Devotionals

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The one thing I need to hear when I’m waiting

I was five minutes early and already nervous. A friend and I were meeting up so we could drive together to an event. The plan was simple.  Meet in the parking lot at 5:00. At 4:55, I started worrying. Did we say 5:00 or 5:30?  Did I have the time right?  What if we had miscommunicated? […]

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Not again!

My son stepped out on the front porch this morning. He was, thankfully, fully dressed (not just hanging out in his pajamas or, what’s worse, a t-shirt and diaper). He even had on his winter coat and his wooly tiger hat. But he was still wearing his Batman socks.  No shoes.  Just socks. Who has […]

verses on loving others

14 Bible Verses on Loving Others

Matthew 5:43-44 NIV  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Mark 12:29-31 NLT Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you […]

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What her message to me said and why I needed to hear it

I surveyed the possible outfits and an empty suitcase. I hovered a hand over the teal scarf, pulled it away and then reached for my favorite top and jacket…pulled my hand away again and flopped back onto my bed in defeat. I was heading to my first writer’s conference where there’d be thousands of women, most […]

Ephesians 1

This is Mine. God said.

“Mine.” My son drags his dark blue towel through the living room.  It’s not even bath night, so I’m not quite sure what inspired him to stake this claim. But he pulls it along behind him and then holds it out so I can see his territory. “Mine.” And then to punctuate the point, he […]

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12 Bible Verses about God’s Love

Psalm 86:15 (NIV) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 103:8 NIV The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 136:1 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Isaiah 30:18 Yet the […]

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Digging out the minivan

I got stuck in the slushy mess. Driving out yesterday was a cinch.  After a mass of snow and ice hit our area over the weekend, we now had temperatures in the 50s.  It was warm, bright and sunny and we needed to get out of the house. The snow was no longer snow.  The […]

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5 Simple Ways to Remember to Pray for Others

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” 1 Timothy 2:1 MSG “I’ll pray for ya!” That’s what we promise. But do we really remember?  When life crowds in, do we keep our promise to pray for surgeries, doctor’s appointments, marriages, infertility, job […]

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20 Bible Verses for the days you are discouraged

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 ESV  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, […]

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Have mercy on us

My oldest girl gave a speech that was bursting with righteous indignation. Her class had misbehaved in the school lunchroom. These fifth graders had been out of their seats, standing up on the little round chairs attached to the lunch tables. They had been loud and obnoxious. So they were punished. It wasn’t just the misbehaving few, […]

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Scripture

verses on loving others

14 Bible Verses on Loving Others

Matthew 5:43-44 NIV  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Mark 12:29-31 NLT Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you […]

verses-about-Gods-love

12 Bible Verses about God’s Love

Psalm 86:15 (NIV) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 103:8 NIV The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 136:1 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Isaiah 30:18 Yet the […]

verses-for-the-discouraged

20 Bible Verses for the days you are discouraged

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 ESV  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, […]

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25 Bible Verses on Having a Pure Heart

Psalm 12:6 ESV The words of the Lord are pure words,     like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,     purified seven times. Psalm 19:8 ESV the precepts of the Lord are right,     rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure,     enlightening the eyes; Psalm 24:4-5 ESV He who has clean hands and […]

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50 Bible Verses on Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Psalm 4:1 ESV Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! […]

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Book Review | The Comeback

The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far by Louie Giglio Louie Giglio’s newest book, The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far, is drenched in grace and written in his classic style:  straightforward, easy to follow, and full of stories that keep your attention.  He’s writing about broken […]

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Book Review | Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage

Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage by Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley Greg and Erin Smalley share what they call 12 Secrets for a Lifelong Romance in their new book, Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.   Each chapter offers up a tip/secret/marriage principle, such as honoring one another, communication strategies, serving each other, and being committed to […]

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Book Review | Glory Days

Glory Days by Max Lucado In his new book, Glory Days, Max Lucado offers a study of the book of Joshua and a reminder that we too often settle for less than God’s best for us.  As Christians, we can slip into complacency or even defeatism.  We can think that God only intends for us […]

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