anything taken a place in our heart that is reserved for One?There it was – another testimonial. Someone started taking a health supplement and within weeks their life was drastically changed for the better. For two years I had been taking this particular brand of supplement, hoping to see improvement in some of my long-term health issues.
The cozy living room was filled with the sound of cheerful conversation as people began to congregate in the quaint home. I found a seat near the piano and observed the eclectic mix of believers who had come together for this weekly time of worship, Scripture reading, fellowship, and prayer.
The path was well worn. And while not an intense hike, I did have to watch my step. As the back of my neck felt red with the beginning of a sunburn, I paused to grab a sip of water. That’s when I gasped.The view was incredible. How had I missed it?A friend and I had climbed a popular mountain but being slightly out of shape, my focus was on footfalls and not dying from a lack of oxygen.
Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Luke 2:11Each year and just in time for Christmas, my dear family gathers in the warmth of our cozy living room on a winter’s eve. The wood stove has been freshly stoked and the nostalgic scent of citrus and clove diffuses through the air as a fresh pomander dries on the mantle.