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
April 12, 2016
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
March 22, 2016
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
March 8, 2016
We 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
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.
February 10, 2016
Candy, Flowers, Perfume—these Valentine’s Day gifts still make up the largest portion of the Valentine commercial industry. And there’s nothing wrong with those. But what if you and your spouse could give each other a special gift this Valentine’s Day–one that would last all year?
Do you pray for your spouse? What better time than Valentine’s Day to let your spouse know that you are praying for him/her and what you are praying. It could be one of the best Valentine gifts you could ever offer. Make your prayer letter personal, but here are some suggestions of how you might pray for your husband or for your wife: Read more
January 26, 2016
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
December 22, 2015
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!
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:
November 10, 2015
It’s one of the words God loves to hear, but not only at this time of year. His God-ordained “holiday” includes every day of every year. No matter what’s going on in our world or in our lives, He loves to hear this word. What is it? Read more
August 20, 2015
Needs bombard us like a hailstorm sometimes. In emergencies, sometimes I simply cry out, “Jesus, Help!” In fact, I uttered one of those prayers last week.
But other times I have more time to give thought and reflection, remembering God’s Word and promises as I pray. I’ve taken a break in my “Finding God Outdoors” series to give you a sampling of some of those prayers. Below you’ll find three of those prayers I wrote for crosswalk.com, which you can read by following the links under each picture, and a fourth prayer I’ve posted in a previous blog. If you’ve ever found yourself in one of these situations, I hope each prayer will help to encourage you and draw you closer to the One who loves you and is waiting to hear your prayer. Read more