Devotionals

verseslaborday

10 Bible Verses for Labor Day

Exodus 20:8-10 NIV  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor […]

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Why not riding a roller coaster is really being brave (no matter what anyone else says)

Bravery doesn’t run rampant in this house. Me and my girls 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 […]

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30 Bible Verses on Overcoming Fear and Worry

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again (ESV) Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for […]

prayerpresence

Am I Asking Jesus to Leave?

She said he was afraid. A small team from our church took VBS on the go this year, sharing the lessons, songs and games with kids in the community. One of the ladies shared with us this past Sunday what that mission to area children was like. She tells how on the last day, those […]

versesforchildren

7 Bible Verses About Praying for Your Children

Bible Verses on Praying for Children Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words […]

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Muffin Mission: Complete

Today, we have transformed our kitchen table into a muffin station: Blueberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, cinnamon streusel muffins, and triple chocolate chunk muffins. Our teachers and school staff head back to school this week in order to prepare for the start of a new school year, so we decided to bless them with a little […]

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5 Prayers for our Schools

It was one of those statements in a sermon that sticks with you forever. About nine years ago, one of our pastors said, “If when you pray for me all you ask is, ‘God, please bless my pastor,’ then don’t worry about praying for me.” Not pray for him?  Who, after all, would reject a […]

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Cancelling the Parenting Magazine

That means saying no to good things, at times, in order to do the "right thing God has for me."

It means saying no to being like everyone else, to trying to be perfect, to trying to do everything, to keeping up with every great idea on Pinterest, Facebook, and mommy blogs.

It means no longer being paralyzed by everything, so I can do the right things well.

psalm145

Epic Failures; Epic Grace

Mom Failures. I’ve had them, had some doozies actually. Anyone else? There was the year my oldest daughter had been pestering me all week with her chattery excitement about an upcoming birthday party for a friend.  The day of the party, I told her it was time to go and double-checked the invitation on the […]

verseswaiting

14 Bible Verses and a Prayer on Waiting

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in […]

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Scripture

verseslaborday

10 Bible Verses for Labor Day

Exodus 20:8-10 NIV  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor […]

versesfear

30 Bible Verses on Overcoming Fear and Worry

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again (ESV) Deuteronomy 31: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for […]

versesforchildren

7 Bible Verses About Praying for Your Children

Bible Verses on Praying for Children Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words […]

verseswaiting

14 Bible Verses and a Prayer on Waiting

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 27:13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in […]

psalm23

12 Bible Verses for a Spiritual Retreat

 Psalm 23:1-6 NASB The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no […]

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Bookshelf

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Book Review: The Good News About Marriage

The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn with Tally Whitehead After hearing for years and years how 50% of all marriages end in divorce, I couldn’t be more pleased to read the truth in Shaunti Feldhahn’s book, The Good News About Marriage.  She delves into what the […]

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Middle School: The Inside Story, Book Review

Middle School: The Inside Story: What Kids Tell Us, But Don’t Tell You by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna I just finished school supply shopping for my oldest daughter as she preps for fourth grade and it hit me all over again how quickly our little ones grow.  It won’t be long before she is […]

findinghopeafterdivorce

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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