Prayer Focus: The Fruits of the Spirit:: GOODNESS. Central Scripture: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11) Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for
Prayer Focus: The Fruits of the Spirit:: KINDNESS. Central Scripture: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your exceedingly abundant kindness, Your perfect compassion, and Your limitless forgiveness toward us, Your children. When we are hard to love, You remain kind. When we are suffering, Your never run out of compassion. When we
My daughter loves the old Looney Tunes cartoons. She first saw them at her Grandma’s house, and excitedly told me all about Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as if they were brand new to her generation. Her latest Looney discoveries are Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Every day after she finishes her after-school snack and homework, she asks me to look them up on YouTube so she can watch
On our second trip out onto the beach that day, she made the inevitable discovery that the sand castle she and her daddy had worked so hard to build had disappeared. She walked in circles around the spot where it should have been, the question flashing in her eyes: “Where did it go?” And I did my best to explain. The waves come in and go out, rolling and crashing
It had really been a very sweet evening until that point. We had gone through the routine: brushing teeth, bath time, back into her room for jammies, story time, and prayers. The same as every night, and it was going smoothly. Out of nowhere, though, she said something unacceptable. She probably didn’t mean to be as hurtful as the words made her sound; children just say things sometimes to test
I wrote last week about the journey of forgiveness that Jesus has called me to lately…or rather, about the journey He called me to a long time ago but that I have only now chosen to embark upon. The situation in my life must remain private for the sake of discretion. The experience of forgiveness, though…well, it’s pretty universal. It’s a journey, for sure. And it’s not an easy one.
I saw an amazing thing this morning after I dropped my sweet girl off at school. On a busy street corner (really, one of the busiest in town) two men stood in conversation. One of them wore sunglasses, carried a distinctive walking stick, and stood staring straight ahead. The other man stood directly behind him, talking in a low voice into his ear. It quickly became obvious to me what