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Dear Daughter, When You’re Nine, Make It Count

Dear Lauren, There’s something about nine. Eighth birthdays seem like a passageway to life as a ‘big kid.’ Welcome to third grade and the upper end of your elementary school years. And then there’s ten, this monumental moment where you hit double digits and head into life as a ‘tween.’ But nine. It’s a little […]

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Sometimes a Crock-Pot is Just a Crock-Pot (and other wisdom for the indecisive)

An indecisive person (AKA me) plus a store aisle full of choices = paralysis, disaster, and maybe a meltdown in the middle of the Wal-Mart. It all started when I poured spaghetti sauce ingredients into my beloved Crock-Pot.  I felt like a domestic diva, a household management expert. After racing from school to activities and then […]

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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for the Thirsty Soul

Nehemiah 9:15 ESV  You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you had sworn to give them. Psalm 23:1-2 ESV The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2     He […]

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Does God Listen When We Pray?

“Listening is an act of love.” That’s what she told me years ago as we sat around the table in our Bible study group. She said it with a laugh, because she was a talker.  She liked chatting, chatting, chatting.  Listening was the sacrificial gift she gave to others. Sometimes one phrase like that sticks […]

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After 9:30 p.m. Mommy Needs a Time-Out

My daughter emerges from her room at 9:30 p.m. It is now more than an hour past bedtime. Showers have been taken.  Teeth have been brushed.  I have reviewed my daughters’ Scripture memory verses for the week, prayed with them, read them the Bible passage for the night, kissed them on rosy cheeks and sent […]

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12 Bible Verses on Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

Isaiah 43:18-9 ESV “Remember not the former things,     nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 65:17 NIV See, I will create     new heavens and a new […]

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You can stop trying so hard

It started with a road trip. Our intention had been to make the 3-hour drive as a family, but a stomach virus incapacitated 3 of my 4 children, so it was just mom and daughter in a minivan for hours. We had plenty of time to talk about life, love, growing up and superior travel snacks (AKA […]

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Here’s the Good News

“Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” Psalm 45:7 Last year, I glued googly eyes to all of the food in our refrigerator, swapped my kids’ clothes around into different dressers, and stuffed toilet paper into their shoes. This year, I swapped out all of their […]

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10 Activities to teach kids about the true meaning of Easter

I’ve been on a bit of a Mom Quest these past few years.  We’ve never been an Easter bunny family who lines up for pictures at the mall or decorated the house with rabbits, chicks and eggs every spring. Our goal as parents is to keep the focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection.  That’s what […]

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Awaken to the holiness of God (so He doesn’t have to wake you up)

My daughter has one default answer to the question, “How are you?” Most people default to, “Fine,” “Good,” “Okay,” or even “Great!” I’ve heard people answer, “better than can be expected.” And even, “blessed” or “still alive.” Not her.  She has one response, “My tummy hurts.” You may catch her in the middle of jumping […]

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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for the Thirsty Soul

Nehemiah 9:15 ESV  You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you had sworn to give them. Psalm 23:1-2 ESV The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2     He […]

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12 Bible Verses on Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

Isaiah 43:18-9 ESV “Remember not the former things,     nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 65:17 NIV See, I will create     new heavens and a new […]

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15 Bible Verses on Serving Others

Proverbs 11:25 ESV Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,     and one who waters will himself be watered. Matthew 20:28 NIV  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 23:11 NLT  The greatest among you must be a […]

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15 Bible Verses on Kindness

Proverbs 3:3 NASB Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 11:17 ESV A man who is kind benefits himself,     but a cruel man hurts himself. Proverbs 21:21 ESV Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness     will find life, righteousness, and honor. […]

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20 Bible Verses When You Need to Know What to Do

Exodus 33:12-16 NASB Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray […]

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Mama Maggie | Book Review

Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt’s Garbage Slums by Martin Makary and Ellen Vaughn Mama Maggie has been ministering to a people group known as the “garbage people” in Cairo since 1997.  This biography, Mama Maggie, recounts how she grew up in an elite class […]

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A.D. The Bible Continues | Book Review

A.D.:The Bible Continues with notes and insights by Dr. David Jeremiah This companion book to the NBC Miniseries, A.D.:The Bible Continues, traces the origins of the early church, starting with the crucifixion of Christ and continuing through the resurrection, the persecution of Peter, the conversion of Saul, and the missionary journeys of Paul.  The bulk […]

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Book Review: Be The Message Devotional

Be the Message Devotional: A 30-day Adventure in Changing the World Around You by Kerry and Chris Shook Most devotionals follow a fairly standard, tried-and-true format and most focus on the intimacy of your one-on-one relationship with God.  Kerry and Chris Shook’s new 30-day devotional, Be the Message, helps readers make the transition from personal […]

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