Our freedom always comes at a cost. The freedom we enjoy as Americans cost our founding fathers and all those who defend our nation something. For many, it cost them their lives.
Likewise, our spiritual freedom comes at a great cost.
As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him, Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor.
Jesus was falsely accused, arrested, and taken before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor. After interrogating Jesus extensively, Pilate found no basis to charge him. He offered to release Jesus, but the Jewish leaders insisted that he was guilty. They asked Pilate to release Barabbas, a guilty felon, and crucify Jesus, who was not guilty of any charges.
It is hard to wrap my mind around the thinking of the Jewish leaders. But we know that all the events surrounding Jesus arrest were to fulfill God’s purpose as well as buy my freedom and your freedom. more “The Cost of Freedom”
Let’s face it, our lives are busy. We are under constant pressure to do more and more daily. The demands of raising young children, coupled with family, work, and other responsibilities are enough to stifle joy out of our lives.
We feel overwhelmed… there’s too much to do.
As a young mom, joy was the last thing on my mind. Often, I was busy juggling many responsibilities including taking kids to school, soccer practices, games, piano lessons, and birthday parties.
Speaking of birthday parties, back then, we had so many it was hard to keep up. I once took the wrong kid to a birthday party. Let me explain… my daughter was invited to a classmate’s party, but I thought it was my son who was invited. On the day of the party, I showed up with my son to an all girls’ party. Can you relate? more “How to Cultivate Joy in your Marriage”
Son: There is a fox at the door.
Me: Open the door and bring it in.
Son: Mom! It is a fox, not a box!
Jumping out of bed, I dashed to the door. Sure enough, there was a fox at the door. Can you imagine what would have happened if my son had opened the door to let the fox in?
This incident reminds me of two little foxes I let into my life early in my marriage. My friendship with the little fox of resentment started rather innocently. Whenever I felt that I was treated unfairly, or my input was discounted, I would get angry. Outwardly, everything looked fine, but I was stewing inside. Over time this bad habit grew and festered into bitterness which left me frustrated and created all kinds of problems in my marriage. more “How to prevent little foxes from wreaking havoc in your marriage and relationships”