Breakthrough Insights from an Astonishing Answered Prayer

I learned some things about answered prayer from two Hondas and three friends. It started with a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I really wanted my minivan to make it to 300,000 miles. I babied her, took her to my mechanic faithfully, and beamed at the progressing odometer. It’s not so much because I was attached to her, I just don’t like a car payment. When the oil puddles started growing, I [Read more...]

Too Proud to Pray

I stood by my bed, the folded laundry for my family of five stacked high in front of me. Three laundry baskets of wrinkled clothes sat waiting by my feet. This was a particularly busy season in life; the housework had moved down on the priority list. My husband, in an act of chivalry, offered some advice. “If you need help, just ask and we can all pitch in.” Don’t you just love that kind of [Read more...]

Proverbs for Kids: First Things First

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 Our mornings run fast and furious. I have a little song I sing during the hour it takes us to get from bed to the bus stop. Get up, kids. Get up! Get up now or you will go to school in your pajamas! Pick your clothes [Read more...]

Come, Lord Jesus (but Wait)

My high-school-self was a little conflicted about the return of Christ. I remember staring up at the sky. The ground lay hard beneath me; the sky, soft and endless above me. I could almost imagine the puffs of white parting as Jesus broke through eternity to come get His Church. At first, this brought a sense of joy. Then, a little panic began to creep in; a dark cloud in my blue sky. I wanted to [Read more...]

A Prayer for Broken Passion

I have been thinking about passion the last few days. I meet so many passionate people as I make my way through the Old Testament. Hannah spilled her passion on the floor of the temple in the form of tears as she prays for a little one. David danced passionately down the streets of Jerusalem as he brought the Ark of the Covenant home. Naked, no less. Hosea had a passion for Gomer because God [Read more...]

5 Ways to Encourage the Father in Your Husband

Something happens in the birthing room for most women. The oxytocin and dopamine start flowing and suddenly we are mothers, inside and out. Fathers face a different initiation into their role. They may be smitten with their wee one, but the bonding process can take longer. Fast-forward a few years and you have a small child and a grown man looking at each other, trying to decide what to do. Some [Read more...]

Abigail: The Wife of a Fool

On his best day, a husband is a night in shining armor. He sweeps you off your feet with flowers, dinner, and sweet talk about how you complete him. You end the night cuddling by candle light, so glad you married such a dear. Then there are the not-so-good days. Like that time he gave you tips on loading the dishwasher–the one he loads twice a month while complaining. Or that time he played [Read more...]

Your Will Be Done

We are walking the way of the cross in the coming days. Resurrection is coming and we will sing and smile and lift a hand in triumph on Easter Sunday. There are painful stops along the way that, if ignored, cause us to miss the purpose of the cross. We can celebrate death’s defeat but miss the redemption. After the Last Supper, Jesus took His best friends, His disciples, to pray. They stop [Read more...]

Esther, the Praying Wife

Esther, the Praying Wife is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife As a young bride, it was a surprising thing to learn that I was not my husband’s Holy Spirit. I considered myself his burning bush, his Jeremiah, his high priest. Wrong on so many levels, I know. It has been a hard lesson to learn, but praying for him is the best way for me to see God move in his life. Esther is [Read more...]

That Time When I Fell In Love

There is great value in your love story. In the rush of life, it is easy to forget why you wanted to marry that man snoring sleeping beside you every night. Because it is the month of love and because I need this, I am remembering my love story today. On a hot Alabama July Sunday morning, with the sun broken by the stained glass, I made the decision to take my focus off the pursuit of [Read more...]