Counted with the Stars

CountedWiththeStars_mck.inddA Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

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FREE Men of the Bible Coloring Page – Cain and Abel

Men of the Bible Coloring Page-Cain and Abel The story of Cain and Abel is one of the saddest in the Bible, but it is also a story full of God’s mercy. Two brothers offer sacrifices to God. Abel gives his best and pleased God. Cain does not. When he knows God is not pleased, he gets angry. Genesis 4:6-7 says, “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.'” God didn’t send fiery judgment or make it impossible to serve Him. He patiently showed Cain what he had done wrong and how to do right.  Continue reading

‘Till the storm passes by . . .

13930249 - some ominous storm clouds in the sky over houses in a neighborhoodAs I write this post, Americans are enduring tragic situations in every direction. Cat 5 Hurricane Irma has already ravaged the Caribbean islands in the Atlantic, and is pounding its way through southern Florida and is predicted to continue up through Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Several of the authors who share this blog with us have homes in Florida. Meanwhile fires are raging across Washington Continue reading

Volunteer Burnout

Volunteer Burnout

Volunteer Burnout

I’ve said it time and time again, “I am not going to raise my hand and volunteer to help with that project. I am not going to offer to extend my services this time. I already have too much to do!” Yet, more often than not, I still find myself volunteering to help out in some fashion. Sometimes, even when I do successfully pull back from volunteer work, I still struggle with a tendency to offer to help out in the future—in spite of the fact that I know I will be just as busy and just as in need of rest.

I admit that, some days, I do not have time to read my Bible because of a deadline related to my volunteer work. Situations like these should be unacceptable to us. Keeping a biblical perspective on life and work should direct us as we seek to prioritize our time. Every minute—every single second—counts in life, but what we choose to do should all be done to glorify God.

Without question, there are times when we should take a break from volunteer work. According to Ecclesiastes 3:12, “There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted.” Sometimes, we arrive at a point in life that God has appointed for us as a season of needed rest. We should not overwork ourselves when we need to pull back and regroup.

This is not to say that we should grow lax about volunteering to help others. Charles Spurgeon stated, “Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time, fill them up with holy service.” We should actively seek to volunteer to help others, but we should not do so at the expense of our work commitments, spiritual commitments, or physical and emotional health.

Finally, we should never forget that our time is limited. My dear friend, Susan Norton, decided that once God healed her of her cancer, she would visit hospitals to tell patients about the miracle God had given her through faith. God did heal her for a time, but sadly, her cancer came back, and she did not get that chance. She was cancer free for just three weeks before she died at the young age of 55. She was beautiful inside and out and will be dearly missed!

Time is precious. We have to use it wisely because we never know when it will run out. But when we do offer to help others, we should do so in a healthy manner that doesn’t leave us physically drained and helpless.

We need to teach our little ones how to use their time wisely by being a living example!

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