Encouragement For Moms: A Bird’s Eye View of Motherhood

April 26, 2016

In honor of Mother’s Day approaching, I want to applaud mothers and the sweet tireless work they do. Here’s a simple parallel from  nature that demonstrates so well the efforts of motherhood.

The Pictures Tell the Story

While this is only a bird‘s eye view of motherhood, I hope this encouragement for mothers will remind every mom, whether a stay-at home or otherwise, how valuable her “work” truly is. If you are a mom, we applaud you and celebrate you today–and everyday! God does, too!

A Bird’s Eye View of Motherhood

Every year a robin, cardinal, or blue-jay builds its nest somewhere in our back yard. But this is the first time I’ve ever watched its “family” grow. This is the first time a bird has ever nested on top of one of our gutters, protected under the eaves of the house. And this is the first time I ever witnessed a baby robin–or any “baby” bird take its first flight, and see the nest empty before my eyes. Read more

A Legacy to Celebrate: Granny Ruth

March 22, 2016

"Grand" mothering has more to do with how many children you’ve nurtured in the Lord, rather than how many descendants adorn your family tree.

I said good-by to a sweet friend yesterday named Granny Ruth. But I’ m sure Jesus greeted her with a warm “Well done!” as she stepped through the gates of heaven. How I will miss her!

I wrote a story about Granny Ruth in one of my books, Day-votions® for Grandmothers. She was one of the most precious, godly women I’ve ever known, a wonderful example of the “Proverbs Woman,” and someone who always said with her life and her words, “There you are!” not “Here I am!”

Her Legacy Will Live On

Ruth had few wrinkles, but she shared miles of smiles through the years with every person she met. The things we could share (and were shared yesterday) about Ruth’s life would fill a book by itself. And her legacy will live on forever. But as a special, personal tribute to this gracious woman, tender nurse, beautiful friend, sweet servant, and prayer warrior, here is a microscopic look at Granny Ruth’s life as “Everyone’s Granny.” Read more

Five Ways to Solve Irrational Fear

March 8, 2016

Five Ways to Solve Irrational FearWe live in a world where irrational fear keeps intruding our thoughts and our lives. Whether it’s fear of the future, fear for our country, fear for our health, or fear for our children, we fight it daily: mind-crippling, spine-tingling, heart-stomping fear.

Fears of several varieties took hold of my heart early on as a young adult, but through the years God has brought amazing freedom.

I’m not talking about the good kind of fear that alerts your spirit to an approaching enemy, that moves you into action to protect the ones you love, or that promotes a healthy respect for God. Those fears are healthy. And not all fears are irrational. Some move in and out quickly without disrupting our lives.

But what about the other kind? Where does irrational fear originate? And how do you keep those fears from taking permanent residence in your life? Here are five ways to solve irrational fear: Read more

When God Wants Change

March 1, 2016

We don’t usually add change to our personal agendas. We’d love to write the scripts for our lives; unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. And when God includes the word change, He often means something different than we think.

When God Wants Change

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Encouragement for Parents and Grandparents: Preparing Your Kids for Life

January 26, 2016

 

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life:

Every parent or grandparent is concerned about making wise decisions. Are we giving our kids the right training? Fear may try to consume us. Are they being bullied? Are they safe enough? We all want our kids to “turn out right.”

At one time or another, we parents or grandparents may think we’re not doing “enough” to prepare our kids for life. Deep down we may feel inadequate. We may not feel skilled or talented or creative. Sometimes we even start comparing ourselves to other parents or grandparents, which totally makes us feel worse.

If you are a parent or grandparent, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life: Read more

5 Ways to Make Your Work Successful

June 9, 2015

Five Ways to Make Your Work Successful

Who doesn’t want to be more successful in their work? How can you and God work together to do that? From the breakfast table to the boardroom–at home, at school, in the office, in ministry, wherever and whatever you call “work,” here are five ways to make that work more successful: Read more

5 Things Your Grandchildren (and Children) Need from You

April 28, 2015

Five Things Your Grandchildren and Children Need from You

What your grandchildren and children need from you may surprise you. Here are five lasting things they need that you can’t wrap up with a bow or leave in a will: Read more

Five Ways to Make Hard Times Better

January 20, 2014

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When the “winters” of our lives descend, leaving a trail of destruction and hard times to endure, how do we deal with it? No matter who you are: parent, grandparent, single or senior,  writer or teacher, blue collar or white collar, here are five ways to make hard times better: Read more

Ten Simple Ways to Add Balance to Your Days

October 14, 2013

Ten Simple Ways

Seasons of life run their course, and no matter who we are or at what stage we’re at, we often see balance as an impossibility.

You can focus on a project you love and not even miss eating. You may procrastinate your unpleasant tasks or bow to the tyranny of the urgent. You can help others reach their dreams but never realize your own. You may even teach about intimacy with God but never spend time with Him yourself. Do any of those fit you?

We can usually find an excuse to fit every situation: It’s the kids, my boss, my husband or wife.  It’s my health, my editor, or my age in life. Believe me, I’ve offered my share of excuses along with you. But I long for this thing called balance, don’t you?

Keeping Life in Balance

Keeping life balanced is not easy for anyone, but here are 10 simple ways that help me daily. Maybe it will give you a good place to start:  Read more

Three Keys to Success in Writing (and Everything Else)

September 30, 2013

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Whether you’re writing, teaching, parenting, or gardening–no matter what the season, activity or occupation–these three keys will help you be more successful.

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