This is the story of my commitment for 2019; to take time to write. The last time I posted anything on this blog was April 4, 2017. Before that, January 1, 2017. Before that? June 23… two thousand sixteen. That makes me sad. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to... read more
Welcome to Whispers From His Word Learn More In my journal, I always write a few thoughts in response to what I read in the Bible that day. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts may be a blessing to other people… Read More Do you ever brush past certain Bible... read more
The story of how God met me in my deepest fear and showed me how to trust him.
How is it possible that we’re already two days into a new year? Wasn’t is just February two months ago? I don’t think I’m ready for this! I typically love this time of year. I love the excitement of making plans for my “best year ever.” I’m a sucker for a blank... read more
…we’ve forgotten how to empathize, and to sit quietly, helplessly, in someone else’s pain.
We’ve forgotten the power of empathy and compassion and are bent on being problem solvers.
Hi friend! I’m so glad you came by, we have so much to talk about… **********sips coffee, breathes deep, and begins the conversation************* I’m very blessed to be part of a small group of Christian blogging moms. We meet in a private facebook group... read more
What I’m wondering today is this: could it be that my “extraordinary thing” that I’m supposed to do for God is not something that looks extraordinary at all but in truth looks rather ordinary?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Autumn is fading into winter and it’s the season for gratitude and joy as we share Thanksgiving and Christmas with loved ones. It truly is a wonderful time. Pretty soon it will be a new year; time to polish off... read more
@ evgenyatamanenko Dollar Photo Club NOTE: This post is not addressing those parents who do not have the financial means to buy gifts. That is a different topic entirely. This is about choosing not to give any gifts with the intent of teaching our... read more
I love Christmas. I love the lights, the music, the sweet treats, and the extra time spent with loved ones. It’s the time of year that snow is welcome and hot chocolate covers a multitude of sorrows. When the Christmas spirit hits me, I’m ready to jump in and enjoy... read more
*This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge. To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, click here. Read any good books lately? Sometimes I wonder if we should begin more conversations with that... read more
*This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge. To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, click here. It’s July already! I can’t begin to imagine how that happened. Wasn’t I just introducing this... read more
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit... read more
This post is part of a blog series on a topic that is weighing heavy on my heart. As I look around I’m seeing busy people all around me, and fewer meaningful, mutually edifying relationships. I’ve personally been hurt by our culture’s lack of community, and I know... read more
One of my Bible readings this week was from Philippians 1:19-26. In these verses, Paul is deliberating which is better; to live, and therefore continue to share the gospel, or to die, which means to finally be with Christ. When we think about those verses, I know... read more
What does grace mean to you? God’s unmerited favor. That’s what it means to me. It means that even though I’m weak, and I mess up, He still loves me, and makes things work out for my good. When we offer grace to each other I think of it in terms of not being too hard... read more
My daughter and I are simultaneously learning what it feels like to have to sit back and let our little ones learn to fly. She’s almost 16. And this week she’s been nursing two baby Robins. They fell from a tree in our front yard one day when it was really... read more
Are you too busy for a girls’ night out? Can’t take time to catch up on the phone? When was the last time you had lunch with a trusted friend? Are you skipping Ladies’ Bible study because you’ve been told recently that you need to prune... read more
We finally did it! We overcame the many obstacles and got family pictures taken! Such a burden lifted. I’m the queen of procrastination when it comes to family photos! But it’s done, and our friend did a fantastic job capturing this little group of people... read more
“I feel so isolated”. That’s what I said to a friend of mine several years ago while visiting for a few minutes after church. Little did I know that even deeper isolation was on my horizon. It wasn’t the first time in my life I had felt alone and... read more
In honor of Crystal’s anniversary, you can get this book free, today only! Is your husband driving you crazy? Or Do you feel alone in your marriage? I can empathize because I’ve been there. It’s a yucky place to be. And it certainly isn’t a place that makes me... read more
I know I need want to pray for my husband but sometimes I’m just lost for words. I’m just not sure how to pray. What are his needs? What should I pray for? How can I intercede for him? I love this book because it meets my needs when it comes to praying for my... read more
*This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge. To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, click here. I bet you thought I ditched the Healthier You Challenge. As tempting as that is… No,... read more
I was going to begin this post by apologizing for not updating my Healthier You series last Friday. I was going to say that I had had a difficult week which left me in no mood to write. And that would have been okay, I’m sure. I would have shared how I’ve been doing... read more
*This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge. To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, Click Here. Could cutting sugar from my diet help me to live into my priorities and purpose? We’ve heard a... read more
*This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge.To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, click here. *** Morning. That time of day when His mercies are new, and we thank Him for another clean slate,... read more
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... read more
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?... read more
This is an update post for the “12 Months to a Healthier You” Challenge.To read more about this challenge, why I’m doing it and how you can participate, click here. Seriously? Did I just announce at the beginning of this month that I’ve joined an extra... read more
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!... read more
