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  • 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 ›

  • Do You Know How Much You Are Loved?

    Do you know how much you are loved? I think we all need reminders from time to time about how much God Himself loves us. We are precious to Him!

    Do you know how much you are loved? From time to time, all of us wonder if we are truly loved by anyone. Sometimes we need reminders how much God Himself loves us. If you’ve ever felt that way, if you feel that way now … I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. The strongest believers sometimes need encouragement that they are deeply loved by God. Even Daniel–who served before kings interpreting their dreams, who was tossed into the lion’s den and rescued by an angel–still needed reassurance of God’s love for him. Daniel served the kings of Babylon… Read More ›

  • Did You Remember to Pray for Yourself?

    When your prayer list is filled with the needs of others, do you take time to pray for yourself? Are there things you feel aren't worth bringing to God?

    Do you pray for yourself? I mean seriously–pray … for … yourself. Think about all the people you pray for and the intensity with which you pray for them. Do you pray for yourself in the same way? In my quiet time a couple of weeks ago, I read through Psalm 90 in the New Living Translation. It’s a familiar psalm, but when I got to the last verse, I stopped in my tracks. I grew up reading and studying the New American Standard Bible and the New International Version. I love both of them. But I’m growing to to… Read More ›

  • When Blessing Others Becomes Second Nature

    Even when old age steals our minds,blessing others becomes second nature when we've made it our way of life and heart.

    Last week I shared about the importance of blessing others with our spoken words. God continues to show me its significance, especially when blessing others becomes second nature. Once again, a story about my dear mother-in-law. Although dementia consumes her mind, she does have moments of clarity. Even in those moments, she has difficulty communicating. If you pay attention, though, you can understand what she wants you to know. A little over a week ago she fell and fractured her arm. A few days later she visited her orthopedist. And the conversation she had with her intake nurse is one I’ll not soon forget. As “J” asked… Read More ›