Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”

Romans Road & What Is Real Grace

The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans.  The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is.  Does the cross provide grace?  Yes.  Of course it does.  But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.

Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it?  Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?

Sin = pain, does it not?

We simply cannot claim to be Continue reading “Romans Road & What Is Real Grace”

Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…

Happy New Year readers!

My family and I just returned a few days ago from the warm (or was warm) Florida… now I hear it’s a bit cooler. But it can’t be nearly as bad as the -25 celsius but feels like -33 celsius weather we have here in Ontario.  It’s so cold, you walk out and you feel like you just took a huge sip of a ice cold slushy.  That’s right.  Brain freeze.  Cause you went outside.  Welcome to Canada!

I have decided that, seeing as we seem to be having a much colder than usual winter, this is a great season for me to hide away in my house with my family and write!  And read.  I’m loving this new venture of reviewing books for Bethany House.  But more than that I’m loving this new 52 week Bible reading program I’ve started.  You can down load a copy if you’d like here.  I’m pumped to read my Bible through this year.  Last year was more of a year for study of certain subjects (one being the Proverbs 31 woman).  Do you have a plan for scripture reading this year?

I have quite a few posts in the works… recipes for biscuits, maple bbq chicken, a couple of vegetarian recipes, I have new review coming your way MONDAY Continue reading “Happy New Year! What’s Coming Up…”

She Put Her Baby In a Basket… In A River

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In the beginning of the book of Exodus we read of the absolute horror of what the king has decreed.  He wanted to destroy the Israelites.  He wanted to wipe out the male babies.  He first ordered the Jewish midwives to deal with the “problem” as he saw, but this heinous king didn’t know who he was messing with.  No.  It wasn’t going to be that easy.  The midwives feared the Lord and would not do this awful thing, and so he had to do it through ordering that the babies be thrown into the river.

As I write that, my heart breaks and my stomach wants to expel the lunch that I ate with my own two year old son a few hours ago.

What kind of heartless, horrible, savage man was this awful king to make such an order?  He was evil.  Unbelievably evil.

Why?  Why did he want to wipe out the Israelites Continue reading “She Put Her Baby In a Basket… In A River”

Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook

I don’t know about all of you, but lately social media has me bummed.

I used to think it kept me connected to the people I don’t see often, or the people I met and worked with in missions years ago… but if any of them really wanted to get a hold of me, they could do so by other means.

I truly am contemplating doing away with Facebook in particular.  Why?  A few reasons.  It can waste a lot of time for one… and it may be a rumour, but I have heard that they censor stuff.  I wouldn’t mind that if they censored the nasty stuff, but I don’t think that’s the case.

That’s one reason.

As a Christian, I find Continue reading “Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook”

Am I Okay?

Do you ever wonder if you’re really okay?

Are you actually spiritually unbelievably passionate for the Lord or are you just a bit more than others?

My husband and I listened to a message by Francis Chan this week where he shared about this and I think we are both still rocked by it.

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Am I actually okay?  How willing am I?  We live pretty simply, at least to me, but I do like my home.  I like our new (to us) vehicle.  I like our Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee we have every morning (had to go there).

Do you ever catch yourself wanting more?

Wanting that new vehicle?  Wanting that Continue reading “Am I Okay?”

Worry is Not Faith

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Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”

Think about it.  All the cares that are on your shoulders.  Now read Matthew 6:34 again.

Of course, we need to prepare for things.  My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away.  Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us.  Routine helps all three of us.

I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what?  We did it.  I don’t know how.  Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.

And choices.  Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  And no excuses…  except Continue reading “Worry is Not Faith”