Some Things to Avoid (Proverbs 6:16-19)

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pour out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” (Prov. 6:16-19)

I don’t have much to add to this, other than it’s good to know what God detests so we can make sure to avoid doing or being those things! (more…)

Be A Blessing (Proverbs 3:3, 27)

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Prov. 3:3)

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (Prov. 3:27)

Before we start each day, I pray with the kids and ask God that He would help us to be a blessing to others that day; that we would be kind, gentle, generous, and loving, and that we would shine the light of Jesus wherever we go. I want to instill in them the focus on loving others before ourselves. (more…)

Repentance and Redemption (Psalm 65 & 66)

In today’s reading from Psalm 65 and 66, the psalmists write:

“When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” (Ps. 65:3)

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (Ps. 66:18-20)

You’ll notice that just as much as sin is mentioned in the Bible, redemption through God’s grace is the more important thing for us to focus on as believers in Christ! (more…)

Removing the Stains (Psalm 51:1-2)

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psa. 51:1-2)

Psalm 51 is an amazing expression of repentance as David pleas for God’s forgiveness, mercy, cleansing, and purification from his sins of murder and adultery. As sinful humans living in a fallen world, we will all sin and we all fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23). (more…)

Letting Go

The next morning, Harriet brought Sam [the dog stuffed animal] to breakfast.
“Thanks, Harriet,” said Franklin, reaching for his dog.
But Harriet clung tightly to Sam.
Franklin tugged on Sam‘s tail. Harriet tugged back.
“He’s mine!” said Franklin.
“No, mine!” shouted Harriet.
They pushed and pulled until something terrible happened.

[Excerpt from Franklin and Harriet, Bourgeois and Clark] (more…)