Day 23: Go and Make Disciples, Matthew 28:19-20

“Go and make disciples,” Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19). Every time I hear or read those words, my heart sinks. Go and talk to people I don’t know? Share the details of my life? With strangers? Go and hide sounds more like me.

Fortunately, that isn’t the end of the passage. “…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20).” I do nothing alone. Jesus promises He is with me. Always.

In every circumstance. Even the ones that make me want to run away and hide. But still, going very far is highly unlikely for me; I don’t even have a passport. So what can I do to obey this command? How do I live my faith, step out of my comfort zone, and make disciples? Continue reading “Day 23: Go and Make Disciples, Matthew 28:19-20”

Day 22: Win the Battle, Ephesians 6:10-11

Van loves sailing. He started sailing at 14 and fell in love. When we got married in 1977, sailing became part of my life too. For a few years, we owned a small sailboat of our own. We also spent several years caring for and therefore had the privilege of sailing, a friend’s boat.

My favorite part of a sailboat is when it’s docked. Safe and sound. Minimal movement. I love sitting in the sunshine reading and watching the sea life, from sea lions to pelicans and herons, to schools of small fish. It’s a comfortable, peaceful way to spend the day.

Van prefers the time spent actually sailing. Open ocean, wind in his face, boat cutting through the water. He doesn’t even need a destination, just as long as he’s out on the water. Usually, the water is fairly calm when we sail, but occasionally, a storm brews and it feels like we’re in a battle with the sea. Continue reading “Day 22: Win the Battle, Ephesians 6:10-11”

Day 21: Be a Woman of Great Worth, 1 Peter 3:3-4

Do you have a life verse? One verse that speaks to you directly, helps you in every situation. A verse you memorize and try to live by. The first time I read 1 Peter 3:3-4, I felt a nudge that said, “you need to remember this.” Those last eight words, “which is of great worth in God’s sight,” tugged at my heart. Continue reading “Day 21: Be a Woman of Great Worth, 1 Peter 3:3-4”

Day 20: Strength and Dignity, Proverbs 31:25-26

Every morning I stand in my closet and stare at the clothes hanging there. Some days I put on one thing, only to shake my head, mumble something about not liking the way I look and try on something else. Getting dressed shouldn’t be so difficult!

And I realize I have the wrong focus. I worry about what others who see me will think about my outward appearance. But whether I wear sweats so I can clean the house or a dress and heels, my outfit does nothing more than cover. Clothes can’t provide what I need to deal with life. If I want to truly impact my home and community, I need much more than a coordinating outfit. Continue reading “Day 20: Strength and Dignity, Proverbs 31:25-26”

Day 19: No Sin in Anger, Ephesians 4:26

Anger and hurt filled my heart and mind. I forced myself to swallow the dinner that tasted like cardboard, my throat tight with tears I didn’t want to fall. I stared without seeing at my plate, the picture on the wall, anywhere but at Van. The agonizing meal over, I wiped off the last kitchen counter. Without a word, I closed the bedroom door as quietly as I could and climbed into bed. Finally, I let the tears fall as I poured out my grievances to the One who listened. Unlike my stubborn husband.

For the next several days, Van and I tiptoed around each other, the only words spoken, “Pass the salt, please.” No smiles or hugs. A home without peace or joy.

Until, finally, one or the other of us offered an apology. Sometimes without quite remembering what caused the conflict to begin with. And then, discussion and forgiveness. Continue reading “Day 19: No Sin in Anger, Ephesians 4:26”