Refine me, and Refine Me Again

“Must I continue to be tried?” Contributing writer Ami from When Mercy Found Me encourages us to allow the Lord to refine us, even through suffering.  When I found myself sobbing on Mother’s Day, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Happy tears. Sad tears. Angry tears. An external processor to the core, it gets embarrassing sometimes. But I laugh a lot too…. Read More

The Extraordinary Ordinary

By contributing writer Ami: “I’ll have the Ordinary Special.” “Do you want blue skies with that?” “Yes please.” “Ok, that’ll be one Ordinary Special coming right up. Runny noses, nap time songs, making dinner, a kiss when the husband comes home, an argument, extra reconciliation snuggles, and a side of blue skies.” “Yep, that’ll do it. I’ll have it my… Read More

Stop Saying You’re Sorry: Living in True Gospel Community

By contributing writer Ami: “Stop saying you’re sorry. You say it all the time.” “I do? Oh, I’m sorry.” Their looks said it all. Then we dissolved into laughter. “Seriously though, you don’t need to say you’re sorry; you’ve done nothing wrong. And you say it a lot when you talk about Jon.” She was right. I thought I talked about… Read More

A King, a Prince, and a Wretch

By contributing writer, Ami  Once upon a time there was a king. Now, this king was everything a good fairy tale wants. He was powerful, but also good. He was just, but also merciful. He was wise, faithful, and fiercely protective of his kingdom. And he loved his citizens, not as one aloof or stoic, but with passion and vehemence,… Read More

You Will Find Rest for Your Souls

By contributing writer, Ami My fingers and toes were ice, but my face was flushed and hot. Wrapped in a blanket, wearing several layers, including socks and slippers, I could not get warm. The tell tale signs were like stealth fighters. spies on a covert mission. Try as I might to thwart them, I merely slowed their progress. The tactic… Read More

4 Ways To Beat Discontentment When It Feels Too Hard

By contributing writer, Jane For much of this year, I’ve struggled with a general feeling of discontentment. I’ve spent most of my time hoping and praying for new things to happen: a new baby, a new house, new friends, a new church, restored health. I’ve shared all the desires of my heart with God and waited in expectation. But as weeks,… Read More