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  • In a Storm of Change, What Is Your Anchor?

    Are you living in a storm of change? Has change become the constant of your life? What do you hang onto? There is an anchor that never changes!

    I’m living in a storm of change. Changes with my parents. Changes with Tim’s parents. Changes with my kids. An increase in my volunteer time. A decrease in my time with God. (oops!) It seems that every time I turn around, things are no longer as they once were. Right now, it seems that change is the constant. With all this change, I need an anchor–something, Someone who does not change. My two 18-year-old “kids” are eagerly (and somewhat anxiously) looking toward their futures. This process of change is not always peaceful! One of them is in the middle of hurdling a series of obstacles…. Read More ›

  • Do You Bear the Family Resemblance?

    I smile when I catch a glimpse of a parent in their child. Do you? God created us to bear His family resemblance. Do others smile when they see Him in you?

    I love to see a family resemblance. Whether it’s in my own family or someone else’s, I always smile when I catch a glimpse of a parent in their child. Sometimes it’s much more than a slight resemblance. It doesn’t matter the age, sometimes the similarity is striking. A son may be the spittin’ image of his dad. A daughter looks just like her mom. People tell me all the time, “You look just like your mom!” I consider it a compliment! Scripture tells us that Adam had a moment like this. When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father… Read More ›

  • Fear Fighting–REVIEW

    Do you struggle with fear? Are you a fear dweller? You can be a Fear Fighter! Check out Kelly Balarie's new book FEAR FIGHTING! #fearfightingbook

    I’ve known Kelly “virtually” for a couple of years through her blog and periscope posts. But I met Kelly personally at a conference in Dallas last summer. She’s the real deal–the same in person as she is online. Beautiful smile, filled with energy and a deep love for God.  I was tickled when she invited me to be a part of her launch team. In her new book, FEAR FIGHTING, Kelly shares, with gut-level honesty, stories about herself and others and how they overcome fear. Notice I didn’t say overcame. Kelly doesn’t claim to have fear licked, but she has learned a ton… Read More ›

  • Help When You Need It

    Are you facing a task that seems beyond your ability? Do you need more help than you can muster? God stands ready to give you all the help you need!

    A few weeks ago God gave me an assignment. Not one that I didn’t have experience for. But one that required the best of me–or, better than my current best. Even better said, I needed help and all God could give for me to complete it well. The assignment? Enter a writing contest. The prize? A scholarship to a premier writers conference. Writing the article was not horribly scary, but the thought of winning terrified me. Because that would require even more of me–my abilities, my time, my courage–than I possess. At first I wondered if participating in this writing contest was… Read More ›

  • Fear Fighting: By Knowing Who IS

    Do you fight fear? You can live in peace instead. Join others who are fear fighting. Breaking free & boldly moving forward in God's peace, purpose, and joy.

    I’m blessed to be among a group of women who are promoting Kelly’s new book, Fear Fighting: Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears. As part of that, I’m doubly blessed to have Kelly share her heart with you today. Enjoy!! ~~~~~~~~~ My son and I drove over a bridge we’d driven over a hundred and one times. It happened to be dark. Very dark. Son, let me ask you a question, “How do you know that water is still there?” He said, “Well Mommy, I know it is there because it’s just how it is. Water goes there.” I… Read More ›

  • 3 Steps for Giving the Gift of Peace

    Looking for the perfect gift for your family? Sometimes the best gifts can't be bought. You can bless your family with the beautiful gift of peace.

    I thought I was finished blogging for the year with the Christmas post I published a couple of weeks ago. But then, some life happened, and God moved in my heart. This, I must share with you. Did you know that one of the best gifts we can give this Christmas is the gift of peace to those we love? When my children were very young, one of the first things we taught them was to grant forgiveness when they were offended. A typical situation went like this: Sibling #1 broke sibling #2’s toy. We had them face each other and began… Read More ›

  • How To Keep Focused On Christ This Christmas

    Christmas can be a magical time for families, but if we're not careful in our busyness, we might find ourselves not focused on Christ.

    Several years ago our family took a Christmas trip to New York City … Wow. New York is an incredible place to visit. But during Christmas—it is magical. We immersed ourselves in the city. We rode the subway, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and ate from food trucks. Our kids ice-skated in Bryant Park on Christmas Eve. We visited Ground Zero on Christmas Day. During the most wonderful time of the year, our eyes were on a million wonderful things—but we missed THE most wonderful thing. It wasn’t intentional, but in the midst of the magic, we missed Jesus.   Today is a redux… Read More ›