When You Can’t See the Beauty for the Mess

April 12, 2016

What are your expectations for your home and family? And how do you respond when you can't see the beauty for the mess?

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

A Legacy to Celebrate: Granny Ruth

March 22, 2016

"Grand" mothering has more to do with how many children you’ve nurtured in the Lord, rather than how many descendants adorn your family tree.

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

Five Ways to Solve Irrational Fear

March 8, 2016

Five Ways to Solve Irrational FearWe 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

When God Wants Change

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.

When God Wants Change

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A New Year’s Prayer for You

December 29, 2015

May your light shine brighter this year because of Jesus. I hope you will read and pass on this prayer-wish I wrote for you below. Together with Jesus, let’s make this year a victorious one!

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.

You can read the rest of the prayer on Crosswalk. Read more

A Christmas Prayer for You

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!

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 on Crosswalk. Read more

Some Roses Bloom in December

December 15, 2015

Some Roses Bloom in December

From the winters of our lives God often brings surprises. God’s miracles are often found when we least expect them, because some roses bloom in December. Read more

Eight Unexpected Blessings from God

November 24, 2015

Eight Unexpected Blessings from GodMost of us remember to count our usual blessings from God, especially at times like Thanksgiving. But here are at least eight unexpected blessings we could overlook. You could probably list even more. Let me explain: Read more

One Word God Loves to Hear

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.

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

Do You Need This Prayer?

August 20, 2015

Strength Healing New Day Back-to-school Prayer Need Encouragement

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

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