As I approached this topic a few weeks ago, what I really ended up writing about was a help-want, not a help-meet. But the writing was dry, uninspiring, and just not right. And as I contemplated what to say since then, I still approached it wrong. God needed to talk to me; I think I’ve heard from Him. Now, hopefully with my ear tuned to God’s Spirit, I can minister to you. (more…)
Oneness. It takes a lifetime to achieve. As you look about you at those who have been married 10, 20, or 30, years, you see an intangible quality. (more…)
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
They can build up a person,
or tear down a nation.
They can bring beauty to the ear,
or crush the spirit of another.
They can be used to worship the Lord,
or used to darken the world in which we live. (more…)
I don’t think anyone would doubt the power of prayer. Having survived the last two years, I can look back at how God has worked in our lives, and continues to do so every day. And I know it comes from those believers who have diligently given their time in supplication to the Father.
And his banner over me was love.
2:5 Sustain me with cakes of raisins,
Refresh me with apples,
For I am lovesick.
2:6 His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
It’s not that we, as Christians, need to worry about how the world is starting to define marriage, but rather our focus should be on the marriages in our Christian community. I am oddly finding myself amidst several couples whose marriages are on rocky ground or in a perfect storm. But it seems so clear that hearts have hardened, the hurt has been done, and there’s no return to honest work it takes to make a marriage work. (more…)
Here are the Eulogy and Pamphlet from Pattie’s memorial service.