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My Favorite Bible Verses

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My Favorite Bible Verses:

*John 3:16
*John 10:27-28 (My confirmation passage)
*Romans 8:28
*Proverbs 3:5-6
*Isaiah 40:31

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Deuteronomy 4:31

For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

Earlier this week, a young man from our small town here in Michigan committed suicide.  He was only 28 years old and had been married for just over a year.  He had a good job and seemed to have it all together.  I knew this young man from my previous job.  We had associations with him and his dad.  Although I did not know him and his family socially, I have been deeply affected by his suicide.

What makes a young man think that it is better to die than to live?  What does Satan put into a young man’s mind to get him to commit suicide?

How do you console someone who has lost a family member to suicide?  I ask because I really do not know.  I feel so badly for the family.   What must they be going through?  It is one thing to lose a child, but to suicide?

Romans 8:28 says “All things work for the good of those who love God.”   Hopefully some kind of good can come from this.

5 Things I want to Do With the Kids as Easter Approaches

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As usual, Easter has snuck up on me.  It is almost here.  Every year I have high hopes about making Holy Week spiritually meaningful for me and my family.  Yet every year life seems to get in the way.  Easter is the basis of our faith.  Without Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have no hope.  So  I am looking forward to doing some activities with the kids this week to make it meaningful for all of us.

Today I am spending my first day home without children (or my husband) planning activities for the week.  Now …if I can only make it happen!

Here is the plan:

  1. Read Jesus’ Passion from the Gospels
  2. Do Resurrection eggs.  I am going to make my own set of resurrection eggs.  I think we will do 2 eggs each night during our evening devotion.  Hopefully next year I can get a copy of “Benjamin’s Box” to go along with it
  3. Dye Easter eggs
  4. Make the empty tomb planter.  My friend Sue sent me this project and it looks awesome.  The grass won’t be very tall before Easter, but the kids will get the picture when they’re on spring break next week.   Hopefully this will help us focus on new life and new starts.
  5. Watch the Jesus movie for children.  My children know the story of Jesus’ life pretty well, but I think this film will make it become real for them.  You can watch it for free at jesusfilm.org.

Have a happy and blessed Easter, everyone!

Love is Patient

I Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.   It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.

This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.  It was read at our wedding in 1999.   It has also taken on a whole new meaning now that I am a mom.

Love is patient.  As a 48-year-old mom of three young children I often lose my patience.  It seems I lose my patience daily. I think it is partly a result of perimenopause; partly being a mom of two six-year-olds and an 8-year-old son who is borderline ADHD.  I often pray for patience.  I want to set a good example for my children.

Love is kind.  Have we been kind today?  Kids can be terribly unkind.  Especially to siblings.  But they can be especially kind, also.

Love is not rude.  This is something we are working on constantly with our children.  They are always interrupting me or each other.  We have a rule in our house:  if you interrupt someone to ask a question the answer is automatically “No”.  We include when we are talking on the phone.  This may seem harsh, but they are learning to think before they speak.

Love always protects, hopes, and perseveres.  What mother doesn’t protect her children?  Or hope for their future?  I sometimes feel like I cannot take any more.  But God helps me.

So when I am having a bad day I try to remember as I hope you will:  God is patient, God is kind.  God is not rude, easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.  He always helps us to trust, hope and persevere.  God’s love never fails.

Thank you Father, for walking with us on our earthly journey, always guiding our way.