April 28, 2015
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:
1. Unconditional Love – no matter what age or stage
2. Unreserved Faith – in a God who is always faithful
3. Undivided Attention – letting them know they really matter
4. Unbiased Wisdom – the kind that comes from knowing Jesus intimately
5. Unwavering Prayer – in the good and bad times
Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:9, MSG).
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you (Psalm 89:8, NIV).
What About You?
What would you add to this list? What would you like to give to your children and/or grandchildren? Share your comments below. You could encourage someone today!
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November 18, 2014
Home stirs up a variety of images and memories. In recent blogs, I talked about heaven, our real home. But today, I’m offering a new book giveaway from author Deborah Raney called Home to Chicory Lane. A great start to a new Christian fiction series, Deborah’s new book introduces us to the home of the Whitman family. I love the inviting back cover blurb from Deborah’s new book:
WELCOME TO CHICORY INN…
WHERE FAMILY IS (ALMOST)
September 22, 2014
I get it.
Every morning, I wake up refreshed. Okay, most mornings.
Same objectives. Same desires. Same hopes. Read more
April 28, 2014
Wondering what you could say or give to a mother to express your thanks and your love to her–on Mother’s Day or any day? For those of you whose moms are still living, here’s one simple suggestion. Read more
December 3, 2013
Today is the third in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers, celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Everlasting Father. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 3 – Everlasting Father
Lord, what child hasn’t longed for a tender, compassionate father–one who never breaks his promises and one who will never desert his family?
Earthly Father vs. Everlasting Father
But our earthly dads are often limited by their humanness. At times even their best attempts at fathering will appear flawed, and they will occasionally disappoint us. Some surrender in exhaustion and despair at the sheer responsibility. Others keep on loving and serving their families the best way they can, eager to mirror Your character.
But You, Lord, are the Everlasting Father–the One who knows perfectly what we need. With Your great wisdom You give us only what is best. Read more
October 14, 2013
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
June 10, 2013
What is a father? Whether our fathers were absent or present, we all share memories of what our father is/was like. This is my Father’s Day Tribute. Will you share yours? Happy Father’s Day! Read more
May 6, 2013
Women and Stress
Is your life blessed or stressed?
Whether working inside or outside the home, today’s moms, grandmoms, and women of all ages deal with stress. Here are ten simple stress busters women can practice daily: 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
October 25, 2011
What kind of gifts do you give your children? Last week we talked about three of the five best gifts you can give your children. We could list many more. But here are the last two: Read more