The Un-Valentine

What did your Valentine’s Day look like? Expectations run high on that special day. Flowers? A red heart-shaped satin box of candy? A candle-lit dinner at your favorite restaurant? Or a hand-crafted treasure? We all want to know that we’re cherished. And the florists, card shops, retailers, and restaurants are ready to offer assistance. On the […]

Walking with Jesus through 2017

 “God’s eternal love for us is the fountain from whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God; […]

Who Am I?

This week we’re sharing a testimony written by a 20-year-old college student who was floundering regarding her identity as both a young woman and as a believer before she began to work through The Cry of the Hidden Heart with a mentor.  Four weeks into the study, the fog started to lift as once again […]

PeaceMAKERS? or PeaceKEEPERS?

I used to look down my nose (literally) at those “Co-Exist” bumper stickers because my mind has always gone to the big push for tolerance — tolerance of every stripe and color and doctrine. In other words, line up all your belief systems on the shelf and pick one; they’re all equal. But lately, it’s […]

A Memorable Gift

 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. And through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” II Corinthians 2:14 If you haven’t yet found that perfect gift for your beloved or other dear ones, here’s a thought: a fragrance. I understand this is not a new […]

From Rust to Riches

As I walked into the “Rusted Chandelier” last week I was met with an overwhelming sense of intimidation and fear. First of all, the shop’s name belies its wares; there is no rusted chandelier. The shiny baubles and sparkles, twinkling lights and my favorite, the rows and rows of gorgeous ribbons, were fabulous. But at […]

Your Choice: Victim or Victor

Part II

We pick up Susan and Bill’s story where we left off last week. While Susan had been totally pre-occupied with her significant health issues, her fears had caused their twenty-year marriage to be put on hold. Feeling like a failure as a husband unable to fix his wife (as he had been his family of […]

Your Choice: Victim or Victor

Part I

We only have to recall the Genesis account of the lightning-like speed with which that first marriage dissolved from marital bliss into betrayal to realize that relationships are fragile—especially marriage relationships. The splintering can take many forms, but sooner or later, blaming sets in. Lysa TerKeurst wrote, “It is impossible to hold up the banners […]

Wanted: PR Agents!

Have you ever thought of yourself as a PR agent? As the Catholic writer Joseph Bottum observed, we live in an anxious age. And right at the top of the list for many is anxiety over the sustainability of the institution of marriage. The word has gone out over the air waves that marriage is […]