When Ministry Happens in Fits and Starts

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

 (“Women’s Ministry”.) For years, I’ve aspired to be like the faithful Sunday School teacher who serves her post for 50 years, loving generations of children, sharing the gospel with countless young people who gather at her table week after week. I’ve day-dreamed about looking back over the years and noticing that my faithful involvement in a community, or a person, … Read More

How to Begin and Nurture a Mentoring Relationship: It’s a Blessing We Can’t Afford to Miss!

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

To complement my post at Revive Our Hearts True Woman Blog today, I thought I’d write about a way in which God has used biblical mentoring in my life. Many, many women have enriched my life over the years – my own mother being at the very top of the list – but I thought that today, I’d share one … Read More

How to Get Your Life Back from Distraction, Depression, and Distance

LauraBlogger Behave, Blogging, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

Here’s the mystery that I am counting on: by walking away from a busy, accomplishment-oriented lifestyle into a quiet world of deep relationships, service, and home-life, I will establish a far-reaching legacy that extends throughout many generations. I don’t want this conviction to fade from my daily choices. So, if I must quit or drastically change something in order to protect my relationship with God, I hope I will. At the same time, if I need to grow and increase my responsibilities in order to obey God, I hope I will.

25 Questions to Find the Gold in a Christian Woman’s Heart

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood

How can women learn to live godly, Christian lives? Scripture tells us that we are to teach one another. The beloved model in the book of Titus is that older women should teach younger women how to live and love. But that model is sometimes difficult to achieve. In reality, the teaching and learning amongst women in the church does … Read More

Is God Truly Providing for Me? Sometimes I Wonder.

LauraMarriage, Ministry, Motherhood

This evening, some friends gathered around the fireplace. We opened our Bibles together and talked about how God provided abundantly for Ruth through Boaz. She was the poor, hungry, foreigner who received loads of grain, enthusiastic acceptance into the Israelite community, and an inheritance that resulted in eternal salvation. Amazing! That’s just God’s style, isn’t it? When He provides, He … Read More

Today’s Sigh of Relief: (You Can’t) Make This the Best Day Ever!

LauraHealthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I’m a sucker for self-help books and blogs that coach us how to live without regret and to make the most out of every day. But I’m also a critic of this type of writing because its “no regrets” message is the candy-coating of a big, fat cultural lie. We see the lie everywhere. It’s scripted on the pillows at Target, … Read More

Why Continue in the Word of God?

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Motherhood, Resources

It’s one thing to repent of idolatry. It’s another thing to repent of worshiping God as if He were an idol.

Lately, this has caught my attention.

When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and led them to the Promise Land, He told them that they must not worship Him the WAY other people worship their gods. Perhaps we think, “If the world is sacrificing holiness, covenantal relationships, and familial responsibility to serve Achievement, Fame, and Money, I’ll offer the same thing to God. He’ll love it.” That sounds a bit extreme, but after some soul-searching, we may discover that it is how we think more often than not.

It’s possible that when we think we’re worshiping God, we’re really just giving Him something that he hates.