• Beth Ackerman wrote a new post, Thorns 2 days ago

    ThumbnailDuring this time of Lent, I’ve been reflecting on the cost of our freedom. It’s tempting to set aside the story of the cross when my current path feels like a walk in the park with pretty brick sidewalks and […]

  • There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    — Galatians 3:28

    There is a commercial called “Like a Girl.” It’s a powerful portrayal […]

  • Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  —I Thessalonians 5:18


    Thanksgiving 2000 will always be my most memorable Thanksgiving feast.  My sister Amy’s best […]

  • “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” —2 Corinthians 3:17

    I have tried the New Year Resolutions that focus on outward behaviors, like losing weight, […]

  • A few decades ago, I was having an obnoxious teenager moment with my Dad. He had asked me to get off the phone and I refused. When I finally did get off the phone, I stormed to my room, put on head phones, and […]

  • Thumbnail“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs […]

  • Thumbnail“In Kindergarten, your idea of a good friend was the one who let you have the red crayon, when all that was left was the ugly black one.” —Unknown


    I used to see this quote as only being about […]

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    The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want – Psalms 23

    My daughter is at what I call the “gimmie” stage.  At seven years old, she just can’t seem to be content with whatever she has.  We’re not even out of […]

  • ThumbnailRejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again; rejoice – Philippians 4:4

    This month my husband and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage and 22 years of being together.  As wonderful as things are now in […]

  • ThumbnailWhile our house typically looks clean, I recently prepared for an event that forced me to clean out the cabinets, drawers, closets, shelves, storage space, etc. I would open a drawer and feel this overwhelming […]

  • Thumbnail“See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin”. – Matthew 6:28

    One of the most awesome things about being around children is seeing the world through their eyes.  So many times I just hurry […]

  • ThumbnailIn the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. —Romans 8:26

    The winter months are my long, […]

  • ThumbnailBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with […]

  • ThumbnailThere is so much to read about “self-help” and finding happiness. We sometimes inundate ourselves with these materials while seeing the Bible as do’s and don’ts that restrict us rather than a guide for finding […]

  • ThumbnailThere’s been a long-standing joke between my husband and myself that he’s the patient turtle and I’m the rabbit that runs through life making many mistakes in the end.  His patience of a turtle is evident by his […]

  • ThumbnailI stumble my way through life. Recently at a conference, I tripped down the stairs.  At the bottom of the stairs stood the board of this organization, where they all turned to me. One of them said, “Beth. Beth can […]

  • Thumbnail“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart” (Proverbs 3:3).

    We added a puppy to our family last month, my first pet!  It’s hard to get […]

  • Thumbnail“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23 When I think about all the trouble I’ve caused myself throughout my life, it has often centered on not holding my […]

  • ThumbnailSee to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. (Hebrews 12:15)

    Grace is critical for our relationship with […]

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    Looking at the immaterial tools for growing in knowledge and wisdom, one of the most important personal attributes is realizing that you are worthy. One of the major themes of the Bible is how God uses people […]

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