10 Ways to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships (Part II)

Here’s another great post by another blogger – this time by Joshua Bontrager – outlining 10 different ways we can build good relationships with our siblings. These are good tips for just about any relationship in which you want to have deeper meaning and friendship! Whatever stage of life you’re in, I encourage you to check out his full post:

Sisters are one of life’s greatest blessings. Graciously, God blessed me with four.

I fondly remember September 22, 2016, the day I attended a Piano Guys concert in Cedar Rapids, IA, with my sister Chelsy. Although we enjoyed the music, we most enjoyed the shared memories and conversation. Little did I know that 15 months later, the single sibling chapter of our lives would be finished, and the married one begun. As I reflect on that time, I’m reminded that we must all treasure sibling relationships today because they may change forever tomorrow.

All throughout my life, my sister Allison has blessed me with thoughtful, encouraging notes. I still remember her asking me about my spiritual walk when she took me out to Tuscan Moon in May 2013. She has always encouraged me to be the man God has called me to be.

I’m so thankful for my younger sisters as well.

Elizabeth (14) is creative artist and musician who is blossoming into a beautiful woman of virtue.

At 10 years-old, Rebecca is a cheerful songbird and a tenacious doer with an insightful perspective.

My relationship with my sisters is a God-given blessing and one of my most prized possessions.

In a world of a million distractions, strong, lasting sibling friendships do not occur by accident. They require time, thoughtfulness, and intentionality.

Last week, we examined “Seven Reasons to Build Lasting Sibling Relationships.” In this post, we’ll look at ten ways to strategically build sibling relationships. May these strategies motivate us to treasure our siblings every day.

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The Word of God (II)

Got this great post in my inbox today from Jonathan Camac – timely reminder of the importance of God’s Word and His sovereign power at work in our lives!

Jonathan Camac


“The word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Part 2 in my life-long series.

This post works off one simple premise: God’s word is powerful. And if you don’t believe me, let me just discredit your objections in advance. I’ll just throw some truth your way:

“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born” (Psalm 33:6). We know a God who “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). It was “at the blast of his breath, that the bottom of the earth could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare” (2 Samuel 22:16).

God is “sustaining all things by the power of his word” (Hebrews 1:3). The hum of the generator powering the whole universe is every word that the comes from the mouth of God. And we have at our disposal this…

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Ask for Rain

Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter [spring] rain.
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.

(Zechariah 10:1)


We have a CD with this verse put into song. I’ve heard it dozens of times, but never really thought about what it was saying.

Read it again. Does anything strike you as odd?

It says to “Ask the LORD for rain.” When? In the time of drought or famine?

No! It says to “Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.”

In the season when rain is expected and practically assumed to come – ask God for rain.


Don’t take your blessings for granted. Remember from Whom they come, and consider that it is in His power both to give and to take away.

Holy Excuses: The Time Has not Yet Come

In the first year of Cyrus’ reign over Persia, he decreed that the Jews could return from their captivity in Babylon to Israel, and rebuild the temple. It was an amazing fulfillment of the prophecy made by Isaiah before Cyrus was even in the picture:

[The LORD] says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd,
And he shall perform all My pleasure,
Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,”
And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”‘

Isaiah 44:28, NKJV

The first few chapters of Ezra tell of the captives who returned to their homeland, restored the altar, and began work on rebuilding the temple.

But their task was fiercely opposed by the peoples settled around them, and their progress was slow indeed. Cyrus lived, reigned, and died, and still the temple was far from complete. Only the foundation was laid.

When a new king took over, Israel’s enemies pressed their case and persuaded the new ruler to halt any further work on the temple. By force of arms, the Jews were stopped, and that was that for a long time after. Continue reading

There’s Not Always a 2nd Chance

I was probably five or six years old. It was a bright new morning, a little earlier than usual for me, when I slipped downstairs to what was then our little schoolroom (for those of you who don’t know, I was homeschooled). Here there were two little desks, one for me and one for my brother, and a big classic chalkboard that took up most of the longest wall.

I don’t remember how often my mom actually used that chalkboard, but it does stand out in my memory in this particular story. I was the first one downstairs, but to my surprise, there was writing on the chalkboard already.

It looked like instructions for a treasure hunt or something!

I started to read, and it went something like this:

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