Heaven: My Five Favorite Quotes

I don't know about you, but Heaven is sounding better every day! Today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes about our real home.   "Shall we stop at the poor line, the grave, which all our Christianity is always trying to wipe out and make nothing of, and which we always insist... Continue Reading →

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Go Ahead. Give up.

For me, it happened gradually, like an oak tree losing its leaves in autumn. Sometimes one at a time, floating silently to the ground when the final thread of stem at last gave way; sometimes whole clumps, torn violently by an icy wind and hurled to the frozen ground. It took a long time for... Continue Reading →

A Long Patience

My students and I recently studied William Wordsworth's poem, "A Sketch," which describes a man "....to whom Long patience hath such mild composure given That patience now doth seem a thing of which He hath no need." The words "long patience" caught my attention, because I don't know about you, but it seems I've had... Continue Reading →

What is Your Purpose?

The first and most well-known question of The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks the question this way: "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Wait. What? What about spreading the gospel? Raising godly children? Caring for those in need? Yep.... Continue Reading →

A New Story

God is writing a new story on the pages of my life. Not a tale I would have chosen...one that requires not only an umbrella, but a sword. And some sturdy hiking boots. But see the pen over there, on the right? It's His pen. His story. And, as Elizabeth Goudge says of her character,... Continue Reading →

A Prayer for New Beginnings

Today, I'd like to share a prayer that has been meaningful to me on my faith journey. This prayer, found in the book, Celtic Benediction by J. Philip Newell, expresses a longing for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives in a new and fresh way. Are you aching for this, too? In the... Continue Reading →

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