The cost of forgiveness

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 22:34 NIV It’s so hard to forgive, isn’t it? When someone takes my words out of context, betrays a confidence, or slanders me, I respond by judging, lashing back, or harboring bitterness. Without forgiveness, relationships continue in endless cycles of hurt…

Countdown to Christmas – Not just a carpenter

Mary, the mother of Jesus, always receives a lot of admiration, but today I’d like to draw your attention to Joseph, the earthly-father God chose for his Son. It was Joseph who was Jesus’ pattern of leadership in the home, his spiritual tutor, his mentor in business and personal relationships, his father. There’s no doubt…

Proverbs Day 31 – An excellent wife

An excellent wife who can find?    She is far more precious than jewels. (Proverbs 31:10 ESV) An excellent wife who can find, reminds me of the Jane Austen quote in Pride and Prejudice about the accomplished woman. Caroline Bingly and Mr. Darcy define an accomplished woman as one having extraordinary qualities. “no one can be really esteemed…

Proverbs Day 21 – It is better…

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:9 NIV) Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. (Proverbs 21:19 NIV) A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2 NIV) When my kids were…

Proverbs Day 14 – With her own hands

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. (Proverbs 14:1 ESV) I have been married over thirty years. I work hard to honor and serve my husband – meeting his needs, keeping our home, homeschooling our children. From appearances only, I may look like an ideal wife. But…

An Excellent Wife Who Can Find?

I read a chapter of Proverbs everyday – in correlation to the day of the month. Why? Because, according to the Bible, they provide wisdom. The benefits of which include: long life, peace, good rest, understanding, guidance, righteousness, etc. All of these I desire. I am also told, fools despise wisdom, and I don’t want…