5 Ways to Show Your Children Grace by Gina Smith {Plus a Giveaway!}

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” One of the most important lessons God has taught me in my 25 years of parenting, is the importance of being a living, example of grace to my children. As God has taught me about His grace, He has impressed on me that I need to show that same grace to my children. After receiving much encouragement from my friend, Tricia Goyer, to “just begin writing,” I {Read More}

Being Transparent: 3 Ways To Invite Others Into Your Healing

Years ago, in 2005, I faced one of the hardest struggles of my life. I thought I was doing so well—as a writer, as a mom, and as a wife. One November, I pondered my family, and my work, and I thought things couldn’t get any better. I even prayed Psalm 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the {Read More}

Grace Upon Grace | John 1:16

Saturday Scripture   John 1:16   And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.   Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you for today and reminders of who you are. Even though I screw up and fall short, you cover me with grace upon grace. I am beyond grateful for your mercy and love. Help  me rest in that truth and let it transform me more and more into the person you made me to be. And from his fullness {Read More}

Fifty Shades of Brokenness | No Explanation Needed

50 Shades of Brokenness No Explanation Needed   1. There is a painful situation. You hurt me. 2. You have made me despairing and desperate. 3. You are making me weary and tired of said circumstance. 4. You are to blame and stand condemned. 5. You must not win, no matter the cost. 6. You exert more pressure, more control. It becomes a battle of the wills. 7. The pain only gets worse, the circumstance more out of control. 8. {Read More}

When Your Child Makes a Costly Mistake

When Your Child Makes a Costly Mistake   When it comes to parenting, what’s more important God or money? It may be easy to say “God” until our kids make a costly mistake . . . it’s then our true colors come out. It happened to us just a year or so ago. Our teenage daughter was right behind us in her car, driving home from church, when we received a phone call. She’d been cresting a hill just five {Read More}

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman (Plus a Giveaway)

3 Steps to Finding the Grace to Chase a Dream | Guest Post by Cara Putman Once there was a fourteen-year-old who quickly realized her favorite authors simply could not write books fast enough. Because she was young, she decided she could write books, too. Her mother smiled and allowed her to write as part of her English. Slowly two novels grew on an old computer, paragraph by paragraph, page by page. She loved creating ideas, research, writing. The process {Read More}

Stop Striving: Surrendering Brings Peace

Last week was a crazy week. I worked hard, striving to get things done. We got moved into our new house (yeah!), but my husband had to be out of town for work (boo!). I was excited about unpacking, and then I discovered Focus on the Family was coming to my house to tape videos for the Lead Your Family Like Jesus Curriculum. (Oh my!) It was time to strive even harder. In addition to caring for three kids under {Read More}

Living a Grace-Filled Life

Every Sunday we have a small group that meets at our house. I count these people among my closest friends, and they love me for me—not for anything I’ve accomplished in life or anything I strive to accomplish. They are my cheerleaders and my inner circle. They also tell me what I need to hear even when I don’t want to hear it! (Now those are good friends!) This is our second “small group” of friends. When we left Montana {Read More}

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