The Curse

When we last visited Eve, she had just prepared a meal of forbidden fruit for her husband.  She and Adam were hiding from God, ashamed of their sin.  It was the first sin, the curse that follows us all.  God responds to Eve’s prideful behavior with a consequence that will make pride a stumbling block for her and every Eve to follow. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule [Read more...]

Books for Christmas, Middle School Parents, and Busy Mamas

I love to read.  It makes my list of things to do when I have down time.  It also makes my list of things to make time for.  Here are a few books I finished, started, or I am still reading this week. The Max Lucado Christmas Collection The Max Lucado Christmas Collection by Max Lucado (of course!) contains three Christmas stories to warm your heart in the rush of the Christmas season.  The [Read more...]

In a Christmas State of Mind

  Wake up.  Wipe the fog from my eyes.  Shuffle quietly to the kitchen.  Press start on the Keurig.  Splash in some Peppermint Mocha.  Wrap the afghan around my shoulders to ward of the chill in the air.  Open my Bible. Lord, it’s busy and I don’t feel you all day long.  Please, come here now.  Sit with me a while.  Remind me of Your story.  The one we celebrate with [Read more...]

The Disciplines of a Disciple

I am a goal-oriented person.  I am a sucker for lists, check boxes, and sticker charts.  When my middle school Sunday school teacher created a point system for disciplines such as Bible reading and scripture memory, I was in.  SO in!  How could I lose?  I would make God happy and make my teacher proud.  Added bonus:  a little treasure box full of Jesus loot.  I fixed my sight on a little [Read more...]

She Still Believes in Santa

My sweet Sarah Kate still believes in Santa. She is only 8, so this statement may not surprise you.  Many, dare I say, most children believe in Santa.  But, Santa does not grace our chimney.  He does not bring beautifully wrapped packages to place under our Christmas tree.  He does not declare the familiar Ho-ho-holiday greeting from our rooftop. Yet, she believes. Gennady Spirin (Russian, [Read more...]

A Keep it Simple Christmas

Earlier this week I posted my thoughts on slowing down this Christmas.  I know that I am not the only one out there who wants to turn the volume down a little and savor the quiet this year. I thought I would share a few of my favorite reads from the past week that encouraged a simple Christmas. How We Christmas is a whimsical and real look at ways we can keep the focus on loving God and loving [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 2)

Every good painting has shadows.  Every good story has an antagonist.  Every good marriage has conflict.  Every good person has pride. Eve was created by God to be Adam’s ezer, his helper.  In her second scene, she is in the garden talking with the snake.  He is trying to convince her that what God has said is not exactly true. Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 1)

I will make a helper suitable for him.  Genesis 2:28 Since the beginning of the human race, women have been wives.  It is a role we look forward to from the time we can put our mama’s white slip over our head, hold a handful of yellow dandelions, and march toward our waiting (imaginary) groom.  I have vivid memories of playing wife on the back porch with a neighbor husband.  I swept, [Read more...]

Special Deal! Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

I wanted to sit and write this much earlier today, but I have been in survival mode.  Which only proves the point that this book is SO very needed in my life! I recently studied The Best Yes with some friends.  This blog is a result of following through with my Best Yes. However, the busy continues.  The Yes did not give me extra hours to learn how to blog and write; it just added more to my [Read more...]

Slow Down

The Christmas season is here!  My natural tendency is to begin the rush.  Pull out the ornaments.  Hang the stockings.  Turn on the oven.  Start the Cyber Monday searches.  These things are not Christmas.  We know that in our head; has that truth made it to our heart? I have been bombarded with one thought in the days leading up to this Advent season:  slow down. I heard it in my ear [Read more...]