It’s amazing just how quickly an entire month can fill up: shopping, secret Santas, parties, programs, baking, wrapping. . . All. The. Things. But doesn’t every month fill up just as quickly? In the spring, it’s the end-of-school chaos; summer is full of sports, vacations, barbecues, and projects; and then the back-to-school rush begins. It’s… Continue reading Two ways to shift your focus when you feel like there’s not enough time in the day.
“In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16, ESV You don’t belong here. You’re not good enough. What makes you think you can do this? You should give up before you embarrass yourself. Flaming darts flying straight toward… Continue reading How to protect your heart when you’re under attack from the thoughts in your own head
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:39, ESV Driving down the highway, I see field after field of dried up corn and brittle stalks of soybeans. I know if we pull over, and I walk into the… Continue reading Even when the field of life looks dry and worthless, God has plans for a harvest
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Matthew 8:2 Taking my kids shopping requires patience, organization, and the ability to say no in ten different languages. "Mom, we're out of fruit snacks, can we get some? And what about cereal?… Continue reading A lesson in prayer – what we can learn from the leper
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:26 From one season of chaos to the next, we move. From baseball practice to soccer, from fair projects to school,… Continue reading In need of a little help that only the Holy Spirit can provide
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7 Does God care about whether or not I get my kids to soccer practice on time? Does He care about my to-do list and what is left unchecked at the end of the day? Does it matter to Him… Continue reading A big God who cares about the little things.
My oldest has become more independent this summer. I’ve started leaving her at home with her younger siblings to babysit while I run errands. It has been a tremendous help. Whether I leave for a few minutes or an hour, we run through the instructions as I walk out the door. Keep your iPod with… Continue reading Serving the Lord in sincerity and faithfulness because He first loved us