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 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: Read more

Should We Apologize for Our Blessings?

November 24, 2016

Do you ever feel guilty about speaking of God's personal blessings? Should you apologize? Or turn your blessings into boomerangs?

Good News Is Hard to Keep Quiet

A while back I had shared a “Day-votional Truth for the Day”: “Good news is hard to keep quiet.” I quoted the response of Peter and John after they had been asked by some Jewish religious leaders not to speak of Jesus again: “”Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20, NLT).

One of the Facebook comments about my post brought up an interesting perspective, and maybe even a different issue altogether–about feeling guilty when sharing with others what God has done for us.  But maybe we can tie the two thoughts together.

Should We Apologize for Our Blessings?

Do you ever feel guilty about speaking of God’s personal blessings, especially around an unbeliever or someone less fortunate? Do you ever feel like Jacob’s favored son, Joseph, sporting his coat of many colors and almost bragging about his God-given dreams about his brothers (Genesis 37)? Should you apologize for your blessings? Should you keep quiet about them? Read more

When the Only Place We Can Look Is Up

November 17, 2016

When the only place we can look is up, God is faithful to meet us and greet us at our point of need.

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, (1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV).

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

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Are You Listening to God?

November 10, 2016

 

People sometimes wonder if God will show up. The question is not, "Will God show up?" but will we? Are you listening to God?

Are You Listening to God?

My recurrent theme in many of my blogs, as you know, is “God is Faithful.” It runs through my heart, and that theme is embedded in the heart and soul of the Bible.

So, to me, when people ask in any situation,  “Will God show up?” that’s not even a question to consider. Read more

Book Giveaway – Mornings with Jesus 2017 Devotional

October 27, 2016

Time again for another book giveaway--the new Mornings with Jesus 2017 devotional. Read the excerpt and enter the drawing. Start every morning with Jesus!

It’s time again for another book giveaway. Once again, I’m featuring a Guideposts devotional book, the new Mornings with Jesus 2017 devotional. For my fifth year now, I’ve been privileged to join a team of other gifted writers to compose the Mornings with Jesus devotionals, including this one.

Studying the life of Jesus and reading and learning more about Him each year as I write these devotions has deepened my love and passion for Christ even more. And every year as I experience more of His love and grace, Jesus grows even more precious to me. He is so faithful!

I am pleased to share this opportunity with you. Be sure and read the excerpt; then comment below to enter the devotional book giveaway drawing. Read more

What Are God’s Plans for You?

October 20, 2016

There are no "has beens" in God's kingdom--only "can becomes." God's plans are always to restore, refresh, and renew.

God isn’t finished with you yet.

There’s still hope for you. Read more

How God Feels About You

October 13, 2016

How does God feel about you? Just in case you’re wondering, here are some things He says about you:

How does God feel about you? Just in case you're wondering, here are some things He says about you.

And that’s only the beginning.  Read more

Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible

September 22, 2016

Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus Daily BibleTime for another book giveaway–one that combines a Bible and devotional in the same package! New to Guideposts, the Mornings with Jesus Daily Bible offers a 365-day plan for reading through the Bible in one year. It’s an easy way to share each day with the One Who knows you best.

I love giving books away, and Guideposts sent me an extra copy of this wonderful Bible. So I wanted to pass one along to one of my readers.

This Bible offers daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms, along with daily encouragements, prayers, and faith steps that draw you closer to Jesus and fill you with His love and light. Many of my devotions are included in this Bible, along with other writers from the past Mornings with Jesus devotionals.

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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

Praying for Peace Within

September 1, 2016

While we all crave peace, perhaps one kind that we all struggle with most from time to time is peace within. If so, today's blog is for you.

Peace within is something we all need. And while we all crave different kinds of peace, perhaps one that we all struggle with most from time to time is inner peace. If so, today’s blog is for you. While I always encourage you to pray your own prayer, perhaps these thoughts will be helpful to you. It’s yet another one in a series of helpful prayers I’ve been sharing with you for a few weeks.

Is your heart troubled? Are you feeling like the psalmist, who asked his own soul, “Why are you in despair? And why have you become disturbed within me?” One of the hardest parts of knowing peace is understanding how it has nothing to do with control. If you’re having trouble with trust or finding the words to pray above the howling of the scary storms, feel free to offer up these words to the Lord now!

When Confusion Reigns

Oh Lord, sometimes my insides feel like a battle zone, where missiles are falling too close to home. Other times I’m caught in an endless storm, with thoughts flying out of control. Confusion reigns, and defeat creeps in to steal my joy. I need your peace—the deep-down-in-your-heart kind that stays with me day and night and speaks confidently into the wind. Calm my anxious spirit, Lord; all the attacking “if-onlys” and “what-ifs” fill me with needless worry.

I know that trust is a big part of experiencing peace and that fear has no place in my life. Most of the things I worry about or dread don’t even happen. So I’m declaring my trust in you. I’m releasing the reins of my life again and asking you to take control. I may need to pray this same prayer daily, but I’m tired of the frenzy of life that leaves my schedule and my thoughts without any margin. I need more of you, Lord, and less of me.

Finding Peace Within

I surrender and admit: I can’t control people, plans, or even all my circumstances, but I can yield those things to you, and focus on your goodness. Thank you today for every good gift you’ve given, every blessing you’ve sent, all the forgiveness I did not deserve, and, yes, for every trial you’ve allowed into my life. You bring good out of every circumstance if I’ll only let go and believe you. I know that when I pray and give thanks instead of worrying, you have promised that I can experience the kind of peace that passes all understanding. That’s your kind of peace, Lord. And it’s the kind I crave. Read more

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