Summer is officially on!
The neighborhood is ready. Campers are all rolling out of town, the grocery store is sold out of marshmallows and backpacks are empty and stored til fall. There's a welcome to this break that bursts with eager anticipation accurately reflecting the exaltation, "this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Ps 118:24).
Many of you could already be on break, may this shift in gears bring you rest, refreshment, and rejoicing in memories to be made.
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This week I was doing some reading from church history and came across this from St. Jerome:
"A righteous man" we read, "falls seven times and rises up again" (Prov 24:16). If he falls, how is he righteous? Yet if he is righteous, how does he fall? The solution is that a sinner doesn’t lose the name of a righteous man, if he each time repents of his sins, rising up again. If a sinner repents, his sins are forgiven, not only seven times, but seventy times seven! And whoever is forgiven much, loves much, like the prostitute who washed the Saviour’s feet with her tears, wiping them with her hair. To her, as a symbol of the Church gathered from the nations, Christ declared: “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48). The self-satisfied Pharisee perished in his smugness; the self-effacing tax-collector found salvation in confessing his sin." (Nick Needham, Daily Readings – The Early Church Fathers)
As Momma Theologians launches this study on repentance this resonated once agin with my heart, to draw near to the Saviour's feet in my own tears of confession and repentance.
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With summer upon us there are numerous opportunities and ways to spend our time. Jen shares with us tips of how her family grew through these summer days.
"Today, imagination is reality. I have a magic mirror in my pocket. And so do you."
"Have you ever felt inadequate, incompetent, or like you're a failure, even if there's evidence that proves otherwise? The dreadful-and common- affliction we call Imposter Syndrome can be discouraging, but the Bible has a cure!"
A word for the church for such a time as this.
My friend Cara shares with us encouragement from the life of Noah.
From the Risen Motherhood blog: If you or your child has struggled with nightmares, here's a practical idea that was also recommended to us after we experienced a traumatic incident.
Summer is here, perhaps after a busy year serving, you've felt a bit discouraged maybe even a little weary.