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  • Finishing What God Gives Us To Do

    Finishing. Sometimes we put it off. Sometimes it's the last thing we want to do. But finishing is what God calls us to. And He wants us to do it well.

    Yesterday I ran. I ran what used to be my daily 3.1-mile loop. I used to think that wasn’t a big deal. But yesterday was different. I hadn’t run that distance in several years. I didn’t grow up being physically active. I hated the heat. Hated sweat. Hated being outside. How in the world did I survive Texas summers? Truthfully, I stayed inside. After three kids, my body showed it. Until God worked a miracle in my heart. I went from sedentary to active over the course of a year, and began to love the things I once hated. Only God… Read More ›

  • At Home in God’s House

    Come in! Make yourself at home! This welcome is how God wants us to feel in His house. And more, He wants us to know the safety and security of home.

    How often do you welcome guests with the following words: Come in! Make yourself at home! When we say those words, what we mean is … My home is your home. I want you to feel as comfortable here as you do in your own home. Take off your shoes, if you want. Put your feet on my couch! Help yourself to my refrigerator and my pantry! How many of us, when we’ve heard those words, actually live in them? When my high school friend Dee came over, she opened our refrigerator and said, “What have you got to eat… Read More ›

  • When I Sin On Purpose

    Do you ever sin on purpose? I don't like admitting it, but I do. It breaks God's heart. Thankfully, when I turn to Him, He forgives and washes it all away.

    This summer God wooed me to a study of some of the most treasured promises found in Scripture. This one was especially meaningful for me. It came when I needed to know and understand God’s forgiveness. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) After mulling this over for a bit, I read the entire chapter to establish the context. Isaiah used vivid word pictures to describe Israel’s condition as a result of her… Read More ›

  • This Is What We Raise Them For

    High school graduation. A time of celebration & reflection. I find myself tearing up a lot. But my friend reminded me, this is what we raise them for!

    This week was filled with the last of the lasts for my twin high school seniors. They officially “checked out” of our school district. Soon, they will have their high school diplomas in hand. While I was waiting in the car for my son to finish his paperwork, a friend of mine walked over to see how I was doing. I told her I had been crying, and she said with great enthusiasm, “Don’t do that! It’s going to be ok!” I responded with it being the last of the lasts. And then she said, “This is what we raise them… Read More ›

  • Treasure Your Teens by Entering Their World

    Does your relationship with your teen look like you hoped it would? Mine doesn't. I'm learning that entering their world opens doors to deeper relationship.

    When I was a teenager, my mom was my best friend. God blessed me with three Christian girl-friends from church, and we were all very close. They were a year behind me in school and attended the cross-town rival. I loved my high school experience and enjoyed many friendships—but because of my stand for Christ, I was often alone. So my sweet mom was my go-to source for comfort. She knew about every crush, every disappointment. On days that were especially difficult, I would crawl onto her bed and visit with her. If it was the afternoon and she was… Read More ›

  • The Only Thing That Is Mine

    One of the first words children learn is "mine." But is anything really "mine"? I am entrusted with much, but only one thing is truly--mine.

    One of the first words little children learn is the word mine. It’s not just the word either. They learn all the emotion that goes behind it. Mine! But as believers we are taught that we don’t own anything. The psalmist tells us  that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and every other animal, as well. God owns everything (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10-12)! The things that we think belong to us, really don’t. They are on-loan. Everything in our “possession” is entrusted to us–including our children. We are stewards who want to be found faithful at the end of the… Read More ›

  • Chasing Famous–REVIEW

    What were you born to do? Chasing Famous, by Lisa Lloyd, shows you how to joyfully step into the role God designed just for you.

    It’s always a privilege to read and review a book for a fellow writer. Before reading Chasing Famous, I did not know Lisa Lloyd. So I did a little googling to find out what I could about her and her ministry. I was intrigued when I found the trailer for her book on YouTube. Then I learned that she is an actor and (obviously) an engaging speaker. I couldn’t wait to sit down with my copy of her book and see what it was all about. Within a few pages, God spoke to my heart. I knew this book, wasn’t just “one more… Read More ›