Age is Just a Number

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! (Psalm 103:5 NLT) “Are you sure you want to get her that?” asked the sales associate again. “We offer other things that you can get her.” “Yes, it’s what she wants,” I reassured her once again. For her 40th birthday, aContinue reading “Age is Just a Number”

Don’t Spare the Rod

Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. (Proverbs 13:24 NLT) The more I work with children the more aware I’ve become of the lack of discipline in their lives. Years ago, I would have been disciplined for talking back to my eldersContinue reading “Don’t Spare the Rod”

No Good Apart from God

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38 NIV) This is one of my favourite Scriptures. For years I read it and missed the point. See, Jesus ofContinue reading “No Good Apart from God”

His Word Stands Forever

“All people are like grass,    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV) Fall is by far my favourite season of the year. There’s something about this season that just appeals to me. Perhaps it’s theContinue reading “His Word Stands Forever”

Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3 NIV) I’ve experienced it time and time again, especially during times of havoc, danger and grief. That peace, which can’t be grasped or explained, yet I know it’s the kind that Isaiah speaks of–the perfect, undisturbed peaceContinue reading “Perfect Peace”

In Whom Do You Place Your Trust?

“Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.” (1 Kings 15:19 NIV) Israel’s ancient kings often madeContinue reading “In Whom Do You Place Your Trust?”

Jesus: The Reason for the Season

In the busyness of the Season, I’ve been doing my best to remember the Reason. I stumbled across this Christian parody of the classic Christmas poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It’s a beautiful reminder to keep Christ in Christmas. ‘Twas the night before Christmas–and in most of the town, Not a sign of Jesus–wasContinue reading “Jesus: The Reason for the Season”

Appreciate the Present

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV) There’s a Christmas song that I like to listen to every year…It’s called, “Mary, Did You Know?” The song is aContinue reading “Appreciate the Present”

The Peace of CHRISTmas

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV) The Bible describes peace as an internal state of being. A sense of calm on the inside despite the war that may be ragingContinue reading “The Peace of CHRISTmas”

The Gift of Worship

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 NIV We often associate the wise men with the gifts they presented the Christ child: gold, frankincense and myrrh.Continue reading “The Gift of Worship”