Jeff really has a grasp of God’s mercy and comfort in the midst of the difficulties of raising special needs children. And he has a gift for encouraging others along the way with God’s truth. Here’s just one example.
“Heart of a Mother’s Prayers” by Stephanie Romero decided to feature a couple of my “Dad” entries for Father’s Day this weekend. I am very honored to be chosen. Thank you, Stephanie! I think most of you would enjoy Stephanie’s blog (especially moms). Read a few of her entries and then subscribe.
I am looking forward to a great weekend. Tomorrow, Aidan and I are going to have a “boys’ day,” probably hiking at Sweetwater Creek. Then I will finish my preparation to teach on the return from exile (Haggai, Zechariah, etc.) on Sunday morning. I love teaching God’s Word! Enjoy a great Father’s Day weekend and make sure to tell dad (or husband) “thank you” for whatever he does well. Be an encourager!
One of my greatest goals for this blog is to point people to the very real hope that Jesus offers. Not a false hope or a hope on just good days — but a hope that inspires us through the painful realities that we face.
Linnea is a writer whom I met through her blog. She understands and clings to this hope. Read here: Brevity–May 16, 1990.
In the comments, she mentions the hope expressed in Romans 5. That is exactly the Scripture that inspired hope in us during the dark days around our daughter’s diagnosis. I wrote about that:
“When my daughter was diagnosed with an incurable illness, I could not think it would lead to hope. It was despair that lurked in the shadows of seizure-filled nights. Fear preyed on me with each mysterious side-effect from the various seizure medications. And confusion threatened to overwhelm me as I tried to understand mitochondrial diseases.
But God did not let me fall. …” Finish reading
In what do you hope? In what circumstances do you need His hope today? Stand in God’s hope and you will be able to stand.
OK, I am trying something new by referencing someone’s blog. But this is a great reminder of our inherent worth as God’s dwelling place (for those who are Christians). Read and reflect.
In what areas of your life do you have the most problems believing that God loves and values you? For me, I think it is when I teach or write. I crave the positive feedback that I did well, that what I did makes a difference. If I am not careful, I become too interested in the applause of people and not being in tune with God’s opinion.