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psalm 104

What astronauts put on first (and other lessons from outer space)

In one corner of the exhibit, a crowd gathered around the volunteer standing next to the space toilet and explaining how astronauts go to the bathroom in zero gravity. A few steps away, an older volunteer stood next to a space suit holding up pieces of astronaut gear.  Every time a new group walked over to him, […]

psalm 119

Why I Want to Really Know My Kids

I was about 22 years old, married without kids, teaching other people’s children in the classroom when I started praying this prayer: Lord, when I have children, please help me know them, not just the great things about them, but their sin and weaknesses, too.  I want to know what’s wrong so I can wade […]

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20 Bible Verses to Encourage Those Who Teach

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your […]

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We Celebrate Courage in This House (Because We Aren’t Naturally Courageous)

Bravery doesn’t run rampant in this house. My girls and I freak out about bugs. We grab for a dry towel when water splashes into our eyes. We talk through all possibilities and potential scenarios so we won’t freak about what’s new and different. We inch into doorways when there’s a room full of new people. […]

Psalm 27-4

Why I Was Sprawled on the Floor of the Wal-Mart

There’s one item every year. Every single year. There was the Elmer’s glue one year that could not be “no run ” Unfortunately, Wal-Mart stocks a million bottles of “no run” glue and keeps a small, more expensive supply of the other kind of Elmer’s hidden away on back shelves. And there’s the fact that […]

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15 Bible Verses and a Prayer for 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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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for Rest

  Well, friends, our family pushed through the month of July with all of its busyness and made it to the other side.  To August.  And to rest. And we’re ready for rest. I’ll be taking some time to relax with my family, to regroup and refresh.  Here are 25 verses and a prayer for […]

Matthew 12

Hope has a Name

I froze on the sidewalk in the scorching summer heat with a six-year-old by my side and a toddler in the stroller. We had popped into a grocery story 45 minutes from our home on a whim and then just as spontaneously decided to walk down to the Subway for lunch. Nothing about this day […]

Psalm 37

The Prayers of a Stranger

That moment that someone you don’t know rests her hands on your back and leans down to pray for you, your soul feels a little laid bare. How will they know what to pray? They haven’t peered into the hidden corners of your heart. They haven’t watched you toss from side to side in the […]

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50 Bible Verses on Compassion

Exodus 22:27b NIV When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. Exodus 33:19 NIV And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have […]

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verses-for-teachers

20 Bible Verses to Encourage Those Who Teach

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your […]

verses-on-courage

15 Bible Verses and a Prayer for 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 […]

versesrest.jpg

25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for Rest

  Well, friends, our family pushed through the month of July with all of its busyness and made it to the other side.  To August.  And to rest. And we’re ready for rest. I’ll be taking some time to relax with my family, to regroup and refresh.  Here are 25 verses and a prayer for […]

verses-compassion

50 Bible Verses on Compassion

Exodus 22:27b NIV When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate. Exodus 33:19 NIV And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have […]

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20 Bible Verses and a Prayer About Handling Change

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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9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage

Book Review | 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage

9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire Sheila Wray Gregoire’s new book, 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage, accomplishes something quite difficult: Saying something fresh about marriage.  After reading and/or reviewing so many marriage books that focus on male/female communication and seeing the world as either pink or blue and […]

Brave Enough

Book Review | Brave Enough

Brave Enough by Nicole Unice In Brave Enough, Nicole Unice tells us a little secret: “We’re all a little scared.” Being afraid, though, doesn’t mean you can’t live with courage.  It doesn’t mean you can’t be brave.  She writes, “Courage is the will to move past fear and get out of our own way, to […]

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Book Review | The Miracle in the Middle

The Miracle in the Middle by Charlotte Gambill Waiting. No one is a big fan of waiting, and we talk a great deal in Christian circles about how difficult it is to wait on God.  In her book, The Miracle in the Middle, Charlotte Gambill writes about this season of waiting as being “in the […]

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