Devotionals

versestrust

25 Bible Verses About Trust

2 Samuel 7:28 NIV  Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Psalm 9:10 ESV And those who know your name put their trust in you,     for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 13:5 ESV But I have trusted […]

prayerprompts

How peeling potatoes makes me feel like a domestic diva

When precise circumstances align just right, I feel like a domestic diva. The windows are open. The house smells like it’s filled with flowers or pies—-maybe it’s because I baked; maybe it’s artificially provided by a candle or scented wax in my burner—it doesn’t matter, as long as the house doesn’t smell like diapers and […]

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7 Ways to have a quiet time when you don’t have quiet or time

“You dropped your head.” That’s what he tells me as we leave church.  He points to a spot on the floor with this twinkle in his eye, just waiting for me to fall for the joke he’s played on me many times before. He gets us all the time.  “You’re shoes untied,” when you’re wearing […]

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Dear Girl, When Momma Lets You Down….

I let her down. Not intentionally, of course, but there it is.  You can try to do everything right as a mom and always be perfect and still not always get it either right or perfect. We had planned it out for a few weeks since the invitation from the school came.  They asked me […]

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That will never happen to me….

She flat-out bawled uncontrollably at the tragic news. Her two older sisters had brought home five—-count them, five—–birthday party invitations within three weeks. She had not. I assured her: You will have parties to attend.  You will receive invitations.  Your social life has not collapsed, bit the dust, or ended in ruin within the first […]

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The Pumpkin Rule

We have this long-standing family rule. My husband tells my daughters every year at the pumpkin patch before we scramble onto the tractor for the hayride out to the fields: “You have to pick a pumpkin you can carry….yourself.…as in Mom and Dad aren’t carrying your pumpkin for you.” They nod their little blond heads […]

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Morning Prayers to Whisper in Between the Snooze Button (AKA Kids)

I do not understand the snooze button on an alarm clock.  I never have. To me, sleep only works when you’re actually sleeping. The first beep of an alarm wakes me up.  From that moment on, my mind is racing on into the day.  I’m not sleeping; I’m thinking. Worse yet, I’m thinking without actually […]

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I Know a Good Question When I See One

At the pumpkin patch, they handed us a paper with clues and a purple crayon for the scavenger hunt. Follow the clues to places all over the farm and collect the letters.  Unscramble the letters at the end and find the answer to this question: What’s the name of the largest pumpkin we grow here […]

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Eat Cereal and Go to Disney?

My daughter announced at the breakfast table that if we wanted to go to Disney World we all needed to eat a particular cereal. “You want to go to Disney, right?” She asked her five-year-old sister. Such an unfair question.  Of course, the five-year-old nodded, ‘yes.’ “Then you need to eat this cereal, see?” I […]

versesrest

25 Bible Verses on Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in […]

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Scripture

versestrust

25 Bible Verses About Trust

2 Samuel 7:28 NIV  Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Psalm 9:10 ESV And those who know your name put their trust in you,     for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 13:5 ESV But I have trusted […]

versesrest

25 Bible Verses on Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in […]

versesforharddays

50 Bible Verses for the Hard Days

On the hard days, I collect Bible verses on a paper I’ve ripped out of my journal.  I fold that paper up and tote it around everywhere I go. When anxiety hits, I pull my verses right out and finger the edge of the paper nervously as I whisper the God-Words aloud.  The aloud part […]

prayershomeandfamily

7 Prayers for Your Home and Family

It’s usually when I watch my children sleep. Or when my tired infant son finally relaxes his on-the-go muscles and snuggles into me as I sway next to his crib. That’s when I pray it.  Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or […]

versesobeying

35 Verses on Obeying God

35 Verses on Obeying God—even when it’s hard, doesn’t make sense, is scary, or you just plain out don’t want to…. Exodus 19:5 NIV Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession Exodus 23:22 ESV “But if you carefully obey his voice […]

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Bookshelf

bravemom

Book Review: Brave Mom

Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears by Sherry Surratt We live in a scary world and it’s all too easy to get caught up in parenting with fear rather than parenting in faith, which is why I was so excited to read Sherry Surratt’s book, Brave Mom.  This CEO of MOPS International(Mothers […]

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Book Review, A.D. 30

A.D. 30: A Novel by Ted Dekker I’ve never accepted a request to review a fiction book before as I find Christian nonfiction to be more my forte.  But I was asked to review Ted Dekker’s novel, A.D. 30, because of its discussion of women’s issues that might be of interest to me and my […]

hearinghisvoice

Book Review: The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional

The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional: 365 Days of Intimate Communication with God by Chris Tiegreen Several years ago, I received one of Chris Tiegreen’s One Year Devotionals as a Christmas present.  I’m usually a devotional critic, expecting more meat and substance to be packed in than most devotionals really deliver.  Yet, I fell […]

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