There we sat, sipping our sweet teas and waiting for our food to arrive. Going to a restaurant is usually a special time for our family. It’s one way we can slow down and connect with each other. It gives mom a break and it’s a time for us to all relax and... read more
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... read more
I have to tell you, right from the start; I really don’t want to write this article. I don’t want to have to admit that I struggle so much with this. It reminds me of a quote from Abraham Lincoln that I heard many years ago. “Better to remain silent and be... read more
How do your children perceive you? Do you remember discovering things about your parents that as a younger child you never really understood or considered a reality? I’m not talking about deep, dark secrets, I mean ordinary aspects of their humanness. Were you... read more
Making homemade bread. Painting walls Creating a homemaking routine that works. These are some things that I was determined to get “right” but it took many tries. With each try I learned a little bit more about what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right.... read more
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,... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Recently in a mentoring group I participate in a desperate mom asked for prayers. She feels like she has lost the joy of parenting and has become a grouchy old lady. She shared, “I am trying to raise godly men, but they are more like wild men lately!” Oh, how I can... read more
“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... read more
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.... read more
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... read more
Sometimes it’s difficult to admit that you’ve grown in a particular area. Why? Because when you do, you’re also admitting that you needed to grow! It’s hard to look back and see the less-mature person you used to be. But it’s good. It’s certainly better than the... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
You’re probably familiar with John 6: 5-15 .It’s the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. A large crowd had gathered around Jesus to hear him teach. Knowing they were hungry, Jesus asked Philip “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He was only testing... read more
If this sounds familiar, you might be addicted to Facebook. Maybe you’ve already realized that, and you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to spend a lot less time there (and on other social media). And you will. Stating tomorrow. It’s too late today... read more
Are you putting a lot of pressure on yourself to have all of your “ducks in a row” because we’ve started a new year? Boy I hope so, ‘cause if you’re not, I’m about to publish a letter to myself! Wow, that wasn’t very nice. I just expressed a hope that... read more
Does God actually like me? I mean does he enjoy my presence? Does He smile when He thinks of me or watches me go through my day? Does He love me with an affectionate love? Maybe it’s an obligatory love, one that forgives because of the nature of who He is but not a... read more
When the darkness starts creeping in and the father of lies tries to tell you that you are not loved, meditate on these truths. Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his... read more
Maybe you’ve been there. Life has thrown you a cruel twist that has taken you by surprise and is threatening to destroy you. You get through your days the best you can, just trying to keep everything together and hold on to some level of normalcy and hope. Your... read more
If you’re depressed, or you’ve experienced depression in the past, I have a question for you: Are you exercising regularly? If so, then I applaud you and encourage you to keep it up. You’re doing one of the most important things you can do for yourself in this fight... read more
Homeschooling is a beautiful blessing and a huge responsibility. It’s easy to get so caught up in all that it requires that we lose sight of the relationships that God has put in our lives.
The depressed person feels like this is what helps them cope, it almost feels like a security blanket, a hiding away from the world and all of its trouble.
But isolation is anything but healthy, especially for a person who is depressed.
In a culture that elevates personal freedom to an unbiblical level, it is difficult for a wife to believe she is actually called to obey her husband. And the husbands aren’t exempt from any blame in the controversy this passage tends to stir.
When was the last time you spent a good chunk of quality time… with yourself?
I can hear some of you saying “Ha ha, wouldn’t that be nice! I’d love a few minutes to myself, but it just isn’t going to happen. At least not until my youngest child is 18!”
This is it friends; the end of my book “How do I get it all Done… and Still Have Time to Enjoy it?”
Today I’m sharing my last few thoughts on motivation and how I get stuff done even when I don’t feel like it.
I want you to win this battle. I want you to turn around and help the person climbing the mountain behind you to win their battle. If you want that too then you must choose to take up your weapons, put on your armor, show up at the battle, and do the hard stuff. …
It’s Monday. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot to do! Will I get it all done? Maybe, if I am reasonable when I define what “it all” should include today. Will I feel like doing all of it? Not likely. So I need other motivators. I shared some last week. Here area a few more things that keep me going when my feelings have quit!
The world stops turning and your thoughts start spinning. All of your memories from past depressions flash before you, but so clearly that you recognize that these are memories of things you’ve overcome. It’s more vague than that. You’re just transported back to that very place where there is only darkness, and because it’s so dark, you believe that you are there to stay.
Do you pale in comparison when you look at other moms? Stop it! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Live your strengths, thank God for them. Be thankful for the strengths of those around you but stop trying to be someone els. It would be a boring and ineffective world if we all had the same strengths.
There we sat, in the emergency room, awaiting a CT scan for our preschooler. He had taken a hard fall on the garage floor about two hours earlier. Initial signs looked OK, but the doctors wanted to scan, just to be sure what we were dealing with. They were pretty sure he had a mild concussion.
Do you feel comfortable leaving your kids’ faith to whatever they happen to find for themselves or see in your example? I don’t. Let’s commit to using every opportunity we have to “Tell of all his wonderful acts” (1 Chronicles 16:9a)
You can have the most well developed list of priorities and the most detailed “To Do” list. But if you’re not motivated, you’ve got trouble.
