Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nightmares, Dreams, and the Path of Hope

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

One woman’s nightmare is another woman’s dream. It’s all relative. A divorced woman lives a happily married woman’s nightmare. Yet that same divorced woman, if she has a home, lives a homeless woman’s dream. Life can be very tough, but it could always be worse. The trick is to compare down – without being condescending.

In Jesus’ day, the Jews hoped for a conquering Messiah. He would crush the tyranny of Rome. And it was tyranny. Taxes were financially devastating. Marching Roman soldiers thought nothing of trampling Jewish children beneath their feet. Punishment for resisting Rome’s cruel oppression was extremely harsh, public crucifixion being common. Everyone longed for retribution on a personal level. Their Messiah would surely be the answer.

Monday, September 17, 2012

You're Beautiful

The King is enthralled by your beauty. – Psalm 45:11

Am I beautiful? It’s a question that haunts many women for decades.

Today’s American woman lives in a landscape of romantic devastation. Times past had their problems, but it seems to me that few eras of history have seen courtship and marriage as battered and defeated as our own.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Noble Submission

…live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. – 1 Peter 3:8

It’s impossible to find a discussion of submission today without a carefully worded preface explaining what Biblical submission isn’t. The term sets off a lightning-fast reaction, triggering images of brow-beaten wives and selfish, domineering husbands. (We forget that many men endure doormat treatment, too.) Since you’ve probably heard it, I’ll shorten the preface: Biblical submission is not about being a doormat.

What Biblical submission is matters greatly to moms who attempt to model Christ-likeness to their children.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Remember Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8

I woke up a few days ago feeling the intense weight of condemnation. It was a vague, unsettling feeling that I could have done better for my children. Accusations clobbered me:
  • You’re selfish.
  • You didn’t give the kids enough fun experiences when they were small.
  • You should have gone swimming with them instead of sitting by the pool reading.
  • Remember that time you yelled at them at the store? What were you thinking?!
  • You’re ruining their lives.