Category: Rachel Skirvin
It’s that time of year again—the one we wait for, plan for, and countdown to starting December 26 of last year. Christmas is a lot of people’s favorite season. Everyone seems to be so joyful and kind. As wonderful as it is in most cases, it seems to be a little extra sweet for children. When I was a child, this time of year was filled with more excitement and expectancy than my Christmas pajamas could handle. The lights, the cookies, the Toys R Us special catalog all had me wishing it was Christmas every day.
As I get older, Christmas is all that and more to me because I realize what a wonderful meaning there is attached to it and why we celebrate. Children often associate Christmas with Santa, gifts, and snowmen, but as our reality changes with age, … Read More »
“I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys.
I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through.
For if I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them.
I wouldn’t know what faith in God can do.”
We had barely been married a month and were still unpacking when we were forced to evacuate our home, running from an impending category five hurricane. That’s when I was hit harder than ever with the fact I am never going to be strong enough to be in control, no matter what.
Storms can teach you more than you think you are ready to learn. It’s hurricane season. Around my coastal city in Florida, that means being on constant alert to what is going on in the tropics. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and a few other monsters have … Read More »
“As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” – Antisthenes
What I am about to say is not news. It is nothing you have managed to avoid for a lifetime. You have fallen prey to it many times, and it was experienced by countless others long before you and I were even thought of. This thing was dealt with before justice systems, gun control, or even electricity. Yes, jealousy, like other age-old feelings, is nothing new. Grandma has felt it, your siblings have felt it, the person you hold in highest esteem has, I’m sure, suffered it. And if you were honest, you would say that this feeling has visited you a time or ten in your life.
Childhood. Think back to that time someone else got the toy you wanted; that … Read More »
I have no catchy title or opening line for this article because grace needs no formal introduction. It is in itself something beautiful. It is one of the hardest concepts for some people to grasp but one of the most wonderful realities to behold.
Grace, by definition is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” Most people love to hear the word free, but if you have much experience with it, many times the word deviously hides stipulations and requirements. Grace however has no conditions, only that you fully accept it. You don’t have to earn it or try and understand why it is allotted to you. It is freely given because it was paid for by the blood of Christ.
To be transparent, I too have struggled … Read More »
In my reading not long ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a simple, yet powerful concept. That morning, I opened my heart a little wider as I re-opened a gift that was purchased long ago. I’m not sure why it never stood out to me, but depending on the tense where forgiveness is used, “give” and “gave” are found in the word itself.
Forgiving is the intentional act of not harboring hurt and hate or feeling like you are owed something. Rather it is a choice you make to give, even in the face of crippling offenses. It is a decision to give another chance, to love, to turn the other cheek, and to let go.
When you forgive, you stop expecting the other person to compensate. Instead you offer love in the face of what scarred you most. … Read More »