Cherish Your Youth

Ericka Loynes

Read: 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Let no one despise you for your youth. (4:12) When I was in elementary school, I handed my mom an emotional letter asking her to meet with me. “Dear Mom,” I wrote, “Will you talk to me about being young? What’s so good about being young? I love you, but I just want to be BIG!” I perceived the roles and responsibilities of adulthood to be much better suited for me, and I …

Praise from Infants

Ericka Loynes

Read: Matthew 21:9-11, 14-16 Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise. (v. 16) Growing up, “Jesus rallies” were among my favorite experiences in church. At these gatherings a leader would pose a question, “Who should you praise?” and the congregation always answered with “Jesus!” One Sunday, we arrived at church to find that a fiery four-year-old boy was chosen to lead, resulting in a moment we would never forget. “Who woke you up this …

Listening to Your Dreams

Ericka Loynes

Read: Genesis 37:1-11; 42:6 Hear this dream that I have dreamed. (37:6) My husband, Duane, was recently reunited with the seventh grade teacher who had encouraged him to become a teacher. This woman had been calling Duane “professor” since he was a little boy. Once he reached high school, Duane even started thinking about pursuing a doctorate. But life after high school did not go as planned. While he would eventually earn his doctorate and become a college professor, the …

Behind the Window (Part 2): A Worthy Heir

Ericka Loynes

Read: Joshua 2:1-21, 6:15-25 Tie this scarlet cord in the window . . . and you shall gather into your house . . . all your father’s household. (2:18) The next night the angels came to the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed. The next morning, the farmer and his wife were in tears. Their only cow, whose …

Behind the Window (Part 1): A Wicked Heir

Ericka Loynes

Read: 1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 9 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it . . . and looked out of the window. . . He said, “Throw her down.” (2 Kings 9:30, 33) Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family refused to let the angels stay in the guestroom. Instead, they were given space in the cold basement. As they made their bed, the older angel saw …

Accept What Comes from Heaven’s Window

Ericka Loynes

Read: Isaiah 24 For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. (v. 18) When disciplining children, why do parents say, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you”? Those words don’t make sense to children. If parents are feeling more pain than the children are, why wouldn’t the parents stop the pain? If you’re a parent today, you understand now that the hurt parents feel is pain in their heart. Sometimes …