Thursday, December 22, 2016

Local Writers' Conference

Calling all writers, potential writers, and those who have only dreamed of writing and not told anyone. There is a one-day self publishing conference in Clifton, VA that just might nudge you forward in your pursuit of writing. I'm going, and I know 2 other women who plan to attend. What about YOU?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe

I just read a Proverbs 31 Ministries blog post called Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe, by Sharon Jaynes. I love the way she writes. Sometimes I need a reminder that "the most important 'work' we can do as wives is on our knees before God in prayer." So, I took her advice and prayed for my husband as she suggested at the close of her blog. And then I took the next step and bought her book to help renew my commitment to pray for my husband. Maybe you'll want to too.





Saturday, October 15, 2016

Spiritual Leader in the Home

What does it mean for a man to be the spiritual leader in the home? It's one thing to talk about it theologically, but how to live it out is a different story. Confusing. I meet women who are frustrated that their husbands don't step it up spiritually with their kids. Do they nag, suggest, plead? Do they give up and take over anything spiritual with the kids?

I think a lot of men just don't know what to do. They didn't see spiritual leadership modeled as they were growing up. What do they do, when do they do it, how, where??? 

I just read a great article that helped me understand what it might look like for an authentic guy to be a spiritual leader to his kids. Read One Crowning Moment, an article with Casting Crown's Mark Hall and see what you think. Mark was asked what it means to be the primary spiritual developer in a child's life.

Well, I’ll tell you what it means to most dads. It means when we hear that, we hear “you’re not qualified.” Because most dads do not feel they know enough about the Bible.

Reading those words made me sad to think guys feel that way -- unqualified. Mark had some good ideas in his article. I hope you'll read it and think about how you might encourage your guy that he doesn't have to be a theological giant. He just needs to be himself. He just needs to try. And he will be your hero and a hero to your kids.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Grateful

Well I got it. It came in the mail last week. It's official. I received my diploma from Dallas Theological Seminary. I worked hard for the last 5 1/2 years earning 63 credit hours for a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. I enjoyed almost every minute of it (although perfecting the format of footnotes in research papers wasn't much fun).

I am struck by the thought that God views me the same before and after this diploma. He doesn't love or approve of me more. I'm so thankful I didn't have to earn a certain number of credit hours to achieve salvation. I didn't have to perfect anything. No pressure, no grades, no pesky footnotes. I simply accepted his gift of salvation. Jesus did it all.

So this morning I simply want to say "Thank you Jesus." I don't need a diploma from God. My name is written in the Lamb's book of life (Rev 21:27).

I am grateful.