Finding God in the Garden

March 30, 2017

spiritual growth, gardening, finding God, weeds

When springtime rolls around, it’s hard for me not to write about my favorite season. Visions of pink and blue hydrangeas, white gardenias, yellow daylilies, coral heuchera, and purple petunias dance in my head. Every year I save up for colorful replacements or new varieties.

There are some things about this time of year, however, that can destroy its beauty–if I let it.

You guessed it: weeds. You can tell by this picture in my backyard garden that some flowers are blooming. But most of those green shoots covering the ground and invading the good plants? Weeds! Unfortunately, just like most of the plants in my gardens, those weeds are perennial.

The sun may eventually kill the shallow ones, though my garden is mostly shady. And mulch will cover up some of the green invaders. But only for a while. Others will soon take their place. If I let them grow wild and don’t pull them out as soon as they pop up, they will soon choke out the beauty and the fragrance of my garden.

Finding God in the Garden

That’s true of my spiritual garden as well. Think about these areas of life and the power of weeds left untended: Read more

3 Keys to a Happier New Year

January 12, 2017

Need some motivation making this new year count? Here are 3 keys to a happier New Year.

As the new year unfolds, all of us want our year to be “happier” than the previous one. Based on Scriptural advice, here are three keys  to help you experience a happier new year: Read more

A New Year’s Prayer for You

January 5, 2017

 

A New Year's Prayer for You

 

My New Year’s Prayer for You

As you look back over the past year, do you see patterns that need amending, habits that need rending, and do you find yourself defending your actions and attitudes? Are you longing for something different this year? If you want to move ahead, start over, and experience a year of victory, not defeat, then maybe this prayer will help to inspire you.

Lord Jesus, I come to you in this brand new year with a desire to move forward, not backward. Last year is gone, and with it all the foolish mistakes I made. I’m eager to put the past behind and to press on toward the mark of knowing you, loving you, serving you, and making Your name known in this coming year. Read more

A Christmas Prayer for You

December 22, 2016

As Christmas draws near, may our hearts also draw closer to the One we celebrate–it’s all about Jesus. And despite the fears, the tears, and the challenges that invade our world daily, we can experience the joy and peace He came to bring. That’s my wish for you this year, that not only will Jesus be the center of your Christmas celebration, but that you will know His joy and His peace, this Christmas, and always!

A Christmas Prayer for You

My Christmas Prayer for You

I wrote a Christmas prayer especially for you this year. I hope you’ll read it and accept it as my prayer-wish for each of you this Christmas. Take time this year to make prayer a part of your Christmas traditions, wherever you are.

Over two thousand years ago a band of shepherds heard some startling news from angelic visitors: “Be not afraid;” “good news of great joy;” “peace on earth and good will.” Seriously? But that was then, and now is now. Is that joy and peace still available? If you’re craving those things for your life this year, no matter where you are, here’s a prayer for peace and joy to be a reality in your life this year at Christmas:

You can read the prayer as it first appeared on CrosswalkRead more

Five of the Best Gifts to Give Your Children (or Grandchildren) Part 2

December 8, 2016

There are so many good gifts we can give our children (or grandchildren)--at Christmas , and all year long. Last week we talked about three of the five best gifts to give them. Today, I'll share the last two:
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Five of the Best Gifts to Give Your Children

December 1, 2016

At Christmastime or anytime, what parent doesn't want to give good gifts to their kids? But what kind of gifts should they choose? Here are five of the best gifts you can give your children:

At Christmastime or anytime, what parent (or grandparent) doesn’t want to give good gifts to their kids? But what kind of gifts should they choose? Here are five of the best gifts you can give your children of grandchildren: Read more

Prayers with Kids at Bedtime

September 15, 2016

Prayers with kids or grandkids at bedtime is more than a ritual. They need that spiritual nudge, that personal hug from God and you to give them a sense of security and love. If you need help and a place to start, here are two examples:

Prayers with kids or grandkids at bedtime is more than a ritual. They need that spiritual nudge, that personal hug from God and you to give them a sense of security and love. You know that praying to end the day, thanking God for all that was experienced, asking for rest and a fresh start tomorrow, is an important habit to build in your kids. But have you ever found yourself putting your kids or grandkids to bed at the end of a long day, wanting to pray, but just too exhausted to find the words?  If you need help and a place to start, here are two examples:

Prayer One

Dear God, we thank you tonight for the good day and for the special way you take care of us all the time. Thank you for the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and for helping us learn new things every day.

Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way you wanted. Thank you for protecting us throughout the day. Forgive us for the wrong things we do. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey or try to do things our way. Help us to always choose your way, God, because it’s always best. We pray for all the people who don’t know you, and that they will come to understand your love for them, too.

Bless our family and thank you for good times together and apart. Bless our friends and those we love, including our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. Thank you for our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat. Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send your angels around our home to protect us throughout the night. Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more. You are good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And we love you. Good night.

Prayer Two

Bless us with rest tonight, Jesus, and a good night’s sleep. Forgive us for the things we did today that did not honor you. Thank you for loving us so much and that you know us through and through. We need your help every day, and we thank you for the strength you give and for helping us know that with you, even hard things are possible. Bless our family and our home, and keep us safe through the night. May your angels guard us and watch over us, just like you promised. Read more

Back to School Prayers for Kids and Grandkids

August 11, 2016

As my husband and I were praying for our kids and grandkids today, God impressed me to put aside another blog I was working on and to revisit one I had already posted a while back. In this season of our lives, we feel like some of the most important work we can do is to pray for our children and grandchildren.

More Challenges, More Temptations

With school starting again soon, our young family members will face more pressures than ever. New temptations will test them and new studies will challenge them. In many cases, fears may assault them, and their faith will need strengthening for tough times. Whether they don uniforms or other clothes, they will all need to wear God’s protective armor (Ephesians 6:11-18).

Growth in Character and Abilities

But they will also have opportunities to grow both in their character, and in their abilities. God can increase their joys and confidence in themselves and in Him. Maybe that’s why we pray with more intensity for our children and grandchildren. And that’s why their names are on our lips both in silent and spoken prayers not just once in a while, but daily. God knows their names!

Praying for your kids and grandkids is not an option. They depend on you, especially as they go back to school. In a nutshell, below are five back to school prayers you can pray for your loved ones–now, or anytime of year. Read more

How to Speak Words of Life

July 7, 2016

What kind of words can you speak that will bring life to those around you? Here are three kinds of words you can offer:

What kind of words can you speak that will bring life to those around you? Here are three kinds of words–words of life–you can offer: Read more

One Thing You Can Do to Heal Your Country

June 30, 2016

Pray as if your life and your country's healing depend on it. Because it does.

Everyone has an opinion today on what their country needs and what it will take to help heal it–especially when division occurs or election time rolls around. There are many things you can do to help, but none are more important than the one I’ll tell you about today. If you really love your country, here is the most important thing you can do to help heal it: Read more

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