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Posts Tagged: Matthew

How Our Attitude About Suffering Differs From God’s

Over the past 20 years, our path has repeatedly crisscrossed with that of a particular family—one that’s had an overdose of suffering, or so it seems. This family has five grown kids. One—a son—lives in heaven now. A car accident claimed his life. Another son—the father of two preschoolers—just underwent his third cancer surgery and… [ read more ]

Our Prayers – Effective Supplication or Spiritual Babble?

  My husband and I scheduled a few days’ rest at a friend’s condo about 470 miles from home. When the weatherman promised sunshine and warm temperatures, we decided to ride our motorbike rather than drive the car.   Typically, I work on my laptop when we drive long distances in the car. So, riding… [ read more ]

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

  Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NLT)   Good intentions are good, but they’re not good enough. That’s true for every aspect of life. Here are a few examples:… [ read more ]

How Can We Shine As Lights in a Dark World?

Christmas has passed, and we packed away our decorations yesterday. Sadly, my living room seems bare without the tree and its wee colored lights. Every morning for the past month, I found simple pleasure in turning on those lights the moment I entered the room. I loved seeing how they lit up the darkness, and… [ read more ]

3 Suggestions for Developing a God-Honoring Perspective

Life gets complicated sometimes, doesn’t it? I’ve blogged about how mine took an unexpected turn two weeks ago when my left Achilles tendon partially ruptured. Then, last Sunday my “good” knee gave out, so my mobility is now limited to my bottom (I’m gaining new skills at scooting across the floor!) and my wheelchair. No… [ read more ]

Weeding Out Fear

  Today I’m featuring a guest blogger who I’ve come to know online. Meet Elizabeth Veldboom–she’s a freelance writer and a student in Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild. She has previously been published in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth Magazine and Susie Magazine, and enjoys blogging about helping others to overcome their fears. Visit her at… [ read more ]

Knowing God’s Nearness Today

Hi everyone! I’ll be hosting guest devotional bloggers for the next couple of weeks because I’m in Slovakia for a missions conference. Today’s post was written by Janet Sketchley. Her personal blog is titled, “God With Us: Finding Joy.” Thanks, Janet, for sharing your thoughts! Key Verse: “Because of the LORD’s great love we… [ read more ]

Whose Perspective Do I Have?

How must God feel about my perspective on my circumstances? Does He smile because I see them through His eyes? Or does He grieve because I see them through a limited, human lens? Take today, for instance. I have a gazillion things on my to-do list because we’ve been out of town for 14 days… [ read more ]

The Golden Rule

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12). I read these familiar words and screech to a mental halt. A handful of recent irritations and hurts come to mind. What are you doing about these? a little voice whispers. How are you responding to those who have mistreated you?… [ read more ]