It's hard to go through illness or pain, especially prolonged illness and pain. I've never had to face anything devastating like that myself, but I'm well acquainted with the issue through my dad. He came down with inexplicable chronic pain when I was a teenager, and the doctors have never been able to help him. He remains bedridden much of the time to this day. Chronic pain or illness affects more than just the bearer of the issue; it ... Read More about Touching the Hem: a biblical response to suffering (review & giveaway)
Sometimes I'm embarrassed by the Bible. The more I read it for myself, the more I realize that it just doesn't jive with this culture. People don't like being told they have to change, and the Bible is all about change. But it's also about being content where you're at. It's about finding your joy in the Lord instead of in mere things. It's about peace and rest. How are you supposed to both change and be at rest? The Bible can be confusing, ... Read More about Embarrassed by the Bible?
Jessiqua: Hello again! And welcome to Kindred Grace! We reviewed your book Speak Love for this year's March of Books and greatly enjoyed it. Are you currently writing any other fantastic books? Or are you taking a break from writing? Or are you not allowed to say? Annie: Hahahaha. If I tell you, I'll have to kill your emoji. (JUST KIDDING!) I have a new book coming out this summer for adults -- men and women -- probably ages 20-40. I LOVE ... Read More about An Interview with Annie Downs
I wasn't always the positive person I am now. There for a time in my life that I was actually rather critical. I didn't intend to be cruel or anything, I was just very observant of the flaws in those around me. Thankfully, since I'm a bit of an introvert, I wouldn't speak most of my snide comments aloud. However, they would still simmer in my heart, tainting my view of the world around me. I clearly remember the day that began to ... Read More about Speak Love
I don't like being second place. As a kid, I was known for being competitive. As an adult, I’m known for being an overachiever. I want to be the best… always. But it's not possible to be the best in everything. There are millions of people in this world, and it is impossible for me to be “enough” to all of them. Why? Because I’m not perfect. This is a hard realization for a competitive, overachiever such as myself. But it’s even harder ... Read More about 2nd Place Love
Have you ever heard the saying, “if you have to hide it, you shouldn’t be doing it”? That makes sense in a lot of areas of life. For example, child-trainers declare that one of the symptoms of a child’s readiness to be potty trained is that they go off by themselves to mess in their diapers. I’ve found that to be true with many kids. I’ve glanced into playrooms and found toddlers under the desk, peeking out at me with wide, guilty eyes. (I ... Read More about What Should and Should Not be Hidden
The joy begins as evening draws near. My family drives up to my parents’ place about an hour before dusk. My children run into the house, yelling for “Nanny and Papa”. I’m greeted at the door by my siblings. My twelve-year-old brother always checks to see if he’s taller than me yet. It wouldn’t be a huge achievement, except for the fact that my whole family is Shetland-sized. My ten-year-old sister always grabs my hand and starts explaining ... Read More about Our Family Sabbath Tradition
I have been homeless before. That was not a fun experience, but I had love to see me through it. My grandparents offered for my family to stay with them. So we had blow-up mattresses to sleep on, and a kitchen to raid in the morning. Granted, all of our belongings were stored in the garage, but at least they weren't on the curb. These guys? They don't have those luxuries. How do I know the guys in this picture are homeless people? ... Read More about What All Gifts Must Be Seasoned By
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…” (1st Corinthians 12:1) Spiritual Gifts: Unity and Diversity In The Same Body. “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” (1st Corinthians 12:4-6) What are spiritual gifts? Spiritual gifts are: “the ... Read More about Concerning Spiritual Gifts…
What are love languages? According to Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of the book The 5 Love Languages, love languages are “ways that people speak and understand emotional love.” In his book, he declares that there are five distinct, emotional love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, Physical Touch The idea is, if you truly love someone, then you will want to show that love to them in a way ... Read More about The 5 Love Languages
I don’t have an iPhone. (Actually I don’t have a cell phone at all. Shh, don’t tell!) That’s okay though. I usually stay home all day, so I can just use my house phone. Something that would be nice though? Wireless internet. You see, there are three adults in my house, and we have only one desktop computer that can access the internet. Yeah, you can be sure we’re all pretty good at arm-wrestling over that computer. We practice ... Read More about Why Taking Turns Can Be A Good Thing
“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:6-7 NIV) I love this piece of Scripture. It is so comforting to remember when I’m frightened. When the floods of turmoil swell up and spray at me, I have this Bible verse in my arsenal to yell back at ... Read More about Where Is Safety?