The Importance of Obedience

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’-which is the first commandment with a promise-‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”              -Ephesians 6:1-4

In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon, inspired by Native American legend, set sail for Bimini seeking riches and a fountain of youth.  He would find neither.
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Peace That Can’t Be Stolen

Peace.

So often my reaction to that word has not been a warm soft feeling that flows down my body. Instead it’s made tears spring unbidden to my eyes. It’s made my fists curl into tight balls because peace is the one thing I’ve wanted so badly, and I have tried so desperately to obtain it without success. Peace seemed so elusive for me, and so hard to reach when anxiety, fear, and worry were so unwanted yet always rising up unsummoned. I’ve felt this way many times. It’s discouraging to work so hard for peace, to do everything I can for it, and not be able to obtain it. It’s despairing! My anxiety and fear would become so great that many nights I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I would wake up throughout the night, restless, afraid and on edge. My mind would race at times so quickly that I would cringe, shut my eyes, and hold my head in my hands in an attempt to stop the thoughts that came with paralyzing fear, anxiety and doubts. And then there was always guilt. Why couldn’t I be at peace? Was I doing something wrong? Sometimes I would finally get a small drop of peace, only to have it snatched brutally away from me with thoughts like, “I can’t let the devil steal my peace”, and “I can’t let my peace be stolen.”
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When You Feel Like You’re Going Under

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt like you just weren’t going to make it through? Have you ever said, “Lord, I just can’t do this!  This is too hard!”

About a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2016, my then 15 year old daughter, Caroline, began to have some serious struggles.  Her struggles became my struggles.   What mother can endure watching their beloved child suffer and not find that to be a suffering all of its own?!

Some of the thoughts we began to face were, “Why is this happening?”  “Did we do something wrong?”  “Is there something we’re not doing that we should be doing?”  “Is there something wrong with us?” Continue reading “When You Feel Like You’re Going Under”