17436345_803763606455565_4709516858284693693_oThis I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

-Lamentations 3:21-24

Loss and Learning

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” -Psalm 50:15

Sunday afternoon, my niece moved away. Barring a miracle, the move is permanent and it is highly likely we will not see her often, if ever again. She has left a gaping hole in the hearts of me and my parents. We had cared for J almost full time for the past 19 months (she and her parents lived with us and both her parents worked) and she was the happiest part of our lives. Read More

Thank You, George

Sleep eluded me last night. I finally decided to read, and for some reason, an old childhood favorite came to mind. All I really remembered about it was that it had been one of my favorites in third grade and that it was full of stories of answered prayer. I knew there was a chance it would make me cry, but I also knew God had probably reminded me of it for a reason. Read More

Trust

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” -Job 13:15a

I wish that those words were as true for me as they were for Job.

Some people say that trusting in God during times of grief is like believing in the sun even in the middle of the darkest night. I find trusting God in the midst of sorrow to be a bit more difficult. But I do know that, when grief overwhelms, you have to cling to the things you knew were true when joy abounded. You have to hold on like a drowning man to the knowledge that all things, yes, even this, are working to conform you to the image of Christ. He *is* faithful, He *is* trustworthy, even when you can’t make sense of what He sends.

“A bruised reed He will not break.” -Isaiah 42:3a

Out of the Depths

Sometimes in this broken world life is hard. Sometimes I cannot find the faith to call out from the depths. More often that not, that is when I am blessed by anthems I thought I had forgotten. And when the truths of Scripture are set to the right music, it is hard to reject their comfort.
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For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
– Psalm 62:5-7

February has been a challenging month. Fulfilling responsibilities while dealing with unrelenting family conflict is a challenge, and this month was overloaded in both areas. As we draw near to the end of February, I can see how good God has been to me and the encouragements He has sent me along the way. A sent me the sweetest, most encouraging text the morning after one of the roughest nights – without even knowing what had transpired; F called me out of the blue on a day I was struggling and even though I wasn’t able to talk long, just hearing from her greatly lightened my burden. Even D got me to set aside my deadlines last night and come watch his and L’s soccer game and I breathed angst-free air for almost 3 hours.

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To Lean on Love

“I live to show his power, who once did bring
My joys to weep, and now my griefs to sing.”
-George Herbert

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
(Psalm 30:5b)

If the Mitchells had a family hymn, it would be one by William Cowper. My father’s favorite line in the hymn is “Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.” And mine is “The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.” Read More

Redeeming the Time

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom…” (Psalm 90:12)

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
-Jonathan Edwards, Resolution No. 5

My goal for this month fits in well with this resolution, for my goal is to assess how I spend my time and determine ways to redeem it better. Read More

Spiritual Fitness

“…for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. ” – 1 Timothy 4:8-12

I would like 2017 to be a year I live deliberately – for if I do not pursue Christ intentionally, I know I will fail Him unintentionally. Read More

Strength to Forgive

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” – Matthew 18:21-22

The best way indicator of whether or not you’ve truly forgiven someone is your reaction when they repeat the offense. Can you forgive them a second time for the same hurt? What about a fourth, tenth, seventeenth, or thirty-eighth time? Read More