May 12, 2013
Mothers deserve praise! What makes mothers so special? What would you say about mothers? According to our Mother’s Day poetry contest winners, mothers are truly gifts from God. Thanks to all of you who entered! As I promised, here are the three winners of our poetry contest and their tributes to mothers. Read more
April 29, 2013
In Honor of Mother’s Day
Instead of a devotion today, in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re having a poetry contest. I’d love to feature one of your own poems about mothers. Send me a poem you’ve written about mothers, rhymed or prose, no longer than 100 words. It must be original, and make sure that you own all rights to your poem, even if it was previously published.
How Do I Enter? Read more
November 19, 2012
Thanksgiving didn’t originate with man. Long before we were born, God set in motion a reason–and an opportunity–to give thanks. Throughout the Bible, God instructed His people to bring a “thanks” offering. Why give thanks? 1 Chronicles 16:24 says, Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
October 29, 2012
July 23, 2012
My husband and I just celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary. Yes, we married young. :-) No, these are not necessarily our secrets, though we’ve tried to incorporate them into our marriage through the years. Actually, I could sum up the secret of our long and satisfying marriage in three words: God‘s amazing grace.
But as marriage enrichment leaders through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with many couples. And in his minstry position, my husband has had the opportunity to work with and counsel numerous couples.
What makes a marriage flourish? This list is not exhaustive, but here are seven secrets of a long and satisfying marriage that we’ve observed through the years: (If you’ve been married over 25 years, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes a marriage last. You can do so at the end of this blog). Read more
July 9, 2012
What happens when a friendship is interrupted? How do you handle confrontation with a friend? How do you deal with a sensitive or hurtful situation without fear of ruining the relationship? Read more
June 11, 2012
You might describe your father as your own superhero. Some of you might use less flattering words. Many either don’t remember or never had a real dad.
My own dad was a wonderful, caring man. But none of us could call our fathers perfect. Here are five characteristics of the perfect father. Know anyone like this? Read more
May 7, 2012
Years ago, I wrote this poem for my mom on Mother’s Day. I’m sharing it with you today as a tribute to my late mom and to mothers everywhere. By now, you can tell that I enjoy Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry? Read more
April 16, 2012
The Pictures Tell the Story
Most of us heard about Hilary Rosen’s recent comments when she said Mitt Romney’s wife ”has actually never worked a day in her life.” A firestorm erupted with those words, and stay-at-home moms perked up to disagree. I’m re-posting this blog from two years ago, because to me it’s a beautiful illustration that a woman’s work is never done.
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
February 6, 2012
There are so many reasons I love kids. In today’s blog I’ve only listed five. My post is short, but short is sometimes good! I hope this poem I wrote brings you a smile or two: Read more