This week, I’m honored to participate in a blog series on the topic of love with Baker Book House. I was in elementary school when I first reached out to my neighbors with Jesus’ love. That was also when I first learned sharing Jesus’ love wasn’t as easy as I thought it was. My childhood […]
How the Joy of the Lord Can Be Your Strength
“This is it. This is her final journey home,” my husband said. For the past 24 hours, our phones had blown up with text messages from my father-in-law. My husband’s 94-year-old grandmother was in the hospital. The doctors had just made their diagnosis. This would be her journey to Heaven. She had told us for […]
Praying Against Excessiveness
I sat on the treadmill, elbows resting on knees, fists supporting my head. Cold from the basement floor seeped through my knitted slippers, turning my feet numb. Numb. That’s how I felt. I faced two floor-to-ceiling metal shelves overflowing with stuff. A basket of mismatched knitting needles had spilled at my feet. Three tubs bulging […]
4 Practical Ways to Love the Elderly This Holiday
“Mom, please, no, please don’t make me go. Those places make me sick to my stomach.” I begged and pleaded with my mom as she grabbed her purse and replied, “You’re going. Get in the car.” I wasn’t trying to be a whiny kid, but every time I stepped into a hospital or nursing home, […]
Why should we pray to ask God for things?
*We are continuing to journey with Jesus through the end of the year with a Bible reading plan through the Gospels. Please join in on Facebook at facebook.com/ameliarhodeswriter (Click “follow” next to the “like” button and then “See first” on the drop down to not miss a post!) or on Instagram at instagram.com/ameliamrhodes. We started […]
How can we pray according to God’s will?
I sat on the outside ring of the group of men and women praying. The young man in the center had just discovered through a routine doctor visit that he likely had cancer. He was a young father, and the news shook his church community like an earthquake. Around me, voices lifted with pleas for […]