Recently, a friend asked me to share my testimony. I was a taken aback. No one had ever asked me for my story before. Come to think of it, I wasn't so sure I had much of a story to tell. When I hear testimonies of how people had drastic circumstances that brought them to the Lord, I am usually in awe. Former gangsters, former drug dealers, former atheists, former prositutes, orphans, homeless...these are the people that have a testimony, right? I've done plenty of stupid stuff in my…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 29, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Last week, we took our official annual family camping trip. Each summer, we take one trip to a California State Park that I deem “official”because it is with kids and without cell phones, laptops, or iPods. The only media we allow are cameras and Kindles (for capturing memories, and because we can keep all our books in one place). What I discovered on this trip was that three days of no Facebook updates, no check-ins, no Tweets and no notifications can actually be…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 22, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments
My children auditioned for a guest spot on a national radio show last weekend. You'd think they'd just been "discovered" and offered a multi-million dollar movie contract! All they can talk about is how cool it will be if one of them gets the part. They'd get to go in an airplane for the first time, meet the other characters in the show, see new places, etc. Then my 12-year-old son goes on a tangent about how, when he's famous someday, he's going to buy a Dodge Viper. My 7-year-old daughter,…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 9, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
My seven-year-old daughter often helps me in the manufacturing process in our small soap making business. The other afternoon, out of the blue, she came up to me and said, “Mom, I think we should give some of our soap to the homeless.”
This is one of those moments in a parent’s life…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 4, 2012 at 12:46pm — No Comments
For some reason, this summer, I’ve caught the camping bug. I grew up with a love of the outdoors. From a very tender age, I would go camping, hunting and fishing with my dad. He taught my sister and I to love and respect nature…then to blow the little squirrels right out of the ground. (Hey, the other squirrels eat their deceased comrades, so we were really just feeding them from a distance!)
Now that I am a grown adult with big-girl responsibilities, I don’t get as much time as I’d…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on July 3, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments
I peeked in on my son sleeping this morning, and was aghast at how tall he actually looked lying in bed. He is twelve years old, on the brink of his journey through Junior High, and I can hardly believe how much he's grown. I looked at his feet (now bigger than mine), and his hands (almost bigger than mine), and…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
A good marriage has the husband as the servant leader.
In looking further in Ephesians, we see what Paul says when he addresses the men:
“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave His life up for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s Word…Husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 24, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments
A good marriage is mutually submissive.
These next two sections on submission will probably be the hardest pill to swallow, simply because it is controversial in all groups, Christian and non-Christian alike. I am taking this topic in two sections, because submission is divided into two parts in Scripture: the women’s responsibility and the men’s responsibility. As I stated in the beginning, expert opinions differ on this matter, but I choose to look into the Bible to see what…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 24, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments
A good marriage is a covenant.
Biblically speaking, a human marriage is a real-life illustration of two covenant relationships: the relationship between God and Israel, and the relationship between Christ and the church.
The covenant between God and Israel is shown through the parallel life story of the prophet Hosea. God used not only Hosea’s words, but also his life, to reach the people of Israel. Hosea 1:2 says, “When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 18, 2012 at 1:23pm — No Comments
I have Psoriatic Arthritis. There, I said it. I don't like to dwell on it, and I refuse to let it define me. However, as with any disorder, there are days where I feel like I've hit a wall...hard...repeatedly. Today is one of those days.
For those of you who don't know, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, very much like its infamous cousin, rheumatoid. To put it in layman's terms, my immune system is so hyper and gung-ho, it attacks everything-including my own body. My…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 18, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments
Today, I embark on a journey. I am beginning (and hopefully finishing) a project that has long been on my heart. I call this the Marriage Thesis. Merriam-Webster defines a thesis as “a dissertation embodying results of original research and especially substantiating a specific view.”
This work of love is a result of my original, painstaking research, and it substantiates not only my specific view of marriage, but what I believe to be more important—God’s view. Plenty of Christian and…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 15, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments
I am a divorcee. I am also a second wife (the remarriage kind, not the polygamy kind), a stepmom, and a frustrated ex-wife.
Ask anyone who truly knows me: very often, I have to learn things that hard way. Unfortunately, this sometimes comes at the expense of those around me. My poor decisions that led up to my first marriage (which was also a poor decision) created a world that now creates a harsh reality for me and my children. That reality is a split living…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 14, 2012 at 1:23pm — No Comments
For all you fellow blogging moms out there, you know what it's like to juggle whining kids, dishes, laundry, bathrooms that cry out for attention, lunches that must be made, kitchen floors that must be swept, gardens that must be weeded and watered, and dogs that must be bathed. On top of all this, there's the soft chirping of Twitter alerts, the chiming of Facebook updates, and the ever-present nagging of blogs that must be written before you fall into bed, exhausted.
What's a mom to…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 13, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments
For those moms of boys, there is a camaraderie among us. We are the moms who have grown accustomed to rough-and-tumble play, checking pants pockets on laundry day for small critters, stepping on Legos with bare feet (and trying not to let your son hear you curse…Continue