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
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
September 25, 2012
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth even more. During his message as a guest speaker for our church Sunday, Max Lacado showed this you-tube video to illustrate the depth of God’s love and grace for us. I just wanted to pass it on. Whether you’ve seen it or not, it’s worth reviewing often. What a powerful picture of not only a mom laying down her life for her kids, but of a Savior who gave His all for us! Read more
August 27, 2012
My mom graduated to heaven a few years ago. The night before her funeral I was still struggling with not being able to see her just before she died. I looked for God’s footprints in all of it and coudn’t find them, even though I prayed and searched diligently.
That same night a terrific storm blew in–one that literally shook the house with loud thunder claps and lightning bolts that lit up the room in Mom’s house where I was trying to sleep. When the storm finally calmed, I turned on a nearby lamp and grabbed my Bible on the stand. When I opened it, the pages fell to the book of Psalms. I began to read through chapter 77. As if highlighted by lightning, these were the words that especially spoke to me: 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
May 6, 2011
A Mother’s Hands…
reach out to bless her children and
reach up to praise the Lord.
They’re always loving, often praying, and
ever giving more than she keeps for herself. Read more
April 6, 2011
At one time or another, we moms may think we’re not doing “enough” to prepare our kids for life. Deep down we feel inadequate. We may not feel skilled or talented or creative. Sometimes we even start comparing ourselves to others as parents, which totally makes us feel worse.
Every mom, young or old, is concerned about making wise decisions. Are we giving our children the right training? We fear for our kids. Are they being bullied? Are they safe enough? We all want our kids to “turn out right.”
If you are a mom or grandmom, here are four things to remember that might encourage you as you prepare your kids for life: Read more
January 8, 2011
We hear it all the time: “Focus on the 6 most important things for today.” “List 3 things you most want to accomplish.” “What are 10 things on your bucket list?” But is it possible to accomplish more with less? Have you ever tried the pricinple of the One Thing? Read more
November 29, 2010
A GUEST POST
Today features a true Christmas tail (er, tale) written by my brother in his recent book, Just Rememberin’:
The Christmas Rat
by Bob Barlow
“I’ve had lots of memorable Christmases, but one of those has a unique and somewhat humorous, even embarrassing meaning to me.
I was in elementary school, about the third grade, and I came down with the mumps about a week before Christmas that year! Swollen throat like balloons was a sight to see!
We lived in a two story house, with my bedroom being upstairs. My dad was the preacher at the Baptist church in town, and the parsonage had been enlarged from its original size to include a master bedroom on the back side of the house. Since my bedroom was upstairs, it was inconvenient for my mother to take care of me and check on me by going up and down the stairs, as well as preparing all the food and goodies for Christmas time. So they had me to stay in their bed during the daytime, allowing her to easily see how I was doing with the mumps.
Where Is Santa’s Stash?
Are you a curious person? I am. Read more
October 28, 2010
A mom may guage success more by her kids’ accomplishments, rather than her own–even their behavior, and her effectiveness in influencing them.
The salesperson tends to measure success by the number of sales, the size of commission or bonus, his promotion–or lack of it–and his effectiveness in producing results.
The writer often sees success in the size of her advance, in how many books she writes and the number of readers who buy them, the total number of book sales and its placement on the charts, and in the number of her blog folllowers and face book friends.
The preacher might evaluate success by the size and spiritual growth of his congregation, the number of converts and baptisms each year, and the absence of conflict among his congregation.
What’s Wrong With That?
Different folks, but same philosophy: equating success with results. It’s the nature of life. Is there anything wrong with that? Read more