My dogs were skunked last night. Not a little: like warfare of liquid fire raining upon our home. More good news: one of my dogs is nursing nine one-week-old pups. Now I am picturing nine helpless, blind little puppies withering away from the toxicity of rancid stench upon the bosom of their mother.
My thoughts (and the words I spoke aloud to my husband): “I feel like Job.” Life has been so difficult for so long, and the hits just keep coming. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – When I say life is hard sometimes it’s so you will know that nobody’s life is perfect and so that you will pray for me as (perhaps) I have prayed for you (maybe without even mentioning it to you).
But I don’t deny that I am blessed. Here are a few things I am thankful for right now: My 13 year old for taking up for his brother this week, my 10 year old for being intentional about reading the Bible (he decided to study Mark this week), the time and money to workout (my reprieve!), and my husband who loves me when I am mean, critical and (feeling) unlovable.
I can’t imagine what it is like to be a guy! What a load of responsibility (Genesis 3.17-19)! But I’m not going to lie, I feel like you could’ve done so much better. There’s a time to be laid-back and there’s a time to take action. That was an action time. You were supposed to co-rule with Eve, not give into sin.
I wish you would have been the voice of reason. Instead, you blamed her for your part in the sin, but that was a part of the curse that began with the sin (Genesis 3.12).
Oh how I envy the little piece of paradise you experienced for a short time! I wish I could have felt what it’s like to just be with my husband, never worrying, wanting, or feeling insecure (Genesis 2.23-25)
It sounds like we both suffer from an overly trusting nature, unfortunately sometimes falling to crafty foes (Genesis 3.1). The problem is that we both have trusted the enemy instead of simply trusting in God (Genesis 3.6).
Clarksville, TN – When I was a social worker years ago, I was very eager to help people. I would see them struggling to pay bills, or to have gas money to get around. I hated watching people struggle to make ends meet. It kept me up some nights.
My primary role was to help them (usually young single mothers) with parenting skills and to teach them prenatal, infant and child development. Another part of my job was to help them with their budgeting. «Read the rest of this article»
Flowers are great; chocolate is better; and diamonds…well, they speak for themselves. But what is even more important than proving to the world that all is good in your marriage by outward public displays, is the day-to-day ways you love your other half.
Clarksville, TN – During the first week of January, Clarksvillians joined forces to offer refuge to those whose lives were at stake as the temperature plummeted. In a matter of hours, businesses, churches, and organizations pulled together, offering to help Manna Café set up an emergency warming shelter.
As Director Kenny York’s wife, I decided to spend as much time at the shelter as possible during its three days of operation. While there, I witnessed many small, hidden gestures and acts of kindness. «Read the rest of this article»
So I want to offer encouragement to you friends. Life is hard, but this season will not last forever! God has big plans for you! Remain steadfast, and seek Him daily! He is always there for us!
Clarksville, TN – “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV) No wonder Jesus desired so strongly that His disciples understand that He had come, not just to buy their salvation through the cross, but also to provide them with His joy. Jesus told His disciples.
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” (John 16:24 Living)
The joy of the Lord is ours for the asking. Jesus prayed for us. “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13 NKJV) «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Love is something we Christians talk a lot about. “God is love, Jesus loves you, I love you.” But we sometimes fall short of really loving each other. Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV)
Love means more to us than anything else in the world. We were created to love God and to love one another. When we don’t love or feel loved, fearful things happen to us. We become hurt, resentful, afraid of each other, hateful, and guilt ridden. These are all a result of lack of love. A love that accepts, approves of, and believes in others, is patient and kind, never selfish or envious, never proud or seeking its own reward or way. It doesn’t hold grudges and doesn’t get upset when it must suffer wrong. Such a love endures without weakening in all circumstances. «Read the rest of this article»
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