But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:14–16)
So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? The ones you made to exercise more, make healthier food choices, spend more time with family, and spend more time in God’s Word?
“You are what you eat!” We’ve all heard it, right? And, at this time of year, with Christmas and New Year’s parties chock full of sweet and savory goodies that could tempt the cleanest eater into indulging, one might be considering a New Year’s resolution to watch more carefully what’s eaten—after January 1, of course.
A friend on Facebook recently shared a picture of some journals with affirmations on their covers. You know the kind—with a loopy, fat-brush-style font telling you to “Make Ideas Happen” or “Be Humble and Rule the World.”
“Anyone else notice how demanding journal covers have gotten lately?” she asked.
A confession: I read the ends of books first. Last page, last chapter, whatever it takes to give me a quick glimpse into how things end. I live for spoiler alerts and barrel right past them, collecting tidbits of information about plot and characters, and squirreling it away in my memory for future reference.
Ahhh . . . summer. For ministry staff and volunteers, it can be a much-needed time for rest and rejuvenation after a busy program year.
Despite the fact that spring officially began on March 20, its arrival seems to have been delayed in many areas around the country. In New Jersey, where I live, snow and freezing temperatures continued well into April, to the dismay of many a stay-at-home parent, desperate for a little sunshine and outside playtime for their cabin-feverish children. (Or, is that just me?)
🎵 A-B-C-D-E-F-G. . . . 🎵
Anyone with toddlers or preschoolers in their lives probably hears this song frequently. In our house, we’ve sung it so often my oldest son has even started augmenting the tune with his own claps and beats and alternate rhythms.