Author: Christy Britton

Have Mercy

In the late 80s/early 90s, many families spent Friday nights gathered around their televisions watching the TGIF lineup on ABC. Full House was one of the most beloved family sitcoms. John Stamos played the loveable, Uncle Jesse, who is best remembered by his catchphrase, “Have mercy!” While Uncle Jesse’s weekly need for mercy amused us, our need for mercy is no laughing matter. Mercy becomes a joke only when we fail to realize how desperate we are for it. When we realize the gravity of our sin and our inability to save ourselves from its power and consequences, our...

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The Story of Our Obedience

In her book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Rosaria Butterfield says, “We are the stories we tell.” Our lives, not just our words, are telling a story. I want to be a great storyteller. I want my story to proclaim God’s power perfected in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). I also want the themes of redeeming love and grace-fueled obedience to anchor my story. About four years ago, God showed me great grace in opening my eyes to my own hypocrisy. I was able to quote any verse about God’s concern for vulnerable people. I could teach...

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Advent and the Genealogy of Christ

“And Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Uzziah; and Uzziah begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Ahaz; and Ahaz begat Hezekiah” (Matthew 1:8-9). Many devout Bible reader’s eyes have glazed over by the midpoint of the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1. Even though we understand that who fathered who is important because it’s included in the Bible, the generational heritage that spans the first sixteen verses of Matthew is not a page-turner. In this season of Advent as we expectantly, “wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and...

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Two Truths and a Lie

When I was a child, the devil felt like an evil character in a fairy tale, complete with horns and a pitchfork. When I was a teenager, he seemed like someone whose name you never mentioned – almost as if speaking his name would serve as a summons. As a younger woman, I rarely gave the devil any thought at all as I was too consumed with raising a whole brood of little people. But as I mature into a wiser, older woman, I think of the devil for what he is – a liar, my accuser, and the...

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Be Busy Well

The irony is not lost on me that I’m feeling too busy to write this article on busyness. My days are filled with activity, and I fall into bed each night exhausted. Perhaps you feel the same way. Women are master multitaskers. We juggle jobs, school lunches, carpool, book club, soccer, service projects, and quality time with the people we love. Our lives are a constant balancing act of prioritizing our to-do lists against the hours we must work with. As we consider the different activities we’re engaged in, we need to ask the question, “What kind of busy...

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