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On Getting Older (Or: Preparing for Rest)

I held the hot washcloth to my face just a moment longer. Particularly pressing around my eyes, I took a deep breath and let the humid air fill my nostrils and lungs. I took a look in the mirror to find where the remnants of the day’s makeup had left its mark. (Everywhere. The answer…

Just as He Said | Day XXX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 14:18-19 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see Me. Because…

When Dying Feels like Death

There are times when dying feels like death. Having grown up in a Christian church and home, I’m well-accustomed to the language of “dying to self” and “taking up my cross.” The words are readily on my lips when someone speaks of sacrifice, or the call to missions, or the call to serve their local…

Just as He Said | Day XXVIII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 10:17-18 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it…

Just as He Said | Day XXII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Zechariah 12:10  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on…

Just as He Said | Day XX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Isaiah 59:2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not…

Just as He Said | Day XIII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the many, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul to…

Just as He Said | Day IX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed…

Just as He Said | Day IV

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.    Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;…

Just as He Said | 30 Days of Messianic Prophecy

Day 1: An Invitation There is a trend in women’s Bible studies that I have noticed over the last several years. Many approach God’s Word for what it can offer by way of comfort, inspiration, or consolation. While the Word of God certainly holds forth all of these things, there’s a tinge of self-interest embedded…