In Proverbs 31, we are introduced to the excellent wife and her effect upon her husband. Even though her life may not fit everyone’s circumstances, her productivity, her selfless goodness and the qualities of her relationships are beautiful examples of …
The expression “on a wing and a prayer” refers to doing something difficult or dangerous while relying on divine help for success. During World War II, when the phrase first became part of the English language, it had a literal application. It referred to …
In the new Mary Poppins movie, Mary returns decades after her original visit, to help the Banks siblings through a difficult time in their lives. She works her magic and as she gets ready to depart, the family encounters an old woman selling …
Our entire culture has become dull. Dullness is the absence of the light of our souls. Look around. We have lost the sparkle in our eyes, the passion in our marriages, the meaning in our work, the joy of our faith. – Mike Yaconelli*
When I was a young girl growing up in Iowa in the 1960’s my family attended a Baptist Church. One Sunday morning, I was handed a Power for Living pamphlet. On the back page of the pamphlet was a column entitled, “I’ve Been Thinking” by Joyce Landorf. I remember reading the column on my way home from church and saying to myself, YES—that is what I want to do someday!
In the book, Amazing Grace - William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, by Eric Metaxas, I stumbled across a concept defining a behavior in my husband, Darryl, that I have struggled to explain many times during our 42 years of marriage. This behavior is unalterably stamped into his French DNA, an important fact that further corroborates my new understanding. Let me explain.
In this four-part series testifying to transformation alchemy in the context of my own life, I shared in my first blog how I gained INSPIRATION from a quote by Anne Ortlund. Once inspired, I was directed to a passage of Scripture in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 which added KNOWLEDGE to my INSPIRATION. I learned that I must be careful how I build on the foundation laid by Jesus Christ. I learned that the works I do in this life will be tested by fire and that the only kind that will survive are the ones that are selfless acts for which I receive no reward here on earth.
I went silent because of a major lifestyle change that came about when Darryl and I remodeled and moved back into the townhome we lived in (and still own) before our three year hiatus at the Optima Camelview Village.
During one of my SoulWork groups, we had come to the point of consecrating three-minute testimonies for the glory of God. I routinely have women formally share their stories one after another with no comments in between. Then, we all stand, with the women holding their papers in their hands, and offer their work up as a sweet sacrifice to God for His use. This is certainly the most precious part of the SoulWork experience for me and I would guess for them, too.
To process something is to submit to a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result. Processing things that have happened to me means I put action on hold for the purpose of waiting on God for His perspectives. Processing and the need for it makes sense to me but waiting on God for often imperceptible degrees of change in thinking is a challenge.