Five Doors You Need to Open in Life

May 19, 2016

There are doors we enter and doors we exit. Which doors in life do we need to open that will contribute most to our success as a Christian?

When our recent home remodeling eliminated the door in this photo, I grabbed it for re-purposing, thinking it would make wonderful yard art for my back yard. But that door soon took on a deeper meaning.

There are doors we enter and doors we exit. We’ll find open doors and closed doors. But which doors should we open that will contribute most to our success as a Christian? I thought of at least five kinds of doors (and there are so many more) we all need and want in our lives.

And when you get to the end of this blog, I need you to help me complete this yard art project in my back yard. Here are five doors you need to open or walk through in life: Read more

Thank God for Mothers

May 6, 2016

    Thank God for Mothers--all they are--and all they do

Thank God for Mothers…

who sacrifice their time for our happiness,

and give us the freedom to be ourselves, Read more

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

When You Can’t See the Beauty for the Mess

April 12, 2016

What are your expectations for your home and family? And how do you respond when you can't see the beauty for the mess?

What Are Your Expectations?

What are your expectations for your home and family? Do you expect less messiness and more beauty? And how do you respond when you can’t see the beauty for the mess?

Here are a few ideas to help you get started: Read more

Bible Promise for Today: Enduring Love

April 5, 2016

Bible Promise for Today: Enduring LoveIs there such a thing as enduring love–the kind that lasts forever? In a world filled with break-ups and break downs, who can count on real love anymore? Read more

Easter Is About Removing Stones

March 27, 2016

Who Will Roll Away Your Stone?

Empty Tomb, Image Courtesy of www.HolyLandPhotos.org

 

Do you have stones stuck in deep ruts at the entrance of your heart—stones of fear, rebellion, despair, or discouragement? Do they loom so large, you surrender at the thought of even trying to remove them?

Easter is about removing stones.

Just in case you’ve missed this blog in past years, I’d like to share this post again f0r Easter. The message, like Jesus, is ageless.

When Mary and the other women approached the tomb after Jesus’ death, they saw an amazing sight. They expected to see the stone still hiding the tomb, and they needed a way to enter the resting place of their beloved Master. The stone represented a barrier to their goal: to anoint the body of their beloved Master with spices. I’m sure their hearts were still downcast as grief flooded their spirits. “Who will roll away the stone?” they asked one another. 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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A New Beginning: Promise for Today

February 23, 2016

God is always doing a new thing.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

New Year? Or New Beginning?

The start of a new year is not the only time for a new beginning. So is Springtime. About this time each year, my fingers itch to bury themselves in the fertile soil outside, planting new flowers. Only a few more weeks, and Winter will be past. I love Spring!

But God’s promise is for anytime–and anyone! He loves for people to experience a new beginning with Him. Even in the winters of our hearts–especially in the winters of our hearts–He wants to usher us into “springtime.” How many of us are longing for a new beginning? Read more

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