• Who Can Get in Your Face?

    “A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself.” —Robert Murray M’Cheyne Does anyone in your life have your permission to follow Galatians 6:1–2 when you need it? The text doesn’t read, “If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual get in their face!” But I’m one who needs strong rebuke occasionally, so I’ve given a few people permission to be tough (in love) when it comes to encouraging me to godliness. I need to be told when my tone is harsh or I’ve opened my mouth too much or I’ve been insensitive. I want to have my eyes opened…

  • What the Mean Girls Can’t See

    “Just kick her right back—hit her hard in the shins!” My mom thought that dealing with Liz, the fifth-grade-playground bully, was as easy as that. During that adolescent period, my nights were spent agonizing over facing Liz the next day. She was a living terror and chose me as her personal project. She seemed to get some kind of sick satisfaction every time she pushed me down, kicked me, or ridiculed my “skin and bones” body. She was large, loud, scary, and up to that point, the meanest child I’d ever known. She led a gang of followers and her posse was learning how to inflict additional humiliation as they added their…

  • Sustained While Rejected

    My husband writes a weekly devotional for the men in our church. It’s just a simple word from their pastor’s heart to give truth-encouragement at the start of their day. I’ve asked him if I can share some of those with you on the blog. He’s hopeful that you’ll find something helpful as he shares his heart.  From LeRoy’s Pen ~ ******* [box]But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them! By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence…