The Grace of Waiting

The Grace of Waiting

We live in an age where we're a bit spoiled by instant gratification and the availability of quick fixes. But quick fixes don't always come easily. And instant answers can prevent the gracious discipline of "waiting" that is an instructive work of God and is useful in training in righteousness (1 Timothy 4:6-16; Hebrews 12:11). I've said before that waiting is good. And waiting is just where we are right now.

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Rare Diseases and God’s Glory

Rare Diseases and God’s Glory

It's three thirty in the morning and every time he stops breathing I check to see if his chest is moving. He had his Plasma Exchange treatment today and it's left him so weak he can barely lift his head. A little more than a week ago, he was still walking and serving as my protector and strong husband. Since then, I've seen him loaded into an ambulance twice, bundled like a baby to transfer to another bed, by men who easily lifted his depleted body. Although he's lost the ability to even physically sense the most basic bodily functions, has partial paralysis and much pain, his disposition has never wavered: Gratitude.

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Bringing the World to Our Hospital Room

Bringing the World to Our Hospital Room

A week ago, we made our way to the Emergency Room. Prince Edward Island and the friends we made there seem so very far away now. The days are running together and blending into one long endless stream of medical routines. I'm glad they write the day of the week on the white board in his hospital room; I frequently have to check it to verify that unit of time.

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Posting From a Hospital Bed

Posting From a Hospital Bed

As I type this post, we're spending some time in a Neurology hospital in Dallas, Texas, and we'd be grateful for your prayers. I'm typing this in the late night hours, from LeRoy's hospital room. I don't know how often I can post, it's hard to even find time to eat, but I wanted to reach out to you because we need you right now.

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The Hunger that Brings Freedom

The Hunger that Brings Freedom

In Jesus’ first public sermon, He gave us the “blessed” message. That message includes one of the sweetest promises of Scripture: “Blessed are the pure in heart—for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). In Matthew 5:6 there is another promise that is a companion to the purity in heart blessing: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

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The Mindset that Develops Purity of Heart

The Mindset that Develops Purity of Heart

When I was a student at OBU, a friend and I came to Hot Springs and decided to go to the movies. Now, I’ve never been a fan of horror movies, and have never made it through one. For those of you who know me, you know that I can actually embarrass people who sit beside me during an action packed scene at the theatre. I get pretty involved if there’s an intense scene and have been known to get a little loud. Well, maybe a lot loud. Like Screaming.

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Pure Hearted Vision

Pure Hearted Vision

Are you the one standing in a group when a word or reference is made, maybe a slightly dirty joke or innuendo is used, and you don’t have a clue what everyone is laughing about? Don’t be embarrassed by the fact that you’re clueless, be glad that your mind isn’t filled with garbage, so it makes sense that you can’t relate to something that seems like it’s in a different language. Maybe you just can’t understand because you’ve got that purity of heart that Matthew 5 talks about.

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Plunging into Purity!

Plunging into Purity!

I’ve got an idea for a new invention. Keep it “top secret” because I may want to patent it and get an exclusive deal with LifeWay to market this!

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How a Reverent Woman Guards Her Conversations

How a Reverent Woman Guards Her Conversations

It was the neighbor ladies’ typical gab session, and it must’ve been getting pretty juicy because my grandmother shooed me out of the house promptly when she noticed my wide eyed interest in what they were saying. It made quite an impression on me. I remember her distinctly saying, “You’re too young to be listening to this!” and she pushed me out the door into the hot summer sun on the front porch.

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A Reverent Woman is Not a Slanderer

A Reverent Woman is Not a Slanderer

We’ve all experienced the damage that slander can bring. Probably everyone reading this post has been impacted, in some measure, due to slander. It may not even be that we’ve been personally slandered—perhaps our parents, our husband, our pastor even, has been the target for slander . . . and that has resulted in a course change for our lives. We’re continuing in our study of Titus 2:3 and have reached a word of instruction that every woman needs to hear loud and clear:

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Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

When I was on a prayer call with a friend this week, she mentioned that she was needing to make an important decision, but she didn’t want her decision to be influenced in any way by fearing how people would view her decision. I’m so glad that she is conscious of that and is watchful for that. The fear of our peer’s opinions is a trap we must watch out for—daily. It’s important to understand what it means to “fear the Lord” because if we’re not functioning under an active practice of fearing God—we will be making decisions driven by other fears. Below are a few that are a common struggle:

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A Reverent Woman Walks in the Fear of God

A Reverent Woman Walks in the Fear of God

Even uttering the words “the fear of the Lord” brings a negative reaction rather than being appealing. The fear of God, though, is actually a protection, something to be cultivated and practiced which leads to spiritual health and maturity. When we talk about “the fear of God” I think it’s necessary to define what we mean by that. The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther distinguished between what he called a servile fear and a filial fear.

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Living in Sacred Realities

Living in Sacred Realities

Adorned (week 4) In a conversation with a couple of teens several years ago, I used the word “sacred” in talking about the marriage relationship, as a sacred covenant before God, and they looked shocked. They seemed startled by the idea, then one said, “Sacred—what a cool word. But I never would’ve thought to put that word together with marriage.” The idea that there are “sacred realities” is not just a mystical romantic notion. To live as a “reverent” woman is to live in the awareness of the sacred and adjust your life accordingly.

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Growing Old and Learning Together

Growing Old and Learning Together

Adorned (week 3) Lindsey was eighteen when I first met her. I listened as she spoke about her grandmother and other elderly women from her church that she loved to be around. Her admiration for women in a much different season of life was surprising and refreshing. Today, in America, that kind of appreciation for the older generation is uncommon . . . Old age falls into a negative category in the American culture.

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Hypocrites and Sound Doctrine

Hypocrites and Sound Doctrine

Adorned (week 2) Last week, I invited you to join me (and the women from my church) as we work through a life-changing book by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. It’s not too late to dig in with us! Just start with last week’s study notes, the assignment, and the Adorned book!

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