Like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

In Judith Viorst’s beloved children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Alexander awoke to find gum in his hair and tripped on his skateboard as he got out of bed.  To make matters worse, all his siblings had prizes in their cereal, but, of course, not Alexander.  It all went downhill from there.  School didn’t go so well, and at lunchtime he discovered his mom forgot to include dessert.  When he went for his dental checkup after school, Alexander, of course, was the only one with a cavity. It didn’t help his feelings when the shoe store was out of his size in his favorite tennis shoes.  Alexander had to get plain white ones while his brothers got cool ones.  To top it all off, that night there was kissing on TV.  It was a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”  Alexander decided he would just move to Australia. Continue reading

Gripped by the Green-eyed Monster

She was jealous. It was obvious by the look on her face and more obvious by her behavior.  The Green-eyed Monster had a grip on her and was driving her crazy.

Jealousy. It’s a miserable word.  Miserable because of the way it makes a person feel.  Miserable because of the way it makes a person act.  Miserable if we are the ones who are jealous and miserable if we are the recipient of someone else’s jealousy.  If you’ve never experienced either one by all means count yourself blessed.  Most of us know from experience that jealousy is a painful emotion.

Last week in Bible study we talked about King Saul’s intense jealousy of David. What began as a single thought soon escalated to the point where murder appeared to be a viable solution. Continue reading

You Want Gucci? No Problem!

Five years ago my daughters and I went on a memorable weekend to New York City. If I told you everything we did in such a short time you wouldn’t believe me. Let’s just say we made the most of those four days.

Knowing our time was limited, we had everything all mapped out—certain places we wanted to go and Broadway plays we had tickets to see. At the top of the list were Miss Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and last but not least, Chinatown.  Continue reading

About to Mess Up

Here’s the deal–life is a series of battles. Some are minor skirmishes but others are full-scale war. While we may experience a cease fire agreement from time to time we must not fool ourselves into thinking it’s permanent. No, it’s merely a time to catch our breath to gear up for the next attack.

That was the case for Israel in 1 Samuel 13-14. The Philistines, a war-like people who inhabited the southeastern coastal area of the Mediterranean, had been a thorn in Israel’s side from the time Continue reading

Measuring Up

On October 24-25 the women of FBC Covington invite you to a conference–A Confident Heart. Renee Swope from Proverbs 31 Ministries will be our speaker.  Please be blessed by her guest post today.

Measuring Up

By Renee Swope

stockvault-measuring-tape125328Do you ever compare yourself to others and feel like you don’t quite measure up? Maybe you think you’re not as smart, capable, personable, or as godly as they are?

It is so easy to think that if we had more or knew more, we’d be secure. But the truth is, even people who “have it all” still struggle with feelings of insecurity. The Bible opens with the story of a woman who had everything, but it wasn’t enough (Gen. 2). Continue reading