Devotionals

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When You’re Not The Best Mom Ever

“Thanks, Mom.  You’re the best mom ever.” It was a casual minivan conversation.  She climbed up into her seat after preschool.  I promised to make her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with strawberries and pretzels for lunch. She bestowed on me the title of “Best Mom Ever,” clicked her seatbelt, and then asked if […]

Deuteronomy 1

When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Playdate protocol. That’s what I review with my daughters in the last 5 minutes before we exit our minivan and enter their friend’s home. Do not fight with each other. Say please and thank you. Clean up your messes. Do not fight with each other. Do show respect to her mom and call her Mrs. […]

verses-change

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, […]

Psalm 56-3

Fear is an ill-fitting hand-me-down

We called her our Roller Coaster Baby.  My middle girl was a fearless climber and intrepid explorer in her younger days.  When she played with Daddy, she always wanted to go higher and faster. We thought she’d be a mountain climber, an adventurer, a bold and brave pioneer, who wouldn’t be intimidated by peer pressure […]

1 Samuel

When You Feel Like the Runt

Dearest Catherine, Did you know that King David was the youngest of all his brothers? In fact, when the prophet Samuel showed up on Jesse’s doorstep and announced that one of his sons would be anointed as the new king of Israel, Jesse didn’t even remember that David existed. Jesse had son after son parade before Samuel. […]

verseslight

20 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Light

Psalm 27:1 ESV The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 119:105 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet     and a light to my path. Psalm 119:130 ESV The unfolding of your words gives light; […]

Colossians 3-12

Taking the Tenderness Challenge

Here’s the challenge: Your child spills her cup of milk at dinner. She wasn’t being bad.  It certainly wasn’t malicious.  But she was a child who was being…childish.  Not quite paying attention.  Acting a little clumsy, a little distracted, and a little too caught up in being silly and not paying enough attention to the distance […]

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That Time I Did Spontaneous

I did spontaneous. This miracle happened right here two weeks ago. Yes, this Planning-Mom-Extraordinaire did spontaneous. My son woke up from his afternoon nap and I loaded my kids into the minivan for a trip to the beach.  The library’s summer reading program is hosting a ‘drum circle’ every Wednesday evening along the beachfront. So, we […]

spiritual retreat

Taking 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 […]

Psalm 51-6

Want Honesty? Ask a Preschooler

I was the preschool party mom for the day. Snacks? Check. Games? Check. Crafts and activities? Check. Party success. I packed up my goodies and the kids grabbed jackets to line up for the end of the day.  I chatted with the restless kids who already stood in line while they waited for classmates to […]

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Scripture

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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, […]

verseslight

20 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Light

Psalm 27:1 ESV The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 119:105 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet     and a light to my path. Psalm 119:130 ESV The unfolding of your words gives light; […]

verseswisdom

20 Bible Verses on Wisdom and Making Tough Decisions

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 25:12 ESV Who is the man who fears the Lord?     Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. Psalm 119:9 ESV How can a young man keep his […]

versescomfort

25 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Comfort

Psalm 23:4 ESV Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. Psalm 71:21 ESV You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. Psalm 86:17 ESV Show me a sign of your favor, […]

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20 Bible Verses About God’s Power and Might

Exodus 15:6 ESV Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,     your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy. 1 Chronicles 29:11 ESV  Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours […]

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Bookshelf

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It’s Good to Be Queen | Book Review

It’s Good to be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite Bible teachers and I’m once again in love with one of her books, It’s Good to be Queen.  In this new book, she studies the Queen of Sheba and her visit to King Solomon in 1 Kings 10. […]

Unafraid

Book Review | Unafraid

Unafraid by Susie Davis In 1978, Susie Davis witnessed a shooting in her classroom.  A fellow student walked in that day and killed her teacher.  Since that time, she knew God, but didn’t trust Him, living with debilitating fear as a young woman, and then as a wife and mom. Unafraid is her personal story […]

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Book Review |Your Sacred Yes

Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion & Joy by Susie Larson It’s so easy to feel obligated and guilted into saying ‘yes’ to every request for our time and attention, but Susie Larson writes in her book, Your Sacred Yes, about how to discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations.  The book focuses […]

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