Devotionals

psalm 73

When I Grow Up, I Want to Eat My Own Dinner

I’m not sure that I’ve eaten more than a handful of my own meals actually on my own in over ten years. I know maybe it’s not the absolute truth. But it feels like the truth some days. It’s as if whatever food I’m eating is a free-for-all for my children. Sometimes I grab breakfast out […]

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15 Bible Verses on Serving Others

Proverbs 11:25 ESV Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,     and one who waters will himself be watered. Matthew 20:28 NIV  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 23:11 NLT  The greatest among you must be a […]

psalm 32

Saying sorry while blaming the other person isn’t really apologizing

There’s an art to apologizing. We’re still learning that art here at my house. There’s this one key ingredient I’m looking for: Honesty.  Genuine repentance.  True sorrow. I tell my kids, “You have to mean it.” The battles start young and they surely are battles.  It seems so simple.  I tell the raging toddler, “Say […]

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Lessons from the 5-year-old on prayer

I put my hand on the back of my five-year-old to usher her into the minivan. She does not move. My lecture about wasting time and ‘please can you hurry because we don’t want to be late!’ catches in my throat when I glance at her. Her head is bowed, her eyes squeezed shut.  Her […]

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15 Bible Verses on Kindness

Proverbs 3:3 NASB Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 11:17 ESV A man who is kind benefits himself,     but a cruel man hurts himself. Proverbs 21:21 ESV Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness     will find life, righteousness, and honor. […]

psalm 30

Dancing in Worn-Out Shoes

She tells me they fit.  “Ballet shoes need to be that tight,” she says. I’m looking at the worn-out gray of the leather where she’s danced and danced on that shoe, and I’m thinking it’s been two years probably since I bought them for her. Maybe she’s the dance expert, but this momma knows too […]

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Does Prayer Have to Be Complicated?

I don’t remember the first time I talked to God, but I remember the moment I decided prayer was personal. It’s funny how you don’t recall most of life when you’re three or four years old, but you can have these few vivid memories that play back like a well-worn movie. I don’t remember how […]

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20 Bible Verses When You Need to Know What to Do

Exodus 33:12-16 NASB Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray […]

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4 Ways to Pray for the Persecuted Church (and why you should be praying)

It’s not so unusual to feel like crying a little while waiting at the car repair shop. I had my own reasons that day, like the $900+ bill we paid before picking up the keys to our minivan. Ouch. But this was different. We waited and waited.  I walked my son around the room, pointing […]

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Dear Son, Let Me Explain How Shape Sorters Work

Dear Son, Let me explain how shape sorters work. The circle shape only fits in the circle hole. You can’t cram it or squeeze it into the square.  You can’t bang repeatedly, slamming that circle down until it finally fits into the triangle. The circle block really and truly does only fit through the circle […]

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15 Bible Verses on Serving Others

Proverbs 11:25 ESV Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,     and one who waters will himself be watered. Matthew 20:28 NIV  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 23:11 NLT  The greatest among you must be a […]

verseskindness

15 Bible Verses on Kindness

Proverbs 3:3 NASB Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 11:17 ESV A man who is kind benefits himself,     but a cruel man hurts himself. Proverbs 21:21 ESV Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness     will find life, righteousness, and honor. […]

versesguidance

20 Bible Verses When You Need to Know What to Do

Exodus 33:12-16 NASB Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray […]

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45 Bible Verses on Joy

  1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV Splendor and majesty are before him;     strength and joy are in his place. Nehemiah 8:10 ESV Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do […]

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35 Bible Verses on Perseverance

Psalm 138:8 ESV The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;     your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.     Do not forsake the work of your hands. Matthew 24:13 NIV but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13 NIV Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who […]

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Motivate Your Child | Book Review

Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN In their book, Motivate Your Child, Turansky and Miller know just how to get the attention of any parent.  They give scenarios we can all relate to, […]

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Book Review: Divine Applause

Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God by Jeff Anderson In his new book, Divine Applause, Jeff Anderson asks, “How can we have a relationship with a God we can’t see?” It’s a fair question.  We know God sees us. We know He loves everyone.  But it can sometimes feel impersonal, […]

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Book Review: Moms Raising Sons to be Men

Moms Raising Sons to be Men by Rhonda Stoppe I had settled into my life as a mom to three daughters when I had my son, so I’m always eager to read books about how to parent my little guy.  Rhonda Stoppe’s book, Moms Raising Sons to be Men, combines Biblical wisdom with practical tips […]

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