I loved this New York Times bestseller! Hillenbrand researched Unbroken deeply and thoroughly. Weaving vivid details into a stunning, accurate plot, she guides the reader through a ground-level, life-changing view of World War II.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9 CJB).
I read the most amazing book this week. It was a New York Times bestseller for good reason. It was scrupulously researched, brilliantly written, riveting, and potentially life-changing in a really good way. I’ll write a review about it later.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
|Narsaq Church, Greenland. Photo by Adrian Boliston.|
“Got any fun plans for the weekend?” the cashier asked, yanking my grocery receipt out of the register.
I gave him that blank, single mom stare. Weekend? I thought. I’m not familiar with this term.
Oh, right! Weeeek…ennnnnd—those two days I’m supposed to sleep in, putter in the yard, maybe see a show. Vague memories filtered in.
“Not much,” I said. “Maybe I’ll clean the house.”
It’s been a few years since my kids were small; but I remember those exhausting days well. For many single moms, the idea of enjoying the weekend is far-fetched. Weekdays are an exercise in survival, and weekends see us trying to catch up.
Despite advise from many sources to take time for myself, I spent most Saturdays cleaning, organizing, and trying to figure out my very uncertain future. Worry plagued me.
That’s why Sundays were so necessary. I decided early that my children and I would attend church every week. This wasn’t because I’m such a noble, perfect mother. I’m not! This was a simple act of desperation. I need a weekly supply of grace to get through the week.
Being reminded of grace, forgiveness, redemption, healing, purpose, and unconditional love on Sundays puts the messages we hear on Mondays through Saturdays into perspective:
- God forgives our sins. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7 ESV).
- He calms our fears. “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid’” (Matthew 14:27 ESV).
- He promises to be with us. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 11:5 ESV).
- He refocuses our priorities. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 ESV).
- He teaches us the real reason for confidence. “Therefore we are always confident…. For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:6-7 NIV).
- He reminds us that we are always loved. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1 ESV).
Every Sunday, God wants to meet with us at church. What has he been teaching you there lately?
Tomorrow’s Sunday. See you at church!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|I should have waited at the coffee shop!|
Photo by http://www.pixelpusher.co.za
Recently, I attended a writers’ meeting about 35 minutes from home. On the way, I dropped my son off at his college class.
I expected to be done just in time to pick up my son, but our meeting finished early. Driving back to my son’s class, I considered waiting at the coffee shop we’d agreed to meet at. I’d brought nothing to do. I prayed for guidance and decided to drive home (another 15 minutes), wait until my son’s class finished, and then drive back to pick him up. I was sure God had answered my prayer, helping me operate at maximum efficiency.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Single mom, there is a Man who loves you like you’ve always longed to be loved:
- He pursues you, no matter what obstacles you throw in his way out of fear.
- He appreciates your talents.
- He believes in you.
- When you’re lonely, he’s there for you.
- When you’ve blown a fuse, he understands and doesn’t judge.
- He takes you seriously.
- He gets your jokes.
- He is intensely concerned about the things that concern you.
- He listens to you.
- You can’t manipulate him.
- He knows a lot more about you than you realize, and loves you still.
- He expects the best of you, and encourages you to grow.
- He wants a real, lasting relationship with you.
- He’s interested in you because he loves you, not for his own gain.
- He has your back.
- He holds your future.
- He’s with you in the storm.
- He loves your kids as if they were his own. (They are.)
- When you can’t express your pain, he embraces you.
- He honors your boundaries, and won’t try to control or dominate you.
- He died for you.
- He rose for you.
- Someday, he’ll sweep you off your feet and usher you into his Father’s mansion.
Enjoy this hymn; it’s one of my favorites. Tomorrow’s Sunday. See you at church!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This morning, I’m honored to guest post for Coach Daddy, a genuine and encouraging blog for dads written by Eli Pacheco. I’ve shared my thoughts about fostering faith in our kids—probably the most important parenting mandate, and also the one thing we absolutely cannot do without God’s empowering grace.
Please spread the word about Eli’s blog. These days, we parents need all the help we can get, and Eli’s vulnerability about real life is really encouraging. Coach Daddy is a wonderful resource for dads and moms alike.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share with your readers, Eli! God bless you and your family.
Monday, November 18, 2013
A couple years ago, I had the great honor and pleasure of being audited by the IRS. I think they knew I didn’t have enough to do, raising kids alone and all.