In Biblical times, the elderly were crown jewels of the family. Grandparents and great-grandparents were greatly respected and sought out for their wisdom. In fact, Leviticus 19:32 parallels respecting the elderly and revering God.
You can’t really get any higher than that.
Ironically, in twenty-first century America, we don’t see that level of respect much, especially when an elderly person goes into a nursing home. Placement in a nursing home is often necessary, but ask any nursing home staff, and they will tell you many of their residents seldom have visitors. Imagine the atmosphere in a nursing home if friends and families (more…)
Our trip to Costa Rica is one we will never forget or regret. Mike and I were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary, the most adventurous trip we had taken in our married lives. My first time out of the country, venturing into a land where English is not the primary language, I wasn’t sure how we would manage. I only remembered the words for water and bathroom from High School Spanish Class. I wasn’t sure how the language barrier would unfold. Little did I know, the language God intended me to speak was one of (more…)
Are you discouraged? Do you feel like giving-up? You resolve to do better, only to slip back into your default. You are in good company. Look at what Paul said.
Dr. Tony Evans has been quoted as saying: “Faith is acting like something is so even when it is not so in order that it might be so simply because God said so.”
In Hebrews 11, the author gives a list of people who simply believed God, even when it didn’t make sense to do so, and their great faith is celebrated. These lives were not unlike yours or mine. They were ordinary people, living ordinary lives accomplishing extraordinary (more…)
“How does she do it?”
“How does he keep going?”
If you have been a Christian for a length of time, people may have asked how you do it.
- How do you get through a trying season with your teenager with your relationship with them in tact?
- How did you manage going through such a heartbreaking divorce?
- How do you manage being married for so long?
- How do you not fall apart when given devastating news about your health or a loved one’s health?
- How do you make it in a job you hate?
- Why are you so faithful when there are bad things happening to you or to your loved ones?
- How can you be so calm when the world is in such turmoil?
These questions are asked quite often; if not out loud then certainly in some minds. (more…)