But we are Christians, and we are not to have the “spirit of Christmas.” Rather, we have the Spirit of God. When we assume that the spirit of Christmas has a power it in fact does not have, we are setting ourselves up for various holiday familial disasters. The sentimentalism of Dickens is part of the reason so [...]
I’m writing this the day before Thanksgiving when I should be making my pie crust. Today is the day of putting all sorts of elegant cloths and goblets on card tables as we run out of enough legitimate table leaves to seat our second cousin once removed. And when everyone’s kitchen has been properly floured [...]
I’ve been meaning to write something for awhile on birthday cakes. I don’t have any birthday cakes pressing on me at the moment, the next one won’t be until February, but it seemed as good of a time as any to think about them.
Let’s start by analyzing the last birthday cake I made when [...]
Should Christian parents require their children to obey? What about grace? What if more than thoughtless obedience we want them to listen to our counsel when they’re teens? John Piper offers 9 observations to save your child from death and you from heartache:
Gracious parenting leads children from external compliance to joyful willingness.
Children need [...]
When we want to know God, the whole Bible suddenly becomes relevant.
(Related post: When the Word Feels Dry and Distant)
I came across this quote in C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters that really hit the point I’ve been troubled by with the “Simple Living” lifestyle that seems to be flourishing so well in many Christian women to the point that we begin to get our own gospel a little blurry. (I wrote on this last [...]
“If I set the sun beside the moon,
And if I set the land beside the sea,
And if I set the town beside the country,
And if I set the man beside the woman,
I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.”
Ok. I’m now in Level 2 of “How to Unload the Dishwasher by Faith,” where the glasses that are a bit too heavy for small hands come at me twice as quickly and creative little tots try to climb on the dishwasher door so they have better access to the top rack.
Not a complete transcript, but if you can’t listen, here are his seven encouragements:
What I want from my people is that they don’t come to church to give me or to give God anything. I want them to come starved for God, hungry for God, desperate for God. And I want to [...]
Just how compatible is “simple living” with the gospel? Today I’m sharing a few thoughts at Domestic Kingdom! Come join me!
There are certainly tips that are compatible with a life of the wisdom that comes from known God. Christians must live intentionally for the Kingdom, we are to make the most [...]
In the middle of the Bible there is a poem describing an Excellent Wife, the Proverbs 31 Woman. It’s a bit curious. Her children are mentioned only in passing and half of the poem discusses her work spinning wool and flax into yarn and selling textiles for a large profit.
Some people read Proverbs 31:10-31 [...]
I’ve heard people say things like, “God loves order,” as a reason we should strive for orderly homes. And on one hand it’s so true. As he spoke into nothingness and created a beautiful world he was delighted; it was good.
But here’s what I’ve really been struck by recently: His children messed up the [...]
One thing I’ve been learning about showing hospitality at less than ideal times is that hospitality is an overflow of our home, our family, our life. Too often I try to pretend it is something else entirely. Like the way I snapped at my husband when he [...]
Imagine you have just been hired as a gardener. You know that the master of the house loves order. And you notice that in the fall all the leaves drop off the trees. Every year. It’s a mess. And so the obvious solution is to cut down all the trees. No trees, no messiness. And [...]
I’ve been completely overwhelmed lately and trying to figure out what is causing it and what needs to change. Eric suggested that I spend some time being thankful. That was really good advice.
Update: The promotional price of 90¢ is over, but you can still get Questions with Answers Vol. 1: God and Creation and it’s still worth it!
This is just a quick note to pass along some beautiful music by Dana Dirksen I found out about on Friday! The songs teach deep truths [...]
Last night Miriam and I sat on the swings together. I went higher than she did. We laughed. For awhile we held hands while we went back and forth at the same pace. And I thought about how in two years I likely won’t remember any of it. Neither of us will. But it will [...]
This morning we must endeavor to ascend the mount of communion, so that we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart.
C.H. Spurgeon, from Morning and Evening, September 10
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, [...]
Several years back I listened to a couple of sermons John Piper preached about praying in the Holy Spirit. He spent one sermon asking, Why we should pray in the Holy Spirit? And in the next sermon he asked two follow up questions: What does it mean to pray in the Holy Spirit? And how do [...]
The way we’ve been catching colds and flus around our house you would think it was February. But no. It’s August. We’ve been sick the entire month of August.
The highlight of this particular episode has been the boxes we used to bring our groceries home from Costco in.
You can see them here [...]
In real life, as in a story, something must happen. This is just the trouble. We grasp at a state and find only successive events in which the state is never quite embodied. The grand idea of finding Atlantis which stirs us in the first chapter of the adventure story is apt to be [...]
Our cherry tomato plants are the highlight of our garden for the little people in our home. It’s a wonder that any of them make it inside. This morning we went out and Miriam harvested them. “Right here, Mom. I’m picking ‘matoes. I got a wot of them. I’m still picking some. I show you, [...]
Awhile back I asked how we can teach our children “blessed are those who mourn.” On a related note, Noel Piper has shared 13 ways to help your children become world Christians and her thoughts are summarized in a neat little list over at Children Desiring [...]
Training, correcting, and discipling little children quickly becomes a full time job. Nancy Wilson gives some great Biblical and practical counsel for moms. Here’s a sample:
1. Pick your battles carefully and always win. I can remember talking with Doug about some little habit or behavior in the children that I was concerned about, and [...]
We are coming to the Bible together and learning the three steps of Bible study method: observation, interpretation, and application. (In this series we’re hitting a few highlights of how to study the Bible, but if you’d like [...]
The flower is called Queen Anne’s Lace. But Queen Anne never had such lace. She never carelessly dropped it in the ditches and left it strewn across the prairies.
And that was Jesus’ point.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was [...]
Today concludes our official series on Sarah Edwards. But I’m sure there will be bits of wisdom from her biography sprinkled in future posts because there’s so much more we can learn from her. If this little series has wet your appetite you’d really enjoy reading the full biography by Elisabeth Dodds:
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
~ Proverbs 31:11
Bruce Waltke explains this remarkable claim in his commentary on Proverbs:
The statement [the heart of her husband trusts in her] which entails that his well-being stands or falls on her [...]
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