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…)
“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…)
“The most satisfying aspect of composing a post is when God gives me the inspiration for what to write. I have such an urgency to start sharing the ideas. I experience great joy learning someone took the time to read it and benefited from the effort. I promised God that if He guides me in what to say, I will be vulnerable, honest in this public forum.”
A testimony of one of the Ask God Today Contributors:
Jayna Coppedge wants to be known as “A Woman Trusting God” because that is her new nature. Even as a Christian, fear of rejection, fear of the future, and fear of failure colored every decision she made. She was a diligent follower of Jesus and a church staff member for more than 15 years before she truly understood God’s unconditional love: “I taught about God’s grace without ever feeling God’s acceptance.” (more…)
By Ann Cooke
Every year as Thanksgiving approaches I, along with most people, tend to start listing mentally or physically the things I am thankful for. Even those on social media are encouraging friends to join in this Thanksgiving spirit.
And that is a good thing. We are called to be thankful in Ephesians 5:20.
There are many obvious things for which to be thankful; life, jobs, family, salvation, health, etc. But this year and hopefully for many years to come, God has called me to remember some little and seldom thought of things that cannot be left off the list. (more…)
Have you ever prayed that prayer so dear to your heart, and yet it seemed God just chose not to answer?
Or have you ever needed God to answer a prayer, but you got discouraged along the way and stopped praying?
Many have asked the question, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?”
What I have learned through my own experiences and those of others is that God always answers our prayers, but we might not be open to seeing or hearing His answers—especially if we want Him to answer in a certain way.
Scripture is clear, however, that there are things we do that can hinder our prayers from being answered.