My husband Jeff is in Africa right now. I miss him, and I miss the little things like going downstairs early in the morning and seeing that he’s already made a pot of coffee or cooking dinner and hearing the garage door open (ours is quite loud) and realizing he’s home early. But for now I’ll have to do with phone calls and email since he’s so far away, and since we haven’t learned how to use Skype yet.
Clearly life looks different when someone you love isn’t around. It’s better when they are near. That word, near, stood out to me the other day when I read this passage in Philippians.
The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer [...]
Today I want to talk about our church family and the family of God, because I recently read this passage about Jesus’ family and it made me think.
When you watch a beautiful family, it’s incredibly inspiring, isn’t it? If you’re blessed to have one of those, it’s a really amazing thing; but there are also families which are very painful.
The very same people who are supposed to be a safe family connection in a loving space can be very hurtful, so in family we experience pain and frustration. Sometimes we even experience abuse in our family.Because our views of family can be broken, in order for your church to be a good family, [...]