Quietly Through 1st John (Week 16) :: Obedience by Faith (1 John 4:20 – 5:5)

Obedience by Faith 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children […]

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Joy in Homeschool Trails :: Leaning into Him When You Just Want to Give Up

This family has just begun it’s second year as a homeschool family. My husband is a public school teacher and I’m a former one myself, so I often get asked how I like homeschooling. My typical response is usually “I really enjoy it, but it’s really hard,” putting an emphasis on the really hard part. This is the truth. I really do find joy in this experience, but I can’t deny that their are days when I wish I could send my kids off to school and go back to the classroom myself. Homeschooling is no […]

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Advent :: Abide With Us

You may have noticed that I’m a little behind in my Advent posts.  The then came Jesus study officially ended yesterday over at to overflowing.com and I finally read the last page of the book this morning.  I experienced a hole new side of Christmas this year, a side completely and entirely focused on Jesus.  Yes, my family and I still had fun with lights and decorations and gifts, but I don’t think we lost sight of the True Joy of the season.  This experience has been due impart to Ms. Williams’ book and I […]

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#HandWritingTheWord : Don’t Be Shushed

Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be […]

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Is God Just? ( Joshua 7:23-26)

And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.  The Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.  And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us?  The LORD will trouble you this day.”  So all Israel stoned him […]

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Simple Childlike Faith

“It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat.  And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” ~ Joshua 6:5 When I first heard the story of Joshua and the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6) I was a child in Sunday School.  I heard it, I didn’t question it, I just accepted it as fact.  The Lord […]

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