Archives for September 2016

Teaching Your Children How to Pray + Printable & Giveaway {by Melissa Spoelstra}

“Lord, I just thank you for this wonderful day today, and I pray we’d have a wonderful day tomorrow. Amen.” This typical bedtime prayer was repeated often when I tucked my children into bed at night. After several nights in a row, I asked them if they had anything else they wanted to talk to God about. If I made suggestions, they were very open to adding them, but rarely initiated deeper conversation with their Maker. I contemplated that perhaps {Read More}

Multiple Choice Interview | Amish Reader

I recently had the pleasure of visiting AmishReader.com to answer a fun multiple-choice interview and to celebrate the release of Sewn with Joy. Read the interview below and make sure to enter their giveaway of a Whirley-Pop popcorn popper gift set, a $25 Amazon.com gift card, and two copies of Sewn with Joy! To get your name in the drawing, fill out the form HERE!) Interview with Tricia Goyer: Multiple Choice 1. The tastiest topping for popcorn is… Butter Caramel Nothing—it’s good all by itself! Something spicy {Read More}

Lavished | 1 John 3:1

Saturday Scripture 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Prayer: Papa God, You are the perfect Father, and your love for your children never ends. How blessed I am to be your adopted child! Thank you for sending your beloved and precious Son for me {Read More}

An Ode to Fall, a Poem

Happy first day of fall! Here’s a beautiful poem about autumn from my friend Charlotte Adelsperger. I hope you enjoy it! Prayerfully I Walk Time alone in an autumn wood, I stroll on a mosaic carpet of moist multicolored leaves– rust brown, yellow, crimson. I ponder the deep red patches, scattered every step of my way. Silently they speak of our Savior’s redemptive, sacrificial blood— blessing each pace on the path of life. Charlotte Adelsperger ©1994 Prayerfully I Walk / {Read More}

Put Your Work Aside and Enjoy God’s Presence

The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. 1 Kings 8:11 (NLT) Has there ever been a time in your life when you were so amazed at God’s presence that you simply had to pause? Pause to take Him in, pause to rejoice, pause to reflect on how amazing God truly is? I remember a time when I was folding a load of laundry, and I almost sank {Read More}

Radiance | Hebrews 1:3-4

Saturday Scripture Hebrews 1:3-4 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for your son and the incredible gift of life and light he {Read More}

The Rest is His Story

Listen to my interview on Heroes for Her podcast and read a blurb about the interview below! Seven daughters. Yeah, you heard that right. I felt my heart drop when Tricia Goyer reminded me that she has seven, not six, daughters. Six are adopted, and she has one biological daughter. My heart hit the floor as I imagined myself trying to juggle all of that. Raised by a teen mother before her mom married her stepdad, Tricia never really knew the {Read More}

When You’re a Child of Divorce

  I remember the first time I heard that a friend’s parents were divorcing. I must have been 7 at the time, and I didn’t understand. Was that possible? People were allowed to do that? It didn’t seem right. More than that, it seemed wrong. Growing up, I didn’t know my biological dad, and my mom married my stepdad when I was 4 so I remember little before him. They had a fine marriage, but there were always issues. Even {Read More}

Power, Love, & Self-Control | 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Saturday Scripture 2 Timothy 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Prayer: Papa God, Thank you for Paul’s letter to Timothy and the many encouragements scattered throughout. You are the giver of strength, courage, power, love, and self-control. These traits don’t come naturally, so I {Read More}

Go from Good to Great

“For the Law never made anything perfect—but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.” Hebrews 7:19 (AMP) My friend Kayleigh is 15 years younger than me, but 15 times more serious in the kitchen. While I am an adequate cook, Kayleigh pours through recipe books to discover the next great recipe. When our church had a dessert contest for a lady’s event, Kayleigh spent all day making chocolate ganache tarts and she won {Read More}

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