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Why I’m Scared to Share My Faith

Though I have shared the gospel message many times, I can still be afraid to share my faith with others. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that fear. I’ve heard many others express that same anxiety. Here are some reasons we might be afraid to share our faith and what to do Continue reading

When Someone Is Missing at Christmas

Timely word from my sweet wife!

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We’ve all been there.  Holidays that are meant to be joyful family reunions, but are not quite complete because someone is missing.

Maybe that someone is you.  Or a loved one who couldn’t make it home–or one who has found an eternal home.

It’s a mixed bag of emotions.  Wonderful and horrible at the same time. (Again.)  We are excited to see so many of our dear ones, only to be vividly reminded of the ones that aren’t here…

What then, are we to do?

Do we try not to think about it and put our best face forward?  For those of us that have lost loved ones, or for all of the sweet mothers out there longing for their family to be back in the nest, this idea would be nigh to impossible.

So we choose to embrace it.

We have lost loved ones, celebrated Christmas away from…

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The Not-So-Useful Tool On Social Media

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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I love tools. I even have some that I call my own. The right tool can make any job much easier.

But using social media to promote criticism, negativity or judgement serves a different purpose.

I love how we can use social media to reach across the oceans and share life with believers and non-believers. The stats that show the reach of my blog excite me more than any of the other numbers:

(I blocked out the numbers on the United States because my point is not to show how many people have viewed my blog, but just how far it can reach!)

This is not just a physical chasm between the nations. It’s a spiritual one.  Even amongst believers. I’m always saddened when those who claim to know Christ choose to use this resource to criticize or judge. Using a tool in a detrimental way always does…

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When Your Well Runs Dry

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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No, really.  We have a well.  And it’s dry.

Again.

This has been a particularly dry year for us and while having a well seems almost… romantic.

Almost.

I can assure you that running out of water doesn’t come close to making the “Top Ten Ways to Romance Your Wife”.

Wishing my husband would “woo” me with water was never something I considered…

Until now.

Before you think this is a rant, I just want to say that if you’ve never had your water shut off for an extended period of time, you should.

It teaches you a few things:

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Heroes Remembered: John Mason Peck

Harvard University does not single out many Baptist preachers for honorary degrees.  But in 1852, they did such for a Baptist preacher and missionary named John Mason Peck. Let me tell you a little of the story of this fascinating man in the hopes that his life will inspire you to leave a similar legacy and impact.

John Mason Peck (1789-1858) lived in Connecticut and New York state in his early years. He heard the message of the gospel and was saved while young. Personal study of the bible led him to leave the Congregationalist church over the issue of infant baptism and become a Baptist– despite the arguments of his pastor, Lyman Beecher.

Peck grew deeply in his faith and felt a call to preach. Time spent with Luther Rice led him to a deep interest in missionary work “out west”. So Peck loaded Continue reading

Simple Prayer

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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Prayer is simple, really.  We are the ones who over-complicate it.  We assume that we have to get it just right, or that God is more concerned about our vocabulary than He is our heart.

Prayer can be words spoken–but they might just be thoughts that are formed and directed at God.

My prayer life was changed when I finally came to realize that God, in His infinite mercy, cared more about my attitude in prayer than He did the action of prayer.  Let me explain. Spending a set amount of time in prayer on a daily schedule develops discipline, to be sure–but having an attitude of prayer all throughout the day fosters devotion.

My husband and I started dating when we were seniors in high school.  We had been dating only 6 months when he went away to college–four hours away. 

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Sharpening our Focus, Renewing our Passion

(This is an article I wrote for the Illinois Baptist.)

Sharpening our focus, renewing our passion

This past June, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines put together a task force charged with recommending how we might deal with the alarming decline in baptisms in our Convention. What a daunting task it is. Baptisms have declined precipitously for the past 17 years. We have gone from more than 400,000 baptisms per year, to less than 300,000. The needs in America are greater than ever, but our effectiveness in meeting those needs has plunged. This ought to greatly concern all of us who care about the Great Commission and this land in which we live.

The task force’s first meeting, held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, was both disquieting and encouraging. We stared the terrible Continue reading