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Keeping Our Joy

And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. — Nehemiah 12:43 She waited until I had spoken to every woman in line. Before she spoke a word, I could see and sense her grief. With quivering lips and tear-filled eyes, she spoke words no mother wants to say: Please pray for my 15-year-old daughter....

Top 10 Book Gift Ideas for 2016

We love books! And we love getting books as gifts! Slippers are wonderful, a blender is so helpful, a puppy… well a puppy is a precious lot of delight and work, but books… books are like friends. Friends for a lifetime. As you’re preparing your Christmas lists, here are 10 titles your friends and family with love. Go forth and read! Made to Crave Devotional —Based on the New York Times bestseller, Made to Crave, this...

Dads, Be the Hero

We talk about our moms as the center of the family. And in certain critical ways, they always will be. But as fathers we have just as important a role to play in the lives of our boys and girls that goes beyond carrying the family’s mantle of leadership. We must get back to the father’s traditional roles of provision and protection. A picture comes to my mind – a big, old tree in the backyard, an oak that spreads its branches across the...

You Are Never Alone

Do you ever feel lonely? Recently, I was at an event full of people. Everyone else seemed gabby and was effortlessly making easy connections with others. I just felt out of sorts. Someone had said something to me earlier that day that hurt my feelings and knocked me off kilter. It was one of those “I would really like to be at home alone, in a bubble bath, eating something chocolate” kind of nights. But I had to go to this outing, so here I...

9 ways to make time for yourself this summer

Moms’ Summer Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Make Time for Yourselves This Summer

  Woke up, got dressed, read the Bible, did devotions, prayed, drank water, brewed tea, made breakfast for the kids, got in a load of laundry, cleaned up the kitchen from the night before, packed bags for swim team, filled water bottles… and that was all before the kids even got out of bed. I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing? Two days into summer break last year, I realized I needed to make a change. After all, summer shouldn’t...

Are You On an Emotional Roller Coaster?

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life… He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” — 1 Kings 19:3-5 It seems that Elijah was a man given to extremes. He experienced powerful times...

But Peter Followed Him at a Distance…

Those who had arrested Jesus took Him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. — Matthew 26:57-58 I’d been a follower of Christ for just over a year, having dedicated my life to Him at a youth retreat. It was an exciting time of growth but also a time of sorrow. I lost friends because I had no desire to engage in...

Hope Makes You Stronger

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. — Romans 12:12 Most of us have endured devastating trials in our lives. We have been devastated by financial loss, heartbreak, loss of loved ones, and other troubled times. Many of these stories are reported on television on a daily basis. And yet, time after time, the resilience of those who are facing adversity shines through. The main reason many of us do not buckle under the...

Fierce Convictions and Amazing Grace

In 1780, during the height of her high-society years in London, [Hannah] More read a book that changed her life. Cardiphonia, sometimes translated by publishers as The Utterance of the Heart or Voice of the Heart, was a collection of letters penned by John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” As was common, Newton’s book was published pseudonymously. More was curious to know whom the author of this marvelous and moving book was....

Proverbs 28:14

Hope for the Hard Heart

“For God so loved the world…” “I saw a woman today who finally became hard as wood all over.” French physician Guy Patin wrote these words in 1692, the first clinical description of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva or FOP. He unknowingly introduced the world to a cryptic disease that slowly, irreversibly turns its victims into a mass of solid bone. Healthy skeletal systems are hinged together with ligaments and tendons. The...

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