Archive for September, 2012

A Family Affair

Read 1 Samuel 1:21-28.

As Hannah’s husband, it was Elkanah’s responsibility to confirm and establish her vow to God.  He not only supported her in what she promised, (to lend her son Samuel to the Lord all the days of his life) he gave all of the necessary sacrifices associated with such vows.

When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow ~1 Samuel 1:21 (more…)


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Sad Woman

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-20.

Hannah had a godly husband, Elkanah, who loved and favored her.  Elkanah also had another wife, Peninnah, who often provoked and instigated Hannah to be envious and depressed over the sovereign will of God in her life.  Hannah was barren and her rival purposefully compounded her pain over it, likely because she was jealous of the favor Elkanah showed to Hannah.  Jealousy instigates jealousy.  Jealousy loves company.  I’m thinking this is why men should only have one wife…only one woman they look upon with sexual desire and intimate affection…but that’s another blog…

So Elkanah sought to comfort Hannah in her pain, but he could not.  She wept.  She fasted.  Hannah was beside herself, drowning in a sea of sadness over her circumstances.  Even the favor and earnest love of her husband could not alleviate the load this woman was carrying.

But, even though Hannah was sad, she was wise.  When she was low, she searched diligently for God. She prayed fullheartedly with sincerity and fervour.  She trusted God to give her a child and promised to sacrifice greatly for both that child and for God when he came.  Hannah poured her heart out to God unashamed and left his presence trusting in his faithfulness. (more…)

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ImageI came to the Outer Banks to run a race.  My husband planned our vacation and the OBX triathlon just so happened to be scheduled during our stay. 

I came to run the race. But as I entered the water yesterday, to say I was nervous would be an understatement.  Recalling the choppy 2-3 foot waves present there the night before and the likely possibility of harsh winds popping up unexpectedly, I was shaking in my wetsuit. 

My pre-race warm up consisted of doubt, fear, and very valid uncertainty about whether I could really accomplish the task set before me. (more…)

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My New Book

My latest addition is complete!  Check it out!


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Authority Always Wins

Well, I’ve come to the last passage in the gospel of Mark.  I’ve been considering it while puzzling over the recent fight over the Ten Commandment stone outside a local junior highschool as well as the Christian movie that just came out entitled, “Last Ounce of Courage.”  I hope to reconcile the three today in my final post in Mark.

I’m not sure how to feel about the fight my Christian community has undertaken to ensure that this Ten Commandment stone remains at a local public school.  When I’m not sure how to feel, I turn to the scriptures recognizing that my feelings don’t really have much say in anything other than my mood.  My authority must come from the Word of God and so that is what I’ll attempt to share, today. (more…)

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True Lies

Have you ever told others the truth only to be called a liar?  How frustrating it is to be honest, yet be honestly disbelieved.  But don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one.

After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. ~Mark 16:12-13 (more…)

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My Timothy

As I dutifully make breakfast for my family, I silently grumble at God. 

Everyday I hurry into your presence.  Everyday I’m excited to read and write about your Word.  I love you more than anything I’ve ever loved.  But why are so many of my efforts trampled?  Don’t you see me, God?  Don’t you want to use me?  Or is this some cruel joke?  I can’t even teach my own children bible class without my mother incessantly interrupting and speaking random nonsense overtop of me.  Is there even one person who hears this gospel I’m trying so desperately to share?  (more…)

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