“Your word, YHWH, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you” (Psalm 119:89-91). At the breakfast table, my husband has been reading one section each morning from Psalm 119. Yesterday morning, [...]
It’s the day before Passover. The children run through the house, pleased that the days of cleaning are over. Tomorrow is a special day, no school and no work, gathering with friends.
I wipe my hands on my apron and retwist the knot in my hair, since everything is falling out of the clip under my dusty bandana.
I look around my spotless kitchen. My critical eye judges everything in sight. The kids will be back soon, looking everywhere to see if we missed a crumb or bit of yeast. They think it’s fun to find a crumb we’ve overlooked. But we worked so hard the last few days, and I’m tired. I hope we got it all out.
This week, a friend of mine reminded me of a verse describing the woman of valor in Proverbs 31: “Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25, KJV). I’ve been thinking about this verse ever since. When life is uncertain, when I don’t know what the future [...]
A friend recently asked, “Is it a sin to eat bacon?”
A debate raged in my mind. She knew that our family didn’t eat pork, and I knew she didn’t agree, but neither was she trying to be rude. She was asking what I honestly thought.
On the other hand, her relatives worked for a major pork processing plant here in southern Minnesota, and I knew that if her family changed their opinion of eating pork, there would be major financial ramifications.
Was it really such a big deal if she ate a little bacon? Was it worth a big fight?
And then my conscience added, “Does it really matter, Anne, what you think? Don’t you think you should tell her what God thinks?”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the purpose of my life. Yeah, I know. Deep stuff. Seriously, though, I can just go about my tasks each day — homeschooling, cooking, laundry, errands, phone calls — and days slip by without ever feeling like I’m going anywhere. “Teach us to number our days aright, that [...]
I’ve been pondering something all week. I’ve been asking myself if I intentionally follow God or not. You see, a friend commented to me, “Anne, sometimes your blog comes across like you’re perfect, but now that I’ve gotten to know you, I realize you’re not. You’re normal just like the rest of us.” !!! I [...]