Bible study

The Weight of Worship

In 2004 I arrived. It was the year I accomplished everything on my wish list. After my high school graduation, I packed up my red Chevy Cavalier and headed to the city. I shook the small-town dust off my Birkenstocks and marched full speed toward my dreams. I pursued my degree with unequivocal focus. I landed my first professional job—one that required credentials after my signature. My true [Read more...]

5 Effective Organization Resources to Make Life Easier

January is a time for new beginnings. New calendars inspire fresh starts. Many of us made a list of goals or resolutions for the new year. Right about now, you may wonder to yourself, where did I put that list? Goals for health, home, and habits are buried under a pile of past routines. The work required to achieve change often results in discouragement, even abandonment. While 41% of Americans [Read more...]

5 Ways to Help Give God Your First 15 Minutes

The early days with a newborn are pure survival. Sleep when you can, as long as you can. At some point, the baby begins to sleep a little longer, a little later. It took almost four years for my first born to sleep through the night. Those years of minimal sleep were difficult, to say the least. I quickly learned the importance of priorities and planning. Showers required strategic timing. [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

I put on my first pair of corrective lenses in the seventh grade. While I can’t remember if headaches or blurry chalkboards prompted my parents to take me to the optometrist, I do remember being thrilled that my exam resulted in a pair of glasses. For the last twenty-five years, my glasses are the first thing I reach for each morning. Otherwise, everything is fuzzy. Crisp vision motivates [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Proverbs Come Alive for Your Kids

“Mama, will you read Proverbs to us?” my daughter sweetly asked as she climbed onto her top bunk. We are working our way through Proverbs, one chapter at a time. I was oh-so-tired, but how do you refuse a child’s request for wisdom? So, I read the next chapter which included this passage: Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense. A gadabout [Read more...]

She Reads Truth: The Story We All Share

Do you ever find yourself in the pages of a book or on the movie theater screen? The Little Mermaid captivated me in the junior high years. Emerging from childhood into adulthood isn’t a graceful transformation. Ariel knew exactly how I felt. I remember singing “Part of Your World” with such gusto and heart. Wandering free, wish I could be part of your world.  Ariel’s [Read more...]

Dear Mother, Do You Feel Like You Lost Yourself?

Dear Mother, Where did you go? And how do you find yourself again? Sometimes we lose ourselves somewhere between that first sighting of two pink lines and the car full of kids we now mother. The days of refereeing fights and scrubbing gum off the sofa seem to outnumber the days of harmonious zoo trips and picture-perfect picnics in the backyard. Our lists of responsibilities far outweigh the [Read more...]

Time-Tested Bible Stories for the Modern-Day Disciple

The first stories in the Bible were (likely) recorded in the second millenium. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that is a lot of years! Yet these ancient Bible stories hold great meaning for the modern-day disciple. The stories in God’s Word can instruct, inspire, heal, and encourage. For today’s #FridayFive, we will look at five issues modern-day disciples face and [Read more...]

Finding Comfort and Strength in the Names of God

When your last name is Smith, there is a lot of pressure to pick a good first name for your kid. Common names like John or Mary result in complete anonymity. John Smith? There are a blue million of them (no offense to any John Smith’s out there). With each of our three children, we struggled to find just the right name to go with their common surname. It was late into each pregnancy before [Read more...]

What is the Secret to Reading My Bible More?

So you decided to read the Bible more—now what? There are a lot of words between the covers of that holy book. Where do you start? The things in there can be so hard to understand. It can be downright intimidating. You may hear others talk about reading the Bible every day and wonder how in the world they pull it off. What is the secret to reading the Bible more? I am one of those daily [Read more...]