February 10, 2014
The Perfect Valentine:
A Personal Valentine from God
I Love You and Will Always Care for You
February 3, 2014
Triumph over Tragedy
I love stories about triumph over tragedy. One Light Still Shines, by Marie Monville, wife of the man who committed the Amish Schoolhouse massacre, is that kind of story.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
On October 2, 2006, Marie’s husband of ten years entered an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and did the unthinkable. He shot ten young girls, five who died. And then he turned the gun on himself.
Secret of Marie’s Triumph over Tragedy
Most of us probably heard about the tragedy and grieved with the Amish families who lost precious children. Since that time, people have asked 28-year-old Marie how she could possibly emerge and move forward from such a tragedy with so much triumph.This devoted woman of God shares her ”secret” in the prologue of her book:
No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.1
A True Love Story
Indeed it does. Especially in the life of Marie Monville. February is the month we emphasize “love.” But this is one love story that’s not fiction, but a true story based on one woman’s courage and faith. I encourage you to read her book. It’s not a story filled with trite phrases or glib responses, but it shows a soul wrenched by tragedy, yet drenched by the unspeakable love of God.
Her Story Is About Your Future
Her story is one of love and forgiveness, of hope and mercy, sometimes from the most unexpected places. It’s a remarkable story. But Marie would not say it’s because she is remarkable, but that her God is. Her book cover quotes her own words, “My story is not about my past, but about your future.
We All Have a Love Story Being Written
Marie is right, you know. Life is not a tragedy. And we all have a love story being written in our own lives. You may think the lights have gone out in your own life. But just like in Marie’s heart, we, too, can choose to let that one Light still shine. If we follow that Light, one step at a time, we’ll discover that love story for which we were all made.
You can read more about Marie’s book here. I discovered this book recently and couldn’t wait to write this review of her story.
1 Marie Monville, One Light Still Shines (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).
What about You?
How has God helped you triumph over tragedy? I’d love to hear your comments.
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December 11, 2013
Today is the eleventh in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord–Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas.)
Lord, more than ever, so many need Your healing–body, soul, and spirit. In their times of greatest pain they sometimes hide from You, thinking You will not know–or even care.
You Are Our Only Hope
But You are Jehovah Rapha, the God Who Heals. You are our only hope. Read more
November 11, 2013
We’re bombarded daily with ideas or products that might enrich our lives. But here are four radical choices you can make, four “actions” you can take, that will not only change your life, but the lives of others around you: Read more
October 21, 2013
It’s easy to form the wrong opinion of ourselves when we listen to the wrong voices. But there is one voice that rings true every time. You are indeed beautiful to Him. Read more
April 15, 2013
Is there such a thing as enduring love–the kind that lasts forever? In a world filled with break-ups and break downs, who can count on real love anymore? Read more
April 8, 2013
The questions arose in Job’s day. And people are still asking them today. Read more
March 4, 2013
If you’re looking for inspiring books to read, The Moses Quilt shares both a contemporary, interracial romance of two young people, Mazi Hartford and Edward Clayton, and the story of Harriet Tubman, a former slave. Through the pages of history, author Kathi Macias skillfully weaves a courageous tale told piece by piece through the quilt owned by Mazi’s great grandmother. She does a good job of bringing contemporary and history together in a unique way.
Mazi’s reluctance to marry Edward is a puzzle both to him and other family members. Even Mazi herself doesn’t understand her hesitancy. But the quilt–and the journey she follows through Harriet Tubman’s life–may help her find the thread she needs.
The plot is simple, and so are the characters. You won’t find an in-depth page turner here, but you will discover a story that crosses racial and generational boundaries–and one in which one woman’s courage made a lasting difference to those around her–and to succeeding generations.
Keep reading to find out how to enter the book giveaway. Read more
February 18, 2013
Big books, little books, kindle books—I love books, and I love reading. Last year I shared with you some of the books I’d been reading, and why. There’s nothing like God’s word to read for our growth, our encouragement, and to know God deeper. But God has also used Christian authors to both inspire and encourage us. I’ve read about 50 more books in the last twelve months. Here are some of the ones I recommend for your reading pleasure. Read more
December 31, 2012
I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. I woke up a week before Christmas with a stiff neck that wouldn’t move in any direction, but was so grateful when it loosened up in time to fly to spend a week with family at Christmas. We missed the snow back home, but we enjoyed a white Christmas wherever we went the last three years at Christmas. So I can’t complain.
Most of all, I pray that the celebration of “CHRIST-mas” this year brought you closer in your relationships with Jesus, family, and others. It’s been such a joy to connect with so many of you through the last few years in this blog, and I look forward to another year of sharing encouragement from God’s heart and mine.
In case you missed some of my blogs last year, here is a list of my Top 10 Posts of 2012: Read more