Archives for October 2016

Mark Your Calendars for the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

Mark your calendars—Lisa T. Bergren’s biannual Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt starts soon, and I am thrilled to be one of the stops again! Here’s the scoop: WHO? More than 30 Christian fiction authors are a part of the this fall’s hunt, offering great prizes and books to pick up along the way to the grand prize! WHAT? The Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is a biannual online event that helps you discover Christian fiction authors from different publishing houses (including Indie); it {Read More}

10 Ways to Nourish Your Creative Soul + Printable & Giveaway {by Sarah Humphrey}

Mother’s make the world go round; they really do! In so many facets of daily life, moms are the outlet that God uses to show nurture, compassion, and presence to children, both young and old. Once a mother, always a mother! Though I am probably considered a young mom, I’ve been granted the opportunity to dive in deeply and in ways I didn’t plan for. My story of motherhood came with quite a long list of unreconciled grief and also {Read More}

My Journey to Adoption {Listen to my Interview on the Restory Show}

Recently I had the joy of chatting with Mary DeMuth on her Restory Show. We talked about my story: growing up needing love, finding it in boys, being a pregnant teen, then turning my life over to Jesus. The bulk of the episode we talk about my family’s journey of adoption. Click here to listen our chat, and keep reading to learn a little more about how my adoption story began! I first thought about adoption around 1999 when I was reading {Read More}

In Humility | Philippians 2:3-4

Saturday Scripture Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Prayer: Papa God, Thank you for Paul’s letter to the Philippians and the many words of encouragement and joy it contains. Like these verses remind me, I pray my motives are rooted in you and in humility. May I look to the needs of others {Read More}

3 Questions To Ask Your Daughter About Dating {by Daniel Anderson}

My daughter decided not to kiss dating goodbye – and I was OK with that. In 1997, Joshua Harris released I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Hundreds of thousands of Evangelicals read this book. It eventually sold more than a million copies and the language of “courtship” ensconced itself into 90’s/aught-era Christian speak. I was a youth pastor at the time and I, too, read Harris’ book. Like so many parents, Harris’ thinking fit nicely with my view of the world. Namely {Read More}

Teaching Kids To Pray For Their Friends

In the last week I’ve run into two of my adult daughter’s friends. As I gave each one a hug I remembered the numerous challenges they’ve had over the years. I also remembered the minor conflicts my daughter had with them, but mostly I remembered the prayers. My daughter Leslie often came to me with requests to pray for others, but she didn’t leave the praying up to me alone. Over the years my daughter learned to pray for her {Read More}

Serve | Mark 10:42-45

Saturday Scripture Mark 10:42-45 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But sit shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slaves of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to {Read More}

Moms, A Few Things to Remember {+ FREE printable}

1. You matter. Being a good mom is important, especially for the impact you have on your child. You are significant, not because of what you do, but because of who you are. 2. You are wonderful. When you see yourself as God sees you, you don’t have to worry about an identity crisis. You are his child. You have amazing strengths that are unique to you. 3. You can succeed. When you take time to explore your dreams and {Read More}

Bonding Through Books | The Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

I had the privilege of stopping by the Read-Aloud Revival  podcast to share about how reading aloud help me bond with my adoptive kids. Listen to the interview to find out how even though I grew up in a non-reading family, reading and writing has become a huge part of my family’s culture. Also, discover some of my favorite read-alouds and books that made me a reader and writer. Thanks for having me, Sarah! Click here to listen.   Looking for great read-alouds for your {Read More}

Boast in the Lord | 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Saturday Scripture 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human {Read More}

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