Devotionals

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Would You Give Up Your Favorite Seat in Church?

One of our cats ran away for a 30-hour trek into the woods. Our other cat stayed home. In sympathy, my daughters talked about our large black cat missing his smaller orange “brother.”  He meowed and we thought it was a meow of sadness.  My three-year-old showed him extra affection out of concern for his […]

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The One Thing I Forget To Pray About That Really Needs Prayer

Our prodigal finally tiptoed through our backdoor at 2 a.m. last night. We’ve had our orange cat for about 12 years now.  I picked him out of a litter of tiny strays at the Humane Society when we lived in New Jersey.  He was strikingly beautiful with swirls of white in his fur. And he […]

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12 Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Psalm 27:3 ESV Though an army encamp against me,     my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me,     yet I will be confident. Psalm 34:18 ESV The Lord is near to the brokenhearted     and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 46:9 ESV He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;     he breaks the […]

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When Christians Eat Their Own

We didn’t know the guinea pig was a girl, much less a pregnant female, when we carried her home from the pet store. The pet store left out all that info. I remember my mom instructing us kids not to look into our new guinea pig’s cage one morning because our new pet had given birth […]

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That Time When She Ripped Me To Pieces on Facebook

She ripped me to pieces on Facebook. This person I didn’t know called me a “so-called Christian” who demonstrated absolutely “no love” in my answer to her question. I read over what I had written that pushed her buttons.  It seemed pretty straightforward.  Something like, “If you click on this post here, you’ll find everything […]

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20 Bible Verses and a Prayer about Gentleness

Deuteronomy 32:2 ESV May my teaching drop as the rain,     my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass,     and like showers upon the herb. Psalm 18:35 ESV You have given me the shield of your salvation,     and your right hand supported me,     and your gentleness made me great. Proverbs 15:1 […]

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Facts About Mom

It seems to be a Mother’s Day staple for elementary school children. All three of my daughters have brought these projects home over the years with “Facts About Mom” (from the child’s perspective.) I know other moms who have received these treasures and mostly we laugh together over the outrageous things kids say about us. […]

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Look What God Has Done—Again!! A Big Announcement and a Prayer Request

So many of you have sweetly asked me at church or at Wal-Mart, here on the blog or on Facebook, “When’s you’re next book coming out?” And I smiled. And probably shrugged and said something like, “That’s up to God!” Well, God did it.  Again. I’ve tucked the secret away for the last few weeks, […]

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Band-Aids Fix Everything

I fought the good fight. I lost. It must be some guaranteed stage of child development:  The Band-Aid stage. It’s that season when kids believe in the magic of the Band-Aid to insta-heal all bumps, bruises, minor aches, pains, and scratches. I have endured tantrums. I have given speeches: You don’t need a Band-Aid for any casualty […]

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Look at Me (The Teacher’s Mantra)

Look at me. Look, look, look at me. You’re not looking at me. You need to look at me. Look. At. Me. Please. That’s what she’s going to say this morning to the adorable and restless group of four-year-olds who are practicing their songs for their spring program. She’s a teacher who knows these little […]

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Scripture

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12 Bible Verses for Memorial Day

Psalm 27:3 ESV Though an army encamp against me,     my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me,     yet I will be confident. Psalm 34:18 ESV The Lord is near to the brokenhearted     and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 46:9 ESV He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;     he breaks the […]

versesgentleness

20 Bible Verses and a Prayer about Gentleness

Deuteronomy 32:2 ESV May my teaching drop as the rain,     my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass,     and like showers upon the herb. Psalm 18:35 ESV You have given me the shield of your salvation,     and your right hand supported me,     and your gentleness made me great. Proverbs 15:1 […]

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20 Bible Verses About Friendship

Proverbs 12:26 ESV One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,     but the way of the wicked leads them astray Proverbs 13:20 ESV Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,     but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 16:28 ESV A dishonest man spreads strife,     and a whisperer separates close friends. Proverbs […]

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60 Verses to Remind You that God is Your Refuge

Exodus 33:22 ESV  and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV The eternal God is your refuge,     and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, […]

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21 Bible Verses About the Sheep and the Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-3 ESV The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness     for his name’s sake. Psalm 78:52 ESV Then he led out his people like sheep     and guided them […]

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Bookshelf

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If I Plug My Ears | Book Review

Jessie Clemence brings her witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and totally frank voice to the topic of obeying God in her new book, If I Plug My Ears, God Can’t Tell Me To Do.  She shares personally from her own family’s adventures in obedience and especially about her own journey into writing.  Each chapter is also followed by […]

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What Keeps You Up at Night | Book Review

What Keeps You Up At Night by Pete Wilson Learning to trust God–His ways and His timing.  Sounds easy.  We all know it’s not.  Pete Wilson’s new book, What Keeps You At Night, is about overcoming paralyzing fear, doubts, and insecurities and moving forward, just taking that next step of obedience and trusting God with […]

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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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