40-Day Challenge: Palm Sunday

   Happy Palm Sunday!

 On this final Lenten Sunday as we head into Holy Week, let me congratulate you on making it this far in the Challenge. With each passing day as we abandon ourselves more fully to our vocations as Christian wives, God takes up residence in the spaces left as we abandon old habits and seek to establish loving virtues, to strengthen our marriages in perfect love.

In honor of Palm Sunday, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite hymns, written by my confirmation namesake, Amy Carmichael (whose biography A Chance to Die, by Elisabeth Elliot, is one of my all-time favorite books), entitled “From Prayer That Asks” (to the tune of “Faith of Our Fathers”):

From prayer that asks that I may be sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fainting when I should aspire, from faltering when I should climb higher,
From silken self, O Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things; from easy choices, weakenings,
Not thus are spirits fortified; not this way went Thy Crucified.
From all that dims Thy Calvary, O Lamb of God, deliver me!

Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire, the passion that would burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod; make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God!

Heidi’s Interview on “Among Women” Podcast

Have you heard of Pat Gohn’s terrific podcast, “Among Women”?  To celebrate her 50th (1 year’s worth) podcast, Pat invited me to talk about faith and family — in particular, how to convey YOUR faith to your family!  (The interview begins midway through the podcast at point 21.45.)

Craig took this picture of Pat and me at the “New Media Celebration” in San Antonio last summer. She lives in New England, I live in Michigan … cyber friendship at its best.

You can listen right on your computer by going to SQPN right here. Enjoy!