It takes reasons, skills, opportunity, and time

If you want to have financial freedom, Dave Ramsey teaches that you need a reason, a plan, and a commitment to the sometimes long process.  If you want to be more organized, the Flylady teaches that you need proper motivation, a written plan (She calls it a control journal), and perseverance (and grace when you [...]

“Fair is not equal”

The other day on the radio I heard Dave Ramsey’s rant explaining that “fair doesn’t always mean equal.” It wasn’t until I googled the phrase, that I realized that the phrase wasn’t original. Apparently, Rick Wormeli wrote a book entitled “Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom.” In my estimation, Rick [...]

Strenght from Christ

Two weeks ago, I went on a CIY (Christ In Youth) MOVE trip with our church’s youth group.  On the last day, we did an encouragement circle. The idea of an encouragement circle is that one student or adult from the group stands in the middle and the group encourage them. Most of the encouragement I received referred to my strength. [...]

Replacing anger with righteousness

In light of James 1:20 “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (NASB), I have recently asked God for his righteousness rather than my anger. On Tuesday, I took my daughter to her 9 month well baby check-up. I was excited to learn that she is developing at either average [...]

Resting in Jesus

The Bible tells us that we are involved in a spiritual war.  Ephesians 6:12 describes this war as a struggle “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV). Often the devil distracts [...]

Chemo plans

Yesterday, my doctor encouraged me to prepare for chemo, and today another doctor agreed. We also learned that female patients who are treated with chemo are discouraged from having more children.  Even though I expected everything the doctors said, I still felt shock, frustration, and disappointment. The chemo treatment that the doctor advised was temozolomide. [...]

God’s good care

In the Bible, God allows Satan to take away Job’s riches, children, and servants. When Job continually asks why God is allowing these tragedies.  God speaks to Job.  In the children’s book, “A Patient Man from Uz,” Kyle Butt summaries what God told Job: “Then God began to speak to Job To help him understand, [...]

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