Posts by MLeeper

Because Band-Aids Can’t Fix Everything

“For You, O Eternal One, have come to my aid and offered me relief.” Psalm 86:17b   When our daughter, Hannah, was in kindergarten, we lovingly called her “Little Nightingale.” She may have been an elementary-school rookie, but it didn’t take long for our 6-year-old to realize that recess is both the happiest and most…

Marvelous Maker

How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.—Psalm 104:24   As an amateur photographer, I enjoy capturing glimpses of God’s creativity with my camera. I see His fingerprints on each delicate flower petal, each vibrant sunrise and sunset, and each cloud-painted and star-speckled sky…

In Progress or Completed?

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.—Hebrews 10:14   It’s satisfying to finish a job. Each month, for instance, one of my job responsibilities gets moved from one category to another, from “In Progress” to “Completed.” I love clicking that “Completed” button. But last month when I…

Abba, Father

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15   My grandkids call me “Papa.” The other day one of my grandchildren said, “Uppy, Papa!” which means, “Pick me up!” How can you say no to…

Jesus Reached Out

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.—Matthew 14:31   Sometimes life gets busy—classes are hard, work is exhausting, the bathroom needs to be cleaned, and a coffee date is on the day’s schedule. It gets to the point where I force myself to read the Bible for a few minutes a day and…

Part of the Family

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. —1 John 3:14   Pastor J. Vernon McGee once said the only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions. It saddens me when I see…

3 Reasons Christian Men Should Love Strong Women

Women, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard things like “you’re just too intimidating to guys” or “you have too strong of opinions” or “men don’t want smart, strong women like you.” If you haven’t heard these things, I’m so glad for you. Comments like these seem to suggest that it’s wrong to be…

A Good Daddy

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.—Psalm 63:6   When our son, Xavier, was younger, business trips often pulled my husband away from home. Though his father called often, there were rough nights when the calls alone didn’t comfort Xavier. To help soothe our son when…

How Can We Love God with All Our Hearts?

1. Read his love letter. When we first fell in love with someone, we wanted to know everything about them. What they liked, what they hated, everything. And we can do the same thing with God. We can study the love letter he wrote us, and in doing so, we will learn all about his…