When I Prayed For A Richer Prayer Life

When I Prayed For A Richer Prayer Life

Do you ever feel like you’re really just talking to yourself when you pray? Sometimes I feel like my prayers are just getting lost in the atmosphere. Not because I don’t get the answers I want, I feel that way before ever giving Him time to answer. It feels like maybe...
A Blogger’s Prayer

A Blogger’s Prayer

Have you ever written or created something that was really just for you, and you were a little bit nervous to share it with anyone? You thought maybe it was special to you but others might not get it or worse, they’d think you’re a little … weird?...
Finally, My Goals For The Year!

Finally, My Goals For The Year!

Are we there already? That spot on the calendar where we stop talking about our New Year’s goals? Where we’ve settled in to the new year and all of its busyness and forgotten about the goals and dreams we had? Oh I hope not. If so, then I completely missed the party!...
Calming Your Fears about Homeschooling

Calming Your Fears about Homeschooling

  Homeschooling. The mention of the word can stir up different responses in the hearts of those who hear it. Some feel contempt for the very idea that a parent could actually educate their own children. Others feel a sense of freedom and empowerment, knowing that...
Giving our Children Roots And Wings

Giving our Children Roots And Wings

  Late last night I posted the following on my business Facebook page: “I just wanted to check in and say I haven’t forgotten all of you. I’ve been pretty quiet lately due to some pressing family matters. We’ve been away from home a lot lately,...
It Is Well With My Soul

It Is Well With My Soul

Exhausted, weary, worn, hopeless. That is how the Cannanite woman approached Jesus. (Matthew 15:21 ff) He was her last hope. Her daughter didn’t look at anyone in the eye anymore. The child barely spoke, and would have fits of uncontrollable rage. She and her family...
Finding Beauty In This Darkness

Finding Beauty In This Darkness

Around this time last year I made a commitment to learn all I can about fighting depression. It’s not a glamorous subject and not one I would have chosen. (I still find myself asking God “Are you sure?”) But this is the road I’m on. I have to do what I can to learn to...
When Your Kids Declare “It’s Not Fair!”

When Your Kids Declare “It’s Not Fair!”

“It’s not fair!” Is this what your children declare every time they don’t like a decision you’ve made? Somehow, children learn early on that by playing the “fair” card, they can stop an issue in its tracks and turn things around in their favor. Or at least they think...
When You Need Community

When You Need Community

A guest post from my friend Nancy Backues. Please be sure and read about her below and connect with her on her website. Thanks Nancy! I know people will be blessed by this message!     I held a feverish, crying infant in one arm and the phone in the other....
It’s So Good To See You Smile

It’s So Good To See You Smile

  Have you ever taken notice of the first time your child smiles, after many days of sickness or sorrow? If you’re a mom (or a dad) you know how painful it is to see your children hurting. Whether they are sick, were treated badly by a friend, or have experienced...
But How  Will I Lead Them?

But How Will I Lead Them?

Recently I began reading through “The Story; The Bible As One Continuing Story Of God And His People.” Today’s reading took me to the part of the story where the Israelites are about to enter the beautiful and abundant land  that God had promised them.  Moses, who had...
Refreshed by an Unfair God

Refreshed by an Unfair God

Yesterday I woke up feeling kind of blah. I’m not sure if that’s a word, but that’s how I felt. I was tired and emotionally drained. Truth be told, I didn’t really feel like going to church. I felt like crawling back into bed. It didn’t help when both of our...
Let’s Make it a Great Year

Let’s Make it a Great Year

  Just after Thanksgiving, the  question “What do you love most about this time of year?” was asked on facebook. Here’s how I responded: “For me, it’s the overall joyful atmosphere. It’s a time that we get to begin again. We celebrate new life because...