Volume 15.02 | February 2014

  • 01-Being.A.Friend

    Being a Friend

    When Jesus told His disciples, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,”1 He was literally describing His upcoming death on the cross to save humanity. The subsequent events proved that He was willing to give up everything for us, His friends. Jesus’ love is perfect and His friendship […]

  • 02-Real.Friends

    Real Friends

    When I was a teenager, I thought I knew it all. I was full of insecurities, but I was also full of opinions—strong ones! Looking back, I feel sorry for my parents. I’m sure I wasn’t an easy child to raise, especially as a teen. I didn’t like the fact that I had stricter parents […]

  • 03-Love.Beyond.Limits

    Love Beyond Limits

    Consistently thinking of others and trying to meet their needs, especially when that involves personal sacrifice, is a tall order! It’s so easy to be lazy, selfish, and self-centered. Most of us are that way naturally. Our first reactions are usually about ourselves—what we want and what will make us happy. But with Jesus’ help, […]

  • 04-The.Poetry.Of.Love

    The Poetry of Love

    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. —Proverbs 17:17 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. —Proverbs 18:24 Love cannot be drowned by oceans or floods; it cannot be bought, no matter what is offered. —Song of Solomon […]

  • 05-Known.To.Him

    Known to Him

    I guess I’m in the season of life where I’m so occupied living life and keeping up with all my projects and everything I need to do as a mother, caregiver, teacher, and wife that I just can’t seem to find the time to write blog posts and letters to friends about myself. It’s not […]

  • 06-Singing.In.The.Train

    Singing in the Train

    Jack sank deeper into his seat in the cold train carriage and pulled his hat down over his ears. He and his fellow passengers had been stranded there for several hours already. The steam locomotive and the lead carriage of the overnight express train had jumped the tracks halfway between hell and nowhere. Now all […]

  • 07-The.Lower.Lights

    The Lower Lights

    When my husband’s health was declining and I was visiting him at the hospital, I would see other patients in waiting rooms or in their beds and think about what they must be suffering. Some of them, especially the very aged, would be lying there all alone, day after day. I visited the hospital daily for […]

  • 08-Limitless.Love

    Limitless Love

    The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing.—Psalm 145:9,15–16 God’s love extends to every person. Ever since He created human […]

  • 09-Bucketfulls.Of.Roses

    Bucketfuls of Roses

    Things are going from bad to worse, Lord, and I think I know why, I thought as I pulled my sunglasses over my eyes and stuffed my hands as far as possible into my pockets. I must have done something really wrong, because I don’t think You love me anymore! Yes, I do, a voice […]

  • 10-Married.To-A.Star

    Married to a Star

    In the romantic movies I watched while growing up, the whole universe seemed to pause when Mr. Right met Miss Right. From then on, apparently the only things they required for survival were doses of staring into each other’s eyes and embracing, preferably in some dreamy exotic locale. Like many others, I believed this was […]

  • 11-The.One.And.Only.You

    The One and Only You

    It’s difficult to “love your neighbor as yourself”1 if your own self-esteem is low. God made each of us unique and has endowed us with a distinct balance of strengths and weaknesses. The problem begins when we compare ourselves with other people and their situations, or we measure ourselves by society’s standards of success and […]

  • 12-Leaning.On.Him

    Leaning on Him

    It’s dinner time. It’s not exactly a party, but it is a special meal. They booked a private room, ordered the food, and now they are sitting around, eating, drinking, talking. The leader of this disparate group of friends had seemed very eager for the supper—he’d even helped initiate the arrangements. But now he is in […]