The Father’s Heart

I can’t remember the first time I heard the story… probably before I was two years old. I know I’ve heard it many hundreds of times since. It’s found in Luke 15:11-32, and it begins: “There once was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Give me my share of the property…’”

Over the years, I’ve heard many variations and retellings and all kinds of teaching on this parable…

I’ve learned to identify with the prodigal son as I’ve been humbled by my sins and failures. I’ve been reminded to run, not walk, into His arms — the moment I come to my senses. I’ve been in awe of the mercy and grace and love of the Father.

I’ve also identified with the elder brother. I’ve learned that it’s wrong to be resentful of the mercy and grace God extends to others, because ultimately we’re all sinners in need of His mercy and grace.

Sometimes it’s easier to know that in your head than to feel in your heart.

Especially when we see former “prodigals” walking in all kinds of favor and blessing that we feel we’ve been denied. When it seems they get all the gifts we’ve desperately prayed for and never received. Deep down we find ourselves wondering why we bothered trying to keep all the rules, trying to do what was right. What did it get us after all?

The Father's Heart

Not long ago, I was doing a Bible study that asked if I could relate to the elder brother’s frustration, and if so, what was wrong with my thinking. The first part of the question was easy (um, yeah!), but I prayed for fresh insight over the second part. Because the answer I gave you above (we all need to be grateful because we’re all sinners) hasn’t always been so helpful to me personally.

Looking over the passage of Scripture, I started by asking myself: “What could the elder son have done differently?”

I guess the implication is that if he wanted something or needed something, he

I’m looking forward to sharing with the ladies at First Church of the Nazarene in Bradenton, FL, at their annual Spring Tea! The event is open to the public and tickets are $5.00. For more information, contact the church office.

Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 11:00-01:00 p.m.
Event: Spring Tea ~ First Church of the Nazarene, Bradenton, FL
Public: Public

I Am His and He Is Mine: A Love Story

I am His and He is Mine

I still remember what it was like when I first fell in love with Jesus. To some people, I know that this kind of language is unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but it’s the language of Scripture, the language that His people have used for centuries to describe what is truly indescribable. Call it poetic imagery or […]

A Declaration of Dependence: He Alone Is My Refuge

Refuge

For several years I’ve asked God to give me a word for the year – one word to focus on, instead of a bunch of resolutions. It’s been a meaningful spiritual discipline… waiting on Him, listening for Him, seeking Him. And then learning to live out the meaning of the word, day by day, month […]

I’ll be sharing Bible stories and crafts during a special Kids Day celebration at the Sarasota LifeWay Christian Store on Saturday, February, 28th. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Date: February 28, 2015
Time: 11:00-01:00 p.m.
Event: Kids Day at LifeWay ~ Sarasota, FL