Devotionals

psalm 62

Why I Am Blaming Gloves for Missing the Bus Twice in One Week

We missed the bus two days in a row this week. Yes, we did. I think we typically only miss the bus once or maybe twice in a whole school year.  If that. So, twice in a week like this? That’s crazy talk. I know what you’re thinking—-that mom is seriously failing at getting her […]

psalm 27-14

Learning to Linger

I’m tempted to rush. On a rare day when I have this time, the temptation is there to fill it right up with more activity, more going and more doing. Most days, I don’t have this luxury, of course.  It’s the mad morning scramble of toothbrushes, hair brushes, ribbons, bows, socks, shoes, lunches and backpacks […]

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25 Ways to Create Rest

Thanks to all who entered the Big Giveaway!  It was so fun hearing all about what you wanted to be when you grew up.  Some of you were far more creative than I ever was!  And what a testimony of how God redirected some of us, transformed some of us, and used our desires and […]

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If I sit down for 15 minutes, will there be a cosmic meltdown?

I made a Mom-speech in the minivan to my kids as we headed home long past bedtime the other night: These two weeks are going to be crazy busy.  You will be tired. And that means you’ll probably be grumpy.  When we get this tired, the ugly comes out.  So, for the next two weeks […]

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My favorite holiday tradition fits in a shoebox: Operation Christmas Child

The Operation Christmas Child videos typically turn me into a tearful mess, just watching children from around the world cheering and dancing because they receive one simple box for Christmas. Maybe inside they find a toothbrush and toothpaste….or a toy car….or some hair clips. That’s enough to make them grin. And it’s enough to make […]

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A birthday giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card

It’s the one-year birthday of my book, Ask Me Anything, Lord, and I’m throwing a party of sorts!  To say many thanks for your part in this journey, I’m hosting a giveaway!! The prizes: One first prize of a $25 gift card to Amazon.com Three prizes for ‘runners up:’ one autographed copy each of Ask […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Bookshelf

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Book Review: 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers As a mom, I’m always on the look out for ways to cover my kids in prayer, and I love the idea of this beautiful book 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers.  It’s lovely enough to be a gift with its lavender cover of imitation leather, and it’s small enough to […]

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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 […]

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