Devotionals

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The Top 10 Best Things About Hotels (Says the Mom Away From Home)

10.  When there’s a problem, someone else has to fix it!  No breaking out the tools when something is wrong. One word to a hotel staff member and within five minutes the handyman shows up with his own tool box. 9. How excited your kids get about every little thing:  There’s a tiny refrigerator!!  And […]

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Dear Catherine: Why You’ll Get a Stethoscope for your Fifth Birthday

Dear Catherine, You’ve been asking me for months for a stethoscope for your birthday.  A REAL one.  One that allows you to hear your actual heart beating actual beats. I’m not surprised.  You’ve been telling me for two years that you want to be a nurse or a doctor when you grow up. I know […]

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We are Staycation Failures

A few years ago, my husband and I realized we had to take a few days off of work.  Both of us.  At the same time. This probably doesn’t sound exciting, but to us this was revolutionary. We didn’t go away.  We didn’t take vacations.  We didn’t take time off other than for dental appointments […]

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Announcing a Winner and Redefining Gentleness

Last week, I announced that I’d be giving away a copy of Mary Ann Froehlich’s book, Courageous Gentleness, and today I’m announcing the winner!  I used a random number generator to chose the winner from the comments you shared and the winner is:  Lisa Preuett.  Congratulations!  I’ll get the book on out to you! ******************************************************************************************* […]

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How to Take a Spiritual Retreat When You Can’t Get Away

I’ve always needed to retreat spiritually, to run away for an afternoon or spend a weekend away in quiet. I’m an introvert and a workaholic.  I’ll fill up every available space in my day with to-do list items and then crash from the emotional overload from the noise. I must get away in order to […]

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Would you like some pizza with that doctrine?

She’s a four-year-old chowing down on pizza and breadsticks and prodding us with deep theological questions in between bites. Where does God live? She drops it casually into family chatter just like “What are we doing tomorrow?” or “Can I have some more lemonade, please?” Then she returns to the task at hand: Munch, munch, […]

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15 Bible Verses about Courage

 Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 NIV  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord […]

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Chatting about Gentleness and a Book Giveaway!!

Thank goodness for my Kindle because my book shelves are sagging in the middle despite me repeatedly cleaning out the books I can ‘do without’ and still survive. I’m a bookworm from way back, so it’s perfect that one of the ‘perks’ of being a writer is getting to read and review books from other […]

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5 Things This Introvert is Teaching My Extroverted Daughter (and 5 things maybe she’s teaching me)

My daughter is an extrovert-to-the-power-of-1o.  At 18 months old, I realized she could not have a day at home and be happy. Could.  Not. If I did not put that child in the car seat and drive her somewhere every single day she would end up a screaming mess of frustrated babyhood and I would […]

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Declaration of Dependence

I picked my older girls up from the weekend camp and breathed a mom sigh of relief at the sight of them. They survived without me. They had on slightly crazy outfits despite my careful planning as we packed their bags days before. “Mom, I ran out of shorts and play-clothes,” they tell me. Their […]

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Scripture

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15 Bible Verses about Courage

 Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:9 NIV  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord […]

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12 Bible Verses on Freedom

 Psalm 118:5 NLT In my distress I prayed to the Lord,     and the Lord answered me and set me free. Psalm 119:45 NIV I will walk about in freedom,     for I have sought out your precepts. Isaiah 61:1 NIV The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to […]

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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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15 Bible Verses on Peace

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB) The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ Psalm 29:11 (NASB) The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm […]

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30 Bible Verses on Hope

Job 14:7-9 NASB “For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. “Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil, At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like […]

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Bookshelf

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Finding Hope After Divorce, Book Review

The Kay Arthur 40 Minute Bible Studies series was one of my favorite discoveries as a leader of women’s small groups. Years ago when I started a small group for women, we wanted to study God’s Word together and do so with some depth.  But we were busy.  We had young kids, jobs, ministries and […]

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Book Review: Heaven, Hell and Life After Death

The Kay Arthur 40 Minute Bible Studies series was one of my favorite discoveries as a leader of women’s small groups. Years ago when I started a small group for women, we wanted to study God’s Word together and do so with some depth.  But we were busy.  We had young kids, jobs, ministries and […]

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Chatting about Gentleness and a Book Giveaway!!

Thank goodness for my Kindle because my book shelves are sagging in the middle despite me repeatedly cleaning out the books I can ‘do without’ and still survive. I’m a bookworm from way back, so it’s perfect that one of the ‘perks’ of being a writer is getting to read and review books from other […]

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