Today, we are zeroing in on the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a central theme to the Gospel and therefore, as Christ followers, it should be a central theme in our lives. That means we are familiar with the act extending forgiveness and even asking for forgiveness, on the regular.
We all are sinners, and we are all surrounded by other sinners, we live with, work with, hang with and go to church with sinners just like us. And wherever sin is present, the need for forgiveness isn’t far away.
Today, we are going to look at what the Bible says about forgiveness, come to understand its importance in the Gospel, and even take a look at what the practice of extending and asking for forgiveness looks like.
Today’s topic is hopefully a very sweet word of encouragement for anyone who may be walking through some junk right now. Years ago, I had the chance to attend a lovely women’s bible study group that met every Wednesday morning. In our time together, we would not only share the struggles of life we were encountering, but we would also open up the Bible to see what God had to say on the topic.
This became such a sweet spot for both truth and grace as I was in the middle of a seven-year long prayer. One of the phrases from that study that stayed with me even years beyond was the encouragement to “tuck in” to the Lord in the tough and trying times.
Our leader often referenced this idea. When she would say it, it always came across as this intimate experience with God, and I was always blown away by the intimacy in her voice when she described it. It was like a daughter tucking herself under her father’s arms and wrapped care when danger was present. A safe space where security was high despite whatever turmoil might be surrounding them. I knew I wanted to know the Lord like that.
While there truly are battles to be fought in this life, too often we make mountains out of molehills. Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth, Homeschool vs. Public School, eating habits, clothing choices, the list goes on and on.
Have you ever looked at that other mother and thought, “If she only knew what I knew she’d be doing that differently?”
Maybe you have been on the other side and have the friend who, while well meaning, always has an unsolicited opinion about how you should be raising your family.
Let’s face it you have enough pressures being a mom that you certainly don’t need to borrow any more.
Something is comforting, not in the calories, but in the companionship, food can provide.
When life is good, we celebrate with ice cream, and when life is bad, we cope with brownies.
Any day can feel familiar and lovely when coupled with the coziness of Grandma’s recipes or the warmth of your favorite meal with your favorite people.
Although for all the goodness offered to us through food, it can also become something it was never intended to be, a friend.
This has been a rather interesting week for me. On Wednesday afternoons, I snag about 15 minutes of time and do a live video called Reset at Rest Time. It’s meant to be a nugget of encouragement for anyone who may need a little spiritual “reset” midweek.
I have had a lot of fun doing them, but on my latest video, as I was sharing, I got super emotional and had myself a sweet little ugly cry LIVE. Let us just say it was awesome and humbling. (You can check it out for yourself).
However, the response to that video has shown me that maybe we all need a little more up close encounters with each other; and that put together and polished isn’t as popular as we think it might be.
In (Luke 13:24), Jesus says to “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.”
I tend to have a spirit of laziness, especially in regards to my day to day life. I’m mainly a stay at home mom, who also works from home and homeschools. So I am home a lot. It is very easy to let self-discipline head out the door and just do enough to get by.
While I strive for excellence in my work, I tend to procrastinate, and honestly, I prefer naps and rest to activity and hustle.
The Christian experience often speaks to us about the idea of “surrender.” Surrendering our will, surrendering to God’s will and more. Yet, it’s rarely a clearly defined term, even in Scripture.
Join me on the show today as we explore the many examples of surrender that Scripture provides us, as well as the hard questions that follow when understanding how to apply the Christlike example of surrender to our lives.
If you tend to resist the idea of surrender and much prefer the comfort of control, then I highly encourage you to lend an ear to the show and allow me to persuade you that there is more strength to be found through surrender than in the control to which we often cling.
Hello, Friends! Welcome once again to She’s Building Her House!
Today marks our final show in our Fruit of the Spirit series that we have been exploring the last eight episodes. Throughout this series, I have interviewed nine incredible women, and each of them has shared how God cultivates these gifts of grace in their hearts and lives.
Today we wrap up the series with my friend Rachelle Chase as we discuss how God desires to cultivate the fruit of self-control in our lives.
Three years ago, it was a brand new year. A lot like today.
Flipping the calendar to a new year made life feel so much more wide-open than it had just a few weeks prior.
Dreams and options received new breath. Ideas that had felt impractical and unachievable now had a place at the table of “maybe we could.”
So I began to dream about all that we could do that year. All sorts of possibilities came to mind, but with it came the overwhelming question of where to begin on it all.
Today we are continuing our Fruit of the Spirit series. Throughout the last 7 shows, I have gotten to interview guests about each Fruit of the Spirit as listed in (Galatians 5). Together we have heard stories of how God cultivates each fruit, or gift of grace, in our hearts and lives. On this episode, I have my friend and fellow blogger Abi Craig of Joy in My Kitchen joining us to share the reason God cultivates a heart of gentleness in us and how He can cultivate a gentle spirit through us.
Abi is a blogging full-time, homeschooling momma to five whom God has given the perfect storm at home where she can learn and practice the art of gentleness. Abi shares honestly about the work gentleness requires but also the fruit that God gives in response to our efforts.