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Providence: Not Just an Old Lady Word

12/19/2014Posted by Melissa


There are many Biblical concepts that are not named or laid out in a logical fashion in the Bible.  Take the Trinity for example.  The word "trinity" is never found in the Bible, but the idea of "God in three persons" is evident all over Scripture (Matthew 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:3-6; 1 Peter 1:2 to name a few).  Another one is providence.  Unlike trinity, which is a scholarly word, providence is a word used by little old ladies every where.  It isn't in most versions of the Bible, but I've come to believe that God really does move in all situations in our lives for our good and, more particularly, the good of those around us, just as he did throughout the Bible.
Take Esther for example.  A young Jewish girl, she was chosen to be the Queen of Persia by Ahasuerus the king.

A Not So Silent Night

12/17/2014Posted by Helene


My son's favorite Christmas song this year is Silent Night, and I can't help but think of this post of Helene's from two years ago.
Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm

All is bright
The cattle are lowing the poor baby wakes,
The little Lord Jesus no crying he makes...

What do you imagine the manger scene was like?  I like singing both Silent Night and Away in a Manger, but I am suspicious about the picture they draw.  Few of the times when I was present at the birth of a new baby has the picture been "calm."  Okay, maybe after baby has been given a bath, had his hair washed, is wrapped in clean clothes and swaddled in a receiving blanket and asleep, there's "calm."  For about 5 minutes until his tiny newborn tummy is empty and he's mewling for milk!

A Good Guest

12/15/2014Posted by Helene


Christmas seems to be the most popular time of year to have guests.  In the last month alone, I have been in the homes of at least 7 different people.  There are parties and cookie exchanges, not to mention the on-going rounds of visiting the sick and Bible study.  I hope I've been a good guest.
I've had some bad ones at my house over the years.  People who weren't gracious.  People who needed to be served or entertained.  People who were dissatisfied with everything.  People who left without picking up a glass, throwing away their trash, or worrying about their muddy footprints.
You might be surprised to find out that Jesus actually had quite a lot to say about how to be a good guest.  We've covered his words on not being a prideful guest before, however there are a few more suggestions.

All I Want for Christmas

12/12/2014Posted by Helene


Perhaps of all the people in my life, my Mother-in-law knows my little quirks the best.  I say this based on this evidence: she did not bother asking what I want for Christmas.  Everyone else still held on to a smidgen of hope that I might be able to come up with some useful suggestion.  They are all doomed to disappointment.  I'm hopelessly unable to think of anything I want or need.
I'm not trying to be difficult, it's just that I'm a little ashamed to ask for anything else!  I have a wealth of spiritual blessings: redemption, grace, a Savior, hope, confidence and the Holy Spirit to name a few.  A positively embarrassing wealth of relational blessings like wonderful parents, in-laws, great kids, a wonderful hubby, a few beloved forever friends and a fabulous church.