Devotionals

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Dear daughter, what happened to the 90 pencils I already sent to school?

Seventy-two pencils. That is how many pencils we carried into her classroom the last week of August. We placed 72 yellow, No. 2 pencils into the communal pencil bin in the classroom where all the pencils go to be happily shared among the entire fourth grade classroom. That’s how it really works.  You don’t buy […]

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 […]

psalm 30

The Craziest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to Me In Target

I’d been married a week. A week. We visited my great-grandmother and she asked me, “So, when are you going to give your mom some grandbabies?” A week. I thought the question was mildly shocking, moderately annoying and mostly downright crazy talk. But, you know, what can you do?  So, I giggled awkwardly or something […]

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The Great Human Struggle Right There in the Middle of the Kitchen

He freezes in the kitchen with one hand hanging mid-air. He was headed into “The Forbidden Territory”—AKA the laundry room—just as fast as he could crawl when he heard me say, “No.” And this tiny baby boy engaged in the great human struggle right there in the middle of my kitchen floor. Do I do […]

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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 […]

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When the One Thing You Really Needed to Get Done….Doesn’t Get Done

I had one thing written on my agenda for that day. One.  Thing. Every other day was packed with wall-to-wall to-do list items. But not that day.  I had just one thing I needed to do and  I needed to be efficient and productive so that I could spend all the other days doing all […]

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Sometimes Love is a Missed School Bus and a Cup of Tea

I woke her up at 8:05 a.m. She had a rough night.  We all did.  With four kids sick with the Great Cold of 2014, I had spent most of my night slathering on Vicks, refilling water bottles, rocking a baby and fetching more tissues. This daughter shone her flashlight on my face at 5 […]

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It’s 3:00 AM, Give or Take An Hour

It’s 3:00 a.m., give or take an hour.  I didn’t look at the clock when I heard my baby’s cry in the night. When I slip into the room, I hear him sniffling through his stuffy nose.  He’s been up several times already tonight.  After this, he’ll probably continue to wake every hour or so […]

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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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Would You Like Some Peas With Your Worcestershire Sauce (And Other Quirky Eating Habits)

Peas were my dad’s favorite vegetable.  This is funny to me because when he ate them, he drowned them in Worcestershire sauce. So, I wonder. Did he really like peas? Or did he like Worcestershire sauce? We have our own familial mealtime quirks. I eat a little of everything, some of this and some of […]

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Scripture

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 […]

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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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 […]

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Bookshelf

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Book Review, Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages by Darlene Schacht In her book on marriage, Messy Beautiful Love, Darlene Schacht shares a testimony of grace.  She’s not a marriage counselor or the perfect wife who has always gotten it all right.  She starts the book off right away with a reminder that she’s […]

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Book Review: Dancing on the Head of a Pen

Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of the Writing Life by Robert Benson I’m a little embarrassed to confess this, but Robert Benson’s book, Dancing on the Head of a Pen, is perhaps the first time as an author I’ve braved reading a book on writing.  Maybe I was mistaken, thinking surely […]

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Book Review: The Stress Cure

The Stress Cure: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace by Linda Evans Shepherd I’m no stranger to stress, so I picked up Linda Evans Shepherd’s book, The Stress Cure, with high hopes.  What’s the solution she gives for conquering stress?  Less on the schedule?  Eating right?  Exercise?  Better sleep?  She says the solution is prayer […]

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