You Can’t Love Others If You Loathe YourselfBy Terri Broome Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself or Loathe Your Neighbor as You Loathe Yourself. I have never met a person who could freely love and enjoy others who did not love themselves. I’ve never met a person who loved themselves properly who did not love God first and foremost. The two go together…or should I say the three go together. I hear churches and
God Gets Enjoyment Out of Encouraging YouBy Terri Broome How does a child thrive? They thrive with parents who are delighted with them. Can any of us imagine a little one taking its first steps without a mom or dad cheering them on? What about when your little one picks a dandelion and brings it to you? Do you say, “That’s an ugly weed.” Of course not, you praise them and reward them with a
Why Do My Kids Put Me on Blast?By Terri Broome If you want to know what an average day looks like in the home of any adult with children, spend a little time with their kid. Our homes have an atmosphere and our children are steeped in that atmosphere. They don’t know how to hide both their good and bad qualities because they aren’t little hypocrites yet. They walk in the truth of what they
What Do Moses and a Submissive Wife Have in Common?By Terri Broome I love the book of Exodus. It is like binge-watching a Netflix series. We go from one episode to the next with each chapter. The birth of Moses. His mother putting him in a basket in the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter fishing him out of the Nile. He commits a murder. He meets God in a burning bush (what?!). Several meetings with Pharaoh (that
Don't Get it Twisted: How Judging Gets Us All in Trouble By Terri Broome For several years I was asked to teach a class at Lenoir Rhyne College. I had a dear friend and neighbor who was a professor who taught a class each year called, The Whole Woman. I would do a single class on what it meant to be a spiritual woman. As I was preparing to speak, one of the students (right
Can God Walk Us Through a Murder?By Terri Broome We see it in the news all the time. People are murdered and nobody truly knows what happened except the person who is dead and the one who killed them.  But that’s not really true. There is always one more person who witnessed every crime ever committed and that is God. I’m not sure I would have believed what I’m going to share could have unfolded as
Why Am I a Control Freak?By Terri Broome “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis I love that quote because Lewis puts into words so many reasons we are like we are. For everything down here that we desire, there is a reason. We are made in God’s image and we cannot completely
How to Rest in Troubled TimesBy Terri Broome Have you ever had to pry your child off of you to hand them to a daycare worker or to a church nursery volunteer? The person you handed them to will try to comfort them, but it’s never complete comfort. It’s a little desperate heart trying to find rest and security. Some children will be ok in a few minutes, but there are some that will not
Why Did Jesus Pray?By Terri Broome (Disclaimer: No one knows the answer to this question completely…least of all me) Have you ever wondered why Jesus spent so much time in prayer? We don’t read very often about Jesus being at the synagogue with a scroll unrolled pouring over the text, but we do read things like this: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went
Witness = MartyrBy Terri Broome Daddy,” she had said one day, “I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.” “Tell me,” her father wisely responded, “when you take a train trip from Haarlem to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?” “No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.” “That
Learning to Value What We Can’t SeeBy Terri Broome I sat across from a beautiful lady with a failing marriage the other day. I listened to her and then shared what the Bible said about who she should be in spite of who her husband is. According to most people and probably most church leaders, she would have good reason to flush her marriage down the toilet. I saw hope beyond measure for her and
The Audacious Love of GodBy Terri Broome Audacious-showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. I don’t know much about a man named Dutch Sheets but he told a story that has resonated with me about the heart of God. Dutch’s father was a pastor and at a young age, Dutch gave his heart to God. However, when Dutch was 17, his father shattered his entire family. He had an affair with the church secretary,