Archives for March 2016

God is Not Silent

His followers cannot see Him, but all they see around them is evidence of Him. His voice does not echo in their ears; instead it resonates in the hearts of those who pause to listen. Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him. Psalm 50:3 NLT For many years I tried to ignore God. I wanted to do my own thing. I’d grown up going to church {Read More}

4 Ways Your Healthy Friendships Bless Your Kids

I say the same thing every time my kids are about to meet one of my friends: “Oh, you’re just going to love her!” Because of my work as a writer, many of my friends are also writers, and they are scattered all over the US (and world!). We meet up with friends on road trips, and sometimes my friends visit and stay in our home. Having healthy relationships with my friends is important—not only for me, but for my {Read More}

It is Finished | John 19:28 – 20:10

Saturday Scripture John 19:16 – 20:10 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many {Read More}

How to Balance Growing Your Dreams While Tending Your Kids

Dreams Do you have dreams and talents that you’d like to see develop? Have you always wanted to write a book, or host radio show, or run your own business but you are waiting until “after”? After the kids start school. After the youngest graduates. After life slows down. Dreams fulfilled all start with seeds, and they only grow when planted. When I was 22-years-old, I decided I wanted to become a published author. The desire was there and the {Read More}

8 Scripture Verses to Bring Rest to Your Spirit

In the last five years John and I have adopted seven kids. Seven times the amount of laundry. Seven more kids who need attention. Seven times the mess. (But sometimes the mess seems like 70×7!) In my life there is little time for rest. “Rest” to me means a Sunday afternoon rest, a cup of coffee and my Bible in the morning, or listening to soothing music as I make dinner. Yet even in the midst of my busy life {Read More}

Hosanna! | John 12:13

Saturday Scripture John 12:13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Prayer Father God, You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Thank you for Palm Sunday and all it represents—for the triumphal entrance of the king! Help me never to be afraid to shout HOSANNA, no matter which situation I’m in. Thank you for the reminder {Read More}

Made with Love Excerpt | Could the Kind Amish Bachelor Be Falling in Love?

Love is in the air as a handsome Amish carpenter helps a young Amish woman fulfill her dream of owning a pie shop. But will his past and her family keep love from fully blooming? Enjoy this excerpt from Made with Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore! “I’m going to do my best to make sure you succeed.” Noah extended his hand to her—palm up, wanting her to place her hand in it. Lovina looked at his hand, and {Read More}

3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids by Jennifer Deibel {+ giveaway}

Have you ever stopped to think about why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Did you know that Patrick was a real man, who brought the gospel to Ireland? Or did you think Paddy’s Day was just an excuse to wear green, pinch people and talk like a leprechaun? It might surprise you to learn that although St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday – akin to the Fourth of July – the celebrations in Ireland are much more subdued than {Read More}

Pure Heart | Psalm 51:10-12

Saturday Scripture Psalm 51:10-12 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,     and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence     or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation     and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Prayer Papa God, Thank you for the Bible and the countless ways you speak to me through it. Lord, continually mold me into the person you’ve created me to be. I {Read More}

Meaningful Easter Basket Books For Your Kids

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating Jesus and His resurrected life. I appreciate how—symbolic of Jesus’ rebirth—the whole earth breaks forth in life, budding fresh and new from a frozen world stripped bare. Easter gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the life of Christ. I love making Easter baskets for my children each year. Yes, I do add in candy and small personalized gifts, but the focus of each gift {Read More}

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