Articles by Lindsey Tollefson

  • God’s Promise to Hear Us

    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” (Ps. 34:17-18) God is listening. He is listening when we ask Him for financial provision, He is listening when we […]

  • Fulfilling the First Commandment

    “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” – Matthew 22:37 Jesus says that this is the most important commandment: to love God with our heart, soul, and mind.  If we obey this command, all the others will fall […]

  • Learning Contentment, 2

    This is a continuation of a previous essay by Lindsey Tollefson. 6. We own everything. Sometimes the biggest thing that is keeping us discontent is because we are not happy with what we have been given in material possessions. Especially in the United States it is so easy to think that we deserve everything and […]

  • Learning Contentment, 1

    Learning to be content and completely satisfied in Christ is certainly a life-long process and a lesson that we are always learning, and always being tested on. As I am learning and wrestling against discontent, I am always looking for practical and tangible ways to set my course towards joy and peace. In his book […]

  • Defining Contentment

    Jeremiah Burroughs defines contentment as “that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition” Contentment is one Christian virtue that Americans have an incredibly hard time understanding and applying.  We have such comfortable lives that we often never have to figure […]

  • Beginning Contentment

    It is harsh advice for a suffering soul to be told to be content, to be happy, to be delighting in the rough circumstances.  Is Christian contentment something we should automatically have as a result of being in Christ?  Is it something we do?  Is it an action or is it an emotion? Psalm 19:23 “The […]

  • The Rough Places Plain

    “What’s the fastest route” he asks me as we quickly come to a stop behind a sea of red brake lights.  I pull out my phone and map all the options.  Every way is red with traffic backed up.  Deep down I must be a small town girl because traffic annoys me more than almost […]

  • Authority and Faith

    When Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, saying, “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.” Jesus saith unto him, “I will come and heal him.”   The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but […]

  • Training Tools

    I find myself often rehearsing conversations with my children. When the house is quiet in the late evening, and I’m standing in front of a pile of soapy dishes, I think about what I am going to say to them in certain situations. When I am driving in the car, and it is the rare […]

  • Who Is My Neighbor?

    When I was expecting my first child, an older woman gave me the best nugget of parenting wisdom that I have. She told me to always remember that my child is my sister-in-Christ before she is my daughter. I have clung to these words in so many situations as I am learning to be a […]

  • Honor God With Your Body

    I am making a new rule in our house! We are actually kind of skimpy on the house rules. I try very hard to keep things simple: love God, love others, be joyful. It’s not complicated to avoid discipline here. But I have found myself repeating this new rule over and over again: honor God with your […]