Ephesians 8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." We see that we have not earned God's favor, but that He has graciously accepted us and sees us… Continue reading Understanding God’s Grace: Is It A License to Sin?
As I stated in my previous blog post, "Patriarchy and How it Departs From God's Desires For Society," the world views male headship as the man telling the family what to do and the family obeying (and many Christians teach this). In contrast God's intention was that the man and woman are a unit which… Continue reading God’s Ideal for Husbands and Wives
The definition of patriarchy according to the Oxford Dictionary of English: ˈpeɪtrɪɑːki/ noun noun: patriarchy 1. a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. "the thematic relationships of the ballad are worked out according to the conventional archetypes… Continue reading Patriarchy and How it Departs From God’s Desires For Society
Luke 23:32, 39-43 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him... One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence… Continue reading “This Day You Will be With Me in Paradise”
Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. As a teenager I went on several short-term volunteer trips which drastically changed my life.… Continue reading Issues With Volunteering Overseas
Recently I found some valuable ancient documents -- journal entries from my first trip to India. Some of the entries made me laugh, some made me cringe at my immaturity and others made me smile as I re-read the valuable lessons I learned which grew me into the person I am today. Below are some… Continue reading Things I Learned in India
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." --Matthew 5:4 At times it seems like in church circles we aren't allowed to be depressed, sad or despondent around other Christians. While most Christians recognize the acceptability of grieving over a death, many Christians view grieving over other types of losses as either complaining,… Continue reading Forbidden Grief
It's an obvious fact that most people like kids. I myself look forward to the day when my husband and I have little ones of our own. However, I hear many people talk about having children as if it's a moral duty for couples to reproduce. If a couple doesn't have kids then they're treated… Continue reading Is It A Moral Duty To Have Children?
“Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” --Charles Spurgeon  "At one point, I was a youth pastor, professional sign language interpreter, wedding photographer, radio host, husband, and father… Continue reading Resting Under the Juniper Tree
"'Am I compromising too much of myself to be here? That is the BIG question. Am I letting these new cultures, traditions and expectations cut me off from my own heritage, my own culture and the way I usually do things? Moving to another country (whether it be for love or just simply because you… Continue reading Losing Yourself in Your Host Culture