I was terrified that I would never be well again. I fully believed that I had arrived at a place from which there was no escape.
Depression is complicated. There is no way we can really answer the question “What is depression?” in one article. I’ll share much more as we go along on the quest for weapons against this dark and debilitating illness
I’ve always been a little bit on the sassy side, willing to say what I think, fight for what I want, and stand up for what I believe. Hopefully I’ve matured a little and have learned to apply that trait more appropriately.
I could write a whole article on the devastating misconceptions in this teaching; e.g., the idea that bringing a child to church is what God had in mind when
Sometimes we get sidetracked, and we don’t do any of these things. We may spend the day being an answer to someone’s prayer, dealing with a household crisis, or just doing something really fun. In these cases, we still call it success.
I wonder: Can I get to a point where I can be still before God even before I’m totally spent? Can I learn to be still even when things are going my way and I have plenty to say?
I’m a homeschooling mom. Some people might think that means I have all day to clean my house and make cookies. You and I know that means I’m busy. I have a lot to do and I want to do a good job. Sometimes I look up from my list of things to do and ask; “How can I get it all done?” I know I can’t be perfect, but I’d like to feel a little more peaceful at the end of the day and a little less like the days are spinning out of control.
While I don’t usually take lightly to someone else making my decisions for me, I insist on being in a position that allows me to let God make my decisions for me.
When I give God what I have, He gives me what I need.
Today’s question is # 3 from the book, and reads; What is your favorite thing about homeschooling? Here’s my answer Freedom. It’s just one word but it means so much! Homeschooling gives us freedom in so many ways, from the small things like... read more
Homeschooling is really just part of parenting. If God has placed it on your heart to homeschool your children, He will give you everything you need to do it well. There really is only one thing you have to do in order to be successful at home... read more
This is my answer to question # 1 in my upcoming homeschooling book. The question reads; If you could tell us one thing about homeschooling that would be encouraging or reassuring, what would it be? Homeschooling is really just part of parenting. If God... read more
I’m back with more lists! Today I’m wrapping up the last of the details of my 2012 goals list. I’m sharing my lists with you not to show you how busy I am, but in hopes that it might be inspiring to you, (when you see how much you can do if you just write it down and... read more
“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Last week I posted my list of personal goals for 2012. Some of the goals on my list needed a list of their own! I’ve bee working on filling in the details of those lists and getting them ready to share with you.
Last week I promised to post my goals/plans/intentions for 2012. I know I’m a little behind the times, it being January 9th already, but here they are.
I have to admit that I was not really ready for a new year. Most years I’m excited about making some new goals and starting some new projects.
In that one moment of decision, he changed his own life by doing the thing that was difficult, the thing that was unfamiliar, instead of going the way he had always known, instead of going the easy way.
Are you mad at your husband today? Or maybe your kids are driving you crazy? Is it easier to tell them all the ways they are letting you down than to tell them why you’d give your life for them?
Here’s my answer to question #2 from my upcoming book. The question reads, in part; “Do you use a particular educational philosophy or approach?” I guess most people would call our approach eclectic. I don’t use the term eclectic to say that... read more
Here’s my answer to question #2 from my upcoming book. The question reads, in part; “Do you use a particular educational philosophy or approach?” I guess most people would call our approach eclectic. I don’t use the term eclectic to say that we buy... read more
I’ve been working on putting together a book featuring myself and ten other christian homeschool authors. The book will feature several thought-provoking questions, answered by the various authors, according to their personal experiences. This article is taken from that book, in answer to question #6, which reads “If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, what is something you know or understand now that you wish you had known from the beginning?”
I’ve heard it said many times before, in an honorable effort to validate a mom’s choice to stay at home or to home school, “What you’re doing is very important. After all, you may be raising the next president.” Or maybe they say the next astronaut, or the next Billy... read more
I recently had the privilege of spending the weekend at a campground (complete with showers and a kitchen!) with almost thirty beautiful Christian women from my church. Some were friends, some I knew their name and not much else, and some I had never met. I love how... read more
That’s what my children bring to my life. As I sit on the couch listening to my little boy talking away, with his sweet little two-year old vocabulary, and only getting two out of ten words right, and his precious little expressions that only a toddler... read more
Every once in a while, someone asks me why we homeschool. I have to admit, after homeschooling for almost eight years, I still don’t have a well-defined answer to that question. I’m sometimes tempted to ask; “Do you want the political answer, the spiritual answer, the... read more
Okay, if you‘re needing to scrape and repaint your wood-sided house, and you’re putting it off, by all means, don’t let me stop you, procrastinate away!
It’s January 5th and I think I’m finally ready to start a new year. This year I’ve really wanted to dive in with a positive plan of action and make it a productive and joyful year. My plans aren’t all laid out as neatly as I had hoped, but I couldn’t convince the... read more
May 2011 be a blessing for you and your family and friends! Beth read more
Have your children ever planned a party or other event? Are you thinking it would take too much time away from more important things? You might be surprised at all the important things that are happening when your child plans a party. There are so many lessons and life skills they can learn, and it’s all within the context of real life and something they enjoy.