Day 28 - When You Need Life-Giving Power by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 28 – When You Need Some Serious Life-Giving Power

It was the first morning temperatures really dropped, and the kids and I were going nowhere fast in a car that wouldn’t start. “So much for being on time,” I said, and slumped back against the seat. I was trying to take the kids to school. Which neighbors could give us a jump? Weren’t they all…

Day 27 - The Solid Rock Invites a Stone Toss by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 27 – The Solid Rock Invites a Stone Toss

The pastor bent down, straightened, and emerged behind the pulpit holding a two-by-four that extended about six feet in front of him! He held it to his eye while he quoted Matthew 7:5. Startled laughter, including my own, rippled through the pews. I relaxed slightly, despite myself. But when I heard him pause, I felt sick. Here it comes…

Look Up Sometimes (Pearl Allard)

Update, Feedback & Election

Hello dear friends! I wanted to take a moment to update you on the Look Up for 31 Days series. First, I’m sorry if I left you hanging! The series obviously did not get completed in October, like I’d hoped. However, I don’t consider it a failure at all! The material has made me more excited about the topic than…

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Day 26 - When This Little Light of Mine Doesn't Feel Like Enough by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 26 – When This Little Light of Mine Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

I realized WE are the light of the world – God’s children. And I thought about matches. They don’t light until struck. And I wondered if the struggles that have struck us are God’s tool to shine more brightly through us. If our God is a consuming fire, and He is in us, we have nothing to fear: He will…

Day 25 - Take Grace by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 25 – Take Grace

Ann Voskamp wrote the bestseller One Thousand Gifts — gratitude precedes the miracle. She highlights Jesus giving thanks before he feeds the five thousand. The Broken Way, is based on Jesus breaking the food before distributing it. My observation focuses on the two actions before either thanking or breaking…

Day 23 - Doing Things Differently by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 23 – Doing Things Differently

Doing things differently isn’t easy. That’s why I think the stories I heard growing up about Joshua and the battle of Jericho don’t do it justice. There’s an internal agony that rages a whole battle of its own when you venture out into the unconventional…

Day 22 - Look & Live: The Ugly Truth Sets Us Free by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 22 – Look & Live: The Ugly Truth Sets Us Free

I locked myself in the bathroom – the only place a mom seems to get any privacy. I was so frustrated with the kids I was crying and praying in a whisper-scream. “You say the truth will set me free, but my truth? Is not pretty! I’m a mess trying to control my temper. And failing I might add! How does that truth set me free?”…

Day 20 - When There is Nowhere to Go by Pearl Allard (Look Up for 31 Days series)

Day 20 – When There’s Nowhere to Go

If you are just joining me, welcome! You can find an explanation of this series here: Day 1 – Introduction. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. Exodus 14:10 Story: Exodus 13:17 – Exodus 14 Sometimes God is intentionally vague in his directions…

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