Posts Categorized: Encouragement

Living a Godly Legacy—Part 4

In this series I’ve said that how we live every day becomes our legacy, that God instructs us to communicate faith in Him to the next generation, and that He tells us how. We’ve also looked at specific ways to help our kids and grandkids experience and grow in faith by how we bring God…

Easing the Pain of Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day both grandmas will watch as our newest grandson is dedicated to the Lord. I’ll be happy, of course! But I’ll also be aware of all the women in the congregation who find Mother’s Day to be as much about sorrow and pain as joy and happiness. Some of them won’t even make…

Living a Godly Legacy—Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about living a legacy for our children and grandchildren—realizing that the way we live every day is the legacy we will leave. Is a legacy of faith your goal like it is mine? Then here in Part 2, let’s begin by looking at our own relationship with…

Living a Godly Legacy—Part 1

Last fall two different events—a sermon and a MOPS talk—got me thinking about how we pass faith on to the next generation. I realized we don’t just leave a legacy, we actually live it too. Legacy: “A gift; something passed on; something received from the past; the influence of a person or thing.” What we…

Well-Nourished—by the Word

Do you take a multivitamin or use a dietary supplement? I have, and now I keep some Ester-C and echineacha tea on hand to help me fight off colds. But day to day, I’m trying to nourish my body with a whole-foods, plant-based diet. It’s a challenge to view vegetable and fruits, nuts and seeds…

Our Children Need God’s Word Now More Than Ever

Do you wonder what to say to your children or grandchildren about recent events in our country and our world? Don’t miss out on the best guidebook you’ll ever find. Sometimes people think that knowing the Bible well means loving the Bible more than God. Sometimes they charge that caring about what the Bible says…

Let’s Ease the Pain of Mother’s Day

This coming Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day … as all the ads and flyers and greeting card aisles have been reminding us, every day now for weeks. But the joy and gladness of the advertising and retail worlds rarely reflect reality. Mother’s Day can bring a lot of joy . . . To new…

When Christmas Changes, Remember This

Will you be far away from family this Christmas? Has life changed for you this year, and have those circumstances altered Christmas too? I’ve lived most of my adult life far from my parents and siblings, and we’ve almost never been together at Christmas. When my daughters were 6 and 2 (quite some time ago!),…

Some of the Bravest Moms I Know

I once walked through a large hall at a missions convention, talking with convention goers waiting to hear a speaker. “Do you know any parents of missionaries?” I asked. “We want to invite them to a special event tomorrow.” Most people looked at me funny. “Parents of missionaries? I don’t think so.” But then one…