Devotionals

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12 Bible Verses and a Prayer for When You Need to be Refreshed

Psalm 19:7 NIV The law of the Lord is perfect,     refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,     making wise the simple. Psalm 23:1-3 NIV The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. […]

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Dear Daughter, Remember That Nightmare About Divorce?

Dear daughter, Remember that morning when I found you slipping quietly out of the bathroom into a corner of the house all alone? I stopped that mad rush of cereal pouring, hair brushing, and shoe finding to smooth down your wild morning hair and ask if you were okay. Those tears, the loud kind that […]

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14 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage with 1 Corinthians 13 (plus a Free Printable!)

When I was a girl earning my badges in the kids’ program in my home church, I had to memorize the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 in the King James Version. It’s stuck.  I can still rattle off bunches of it. But I hope it really stuck…you know?  Not the rote memorization, but the […]

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35 Bible Verses on Grace

Psalm 103:1-2 NIV Praise the Lord, my soul;     all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul,     and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins     and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit     and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires […]

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When I Fell in Love

I can’t say exactly when I fell in love with this man. He was on stage the first time I saw him, portraying Mr. Elton in a production of Jane Austen’s Emma(my favorite), and I was an audience member.   I laughed loud and long when he delivered the first line of the play while pretending […]

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Will You Still Love Me After Four Kids, a Minivan and a Mortgage?

I made the list when I was about 14-years-old or so. With cramped cursive letters, I wrote in my journal: Things I Want My Husband to Be Like Then I divided the list into “Non-negotiables” and “Negotiables.”  Or”Requirements” versus “Desires.”  Or some other dual-heading system like that. Because even then I was neurotic about list-making. I was […]

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12 Bible Verses to Pray for Your Husband

I’m celebrating my 15th wedding anniversary in a little over a week, so I decided to have some fun sharing and re-sharing some posts about marriage in January.  Several of these have been the most-visited posts I’ve ever put up on the blog, so our hearts seem to be in the same place, wanting to […]

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21 Bible Verses for when you need Strength

Nehemiah 8:10 NIV Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Psalm 22:19 NIV But you, Lord, do not be far from me.     You are […]

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What’s This Gonna Cost?

I tell my daughters about the email. Their teacher at church sent us information about an upcoming missions project.  They’ll be collecting money as a class for a ministry in our area, but she doesn’t want the parents to just give kids money to contribute. Sure, I could stuff a few dollars and some coins into […]

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Having Hope When You’ve Been Stepped On

My daughter was about two-and-a-half when she stepped on a butterfly. We do this every spring as we prepare for Easter, order a cup of caterpillars and follow their journey to new life.  We watch the change, marvel again at the miracle: how the tomb doesn’t always mean death; maybe it means resurrection. We remember that […]

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Scripture

versesrefresh

12 Bible Verses and a Prayer for When You Need to be Refreshed

Psalm 19:7 NIV The law of the Lord is perfect,     refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,     making wise the simple. Psalm 23:1-3 NIV The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. […]

versesgrace

35 Bible Verses on Grace

Psalm 103:1-2 NIV Praise the Lord, my soul;     all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul,     and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins     and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit     and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires […]

isaiah40

21 Bible Verses for when you need Strength

Nehemiah 8:10 NIV Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Psalm 22:19 NIV But you, Lord, do not be far from me.     You are […]

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21 Bible Verses and a Prayer for the New Year

Psalm 33:3 NIV Sing to him a new song;     play skillfully, and shout for joy. Psalm 40:3 NIV He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him. Psalm 65:11 NIV You crown the year with your […]

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My 15 Favorite Christmas Bible Verses and a Christmas Prayer

Every Christmas Eve, my dad read us the Christmas story, Luke chapters 1 and 2, from the big golden family Bible in the original King James.  I still hear his voice…I still hear the words. If you’d like to read the full Christmas story, you can find two famous passages in the Gospels:  Luke 1-2  […]

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Bookshelf

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Book Review: From Tablet to Table

From Tablet to Table: Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed by Leonard Sweet Leonard Sweet writes in his book, From Tablet to Table, that the Bible begins in Genesis with the command to “eat freely” and ends in Revelation with the command to “drink freely.”  It’s a Biblical sandwich of table-dialogue.  His book […]

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Book Review: Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems The world is a rushing, stressing, pushing, breathless place in this modern age and there have been a surge of books about taking it slow, simplifying life, learning to say ‘no,’ learning to breathe, honoring the Sabbath and more.  Kerri Weems adds her […]

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Book Review: In This House We Will Giggle

In This House We Will Giggle:Making Virtues, Love & Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life by Courtney DeFeo I’m a structured, scheduled, careful, attentive, purposeful mom, but not the most likely mom in the world to grab a pillowcase and initiate a sack race out in the grass with my kids.  That’s why […]

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