What happens when we’re called to forgive our enemy? Surely some acts, even some people, are unforgiveable, right? Carolyn was the last person I wanted to forgive. The event I experienced because of her was so traumatic I’d blocked it from my mind for thirteen years. I met Carolyn at a public pool when I… Continue reading When Love Feels Hard — Guest Blogger
Hannah sat at the computer long after I thought she should be finished with her assignments. Gripping the back of her desk chair, I started to swing her around to face me, then thought better of it. Staring at the back of her head, I lamented to myself. Why can’t she just do her work?… Continue reading Becoming a Wise Woman
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44, NIV). Guest post by Kristi Woods Think about someone who hurt you. How did you love or pray for them? Or, did you? As a mother, I love and protect my children. When someone wounds them, my mama bear… Continue reading Becoming More Like Jesus–Praying for Our Enemies
Banana bread wafts from the kitchen. My three kids’ bellies are pleasantly full of the warm treat as the sun quiets its rays through sheer curtains. The smell of fall fills our home with hope for the new season. A piercing scream interrupts the sweet silence. My youngest child’s pounding feet shake the floor as… Continue reading Breaking the Anger Cycle
As I reflected on my situation with the offended woman, I thought of how Christ treated me. When I was living in complete rebellion against Him, He pursued me, diligently and patiently. When I sinned again and again, He forgave me. And when my sin created a barrier between us that I couldn’t cross, through His death, He tore it down.