One evening recently I went out onto our front porch to water the hanging plants. I had forgotten to do it the day before, but figured they were probably okay. When I caught my first glimpse of them, I was somewhat surprised to see them looking dangerously wilted and dry. It’s only been one day, I thought to myself. How could they have dried out so quickly?After watering the plants, I sat on our porch swing and thought about the spiritual correlation. How many times have I either consciously or subconsciously justified a day not “watered” with the Word of God, only to reap... read the rest here.
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Let me share a little nugget that I’ve been realizing more and more in the past few weeks: talking about Jesus is really—and I mean really—exciting! Is it daunting to talk about Him to those you don’t know? Yes, I can’t deny that it can make one’s knees knock together, especially at first. Oh, but what joy can be found in aligning yourself boldly with the Cross! Recently I had the treat of going home to visit my family. One afternoon, my mom, younger brother, and I decided to take a bike ride to the park. As we were riding along the trail in our peaceful little city, suddenly the sound of... read the rest here.
There is a section in John Bunyan’s book The Pilgrim’s Progress that I have been thinking on quite a bit lately. Christian, the main character, comes across a peaceful area that was put in the midst of the “Mountain of Difficulty” by God for the purpose of giving weary pilgrims rest. Christian sits down to be refreshed and ends up falling asleep, staying much longer than he should have. When he wakes up, he realizes it is getting dark and he has lost precious time. The place that was intended for a brief rest was used as a way to give into laziness.I have been in this... read the rest here.
My five-year-old daughter, Avy, recently asked me a rather profound question: “How do you know if somebody really knows Jesus or not?” In modern Christianity, there are various opinions on this matter. Some say there should be a particular demonstration of power in a believer’s life to prove he or she has really been born again. Others insist that specific personal convictions must be adopted to prove true devotion to Christ. But Jesus gave a very simple answer to this perplexing issue. He said, “By this all will know that you are My... read the rest here.
It’s surprising how many Christ-focused young women I meet have a difficult time transferring their romance with Jesus into the arena of guys. We might accept the fact that Jesus Christ is a princely, heroic gentleman who laid down His very life on our behalf. But when it comes to guys, it’s all too easy to settle for a self-consumed guy who exalts his own wants above honor and nobility; a guy who puts on a Christian mask in order to gain our attention, but underneath he is no different than his secular counterparts. As I have said in many of my books, an earthly... read the rest here.
Whenever Valentine’s Day approaches, the subject of romantic relationships surfaces suddenly, like a deep-sea diver coming up for air. You can’t write a book called When God Writes Your Love Story and not be roped into the topic of romance on Valentine’s Day. Even though it has been fifteen years since that book was released, Eric and I continue to be contacted by Christian magazines, radio shows, and even television networks, asking us to share our opinions about how Christians should date and find spouses. With the popularity of Internet dating... read the rest here.
I have always been somewhat afraid of suffering. Even though I know the Lord will give me everything I need to walk through any form of suffering, it has always been more head knowledge than heart knowledge. That is, up until recently.This past year I have been the observer of many dear Christian people walking through suffering—very, very deep suffering. Losing children, severed relationships, the loss of family members or friends… As I have witnessed others walking through these things, there is one thing that has been made blatantly evident: God is always good. Instead of... read the rest here.
Whenever a new year begins, our society encourages us to “turn over a new leaf” in self-improvement areas such as fitness, diet, and personal goals. And while it can be good to establish fresh vision and discipline in these areas, none of them are as important as our daily time with Jesus Christ. Yet it’s all too easy to allow time with Christ to fall by the wayside, simply because we don’t have a clear vision for how to structure our prayer times. Time with Christ can begin to feel stale and dutiful unless we are purposeful about protecting our... read the rest here.
When the famous missionary Mary Slessor was a young woman in Scotland, she was faced with a life-changing test of courage. Working in a dangerous inner-city area, she was preparing to teach a Bible study lesson to a group of children when a gang of trouble-making teenage boys surrounded her, jeered at her and threatened her with torture unless she would agree to stop teaching about Jesus. The boys pinned her hands behind her back, and the gang leader swung a jagged razor-edged hook just inches from her face with taunts and threats, but Mary stood her ground. She looked him... read the rest here.
I have often wished I felt more bold to speak the Gospel - or even simply stopping to pray with someone or do something for them that would display the love of Christ. But so often when I am faced with these opportunities, I find myself trembling. I don’t feel bold… one. single. bit. And much to my regret, I have justified not speaking or acting because of these feelings. “When the feelings of boldness come,” I reason, “then I’ll obey.” Because of this, I have missed out on opportunities to display the light and life of Christ to those in darkness, and have ultimately acted in disobedience to... read the rest here.