contend: struggle to surmount/ assert something as a position in an argument/ to use earnest efforts to obtain or to defend and preserve/ to strive to convince and reclaim

contend: con=with, tendere=to stretch, to strive

Jude 3 “It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Continue reading “Contend”


redeemed.jpgRedeem: gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment

We sing about this word in church—“Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am.” We read this word in the Bible—“But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence…”  Continue reading “Redeemed”

Independence Day

photo by Libby

Having been raised overseas on the mission field, I am still getting used to American holidays and celebrations—the profusion of flags, bunting, banners, catalogues, and toenail polish emblazoning our country’s colors in every direction. Continue reading “Independence Day”