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Lessons from a Long Marriage

Thirty years ago this weekend we were engaged and in a few months we will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.  Even after all these years it is good for us to look at others who have walked this path before, whose long marriages have been a living testimony of God’s goodness. Recently I attended the […]

God Presents the Savior: Behold My Servant

Throughout the entire Old Testament, repeatedly and in many ways, we are confronted with our need for a Savior.  Then in Isaiah 42:1-4, God presents him to us. “Behold, my servant,” he proclaims through Isaiah, pointing out six things he wants us to notice about him: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in […]

Under the Butternut Trees

I spent much of my blogging break working busily ‘as unto the Lord’ in the kitchen, the garden, the car, and elsewhere, but some of the best hours were spent under our butternut trees. It was my favorite spot this summer, a place of open-eyed prayer, read alouds, chats, and much-needed rest.  It was a summer […]

Thoughts on Finding God in the Hard Times by Matt and Beth Redman

We all face hard times sooner or later, and they can seem unbearable and never-ending. One of the crucial questions we face then is, “Can we still praise God when life is hard?” “Yes!” exclaim Matt and Beth Redman who wrote the song “Blessed Be Your Name.” With numerous references to the Psalms of lament, […]

Giving Thanks Every Day

  There is so much to be thankful for, isn’t there?  We all have adequate food, clothing, shelter, and so much more.  Compared to much of the world’s population, both now and throughout history, we are incredibly blessed with ‘ordinary’ gifts. But sometimes we are not even aware of these gifts.  Sometimes we actually do […]

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