The crowd at the airport waited expectantly, holding gift bags and pink balloons. Finally, the anticipated flight number from Los Angeles flashed on the arrival screen. Within moments, a couple in their mid-thirties walked toward the cheering group. Two teenagers stretched wide the banner that read, “Welcome Home, Jenny Sue.” Everyone crowded around the young…
Last year an American mega-church made headlines when it challenged the church’s singles to abstain from fornication for 30 days. WHAT?! That’s right. Just 30 days.
“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction” [Proverbs 16:23]
Ouch…or oops…we’ve all been there. Either we have spoken or been spoken to in a way that jabs, scratches or bruises the tender emotions of those around us. David knew his weakness and said,”Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” [Psalm 141:3] Sounds like a wise and healthy prayer to take to heart!
I was 19 when I had an abortion.
I did not go to a clinic–I devised a home remedy plan. After two weeks my body began to abort the month old embryo.
As a reader you are probably thinking, “Why did you do that?” Simply, I was a teenager who was scared.
We do our children no favors if we allow ourselves to be duped by a display of tears or the word “sorry” when it does not spring from true repentance over sin. All children will express sorrow when they are disciplined, but this kind of repentance is aimed only at getting their privileges restored. It can be hard to hold out for true repentance, but the real thing is worth it.
Heather Davis, Contributing Writer Lazy Day Ranch DEPRESSED–sad and gloomy; dejected; downcast DEPRESSION–a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. I have only been on this journey of widowhood for eight months now. I’m encouraged by the Psalms, which are an incredible gift in…