This may come as a shock but when I first got married I vowed never to have children. Not that I have anything against kids but I didn’t grow up amidst them and I was a career woman, focusing my skills and time on copy writing. Until…
You’re fat. Lose weight.
Well, I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. I stared at the letter in disbelief as the tears started the trek down my hot cheeks.
It had arrived in the mail from an anonymous friend who’d said she’d noticed I’d put on some weight and suggested I lose a few.[Read more…] about Lose Weight & Other Insecurities That Rob Us of God’s Promises
I was a fairly shy tenth grader and getting yelled at by another student in front of all our class. The teacher was running a few minutes late, and there was nobody to intervene for me.
Why was “Misty” so upset with me? I had left a note in her locker telling her I’d love to tell her about the Lord. I’d been praying for her regularly (we were pretty good friends) and felt like the Holy Spirit was calling me to be bolder in my approach, but being a generally insecure teen girl at the time, I didn’t want to have the conversation face-to-face.[Read more…] about How to Pray for Your Unsaved Friends
When my husband and I first got married, he was a part-time youth pastor at a small country church in rural Washington. When October rolled around, we got a call from a member of the congregation who said that it was Pastor Appreciation Month and he and his wife wanted to treat the two of us to a fancy dinner out.
We were newlywed at the time and dead broke, so we really felt spoiled by their generous offer. The next year when Pastor Appreciation Month rolled around again, I remembered how blessed we were by their gesture and wanted to do something kind for our senior pastor and his family.
The problem was I didn’t have a clue what to do.
When you’re bored with prayer
I find it hard to do the everyday prayers that are more or less the same.
I’ve made up prayer journals, but it’s a list and I find lists boring.
I could have written these words myself, but I didn’t. They came from a friend who had some questions about prayer. Mainly, how do you energize your prayer life when it just feels like something you’re supposed to mark off your to-do list?[Read more…] about 6 Things To Do When You’re Bored With Prayer
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Did you know someone wrote a manual on how to be an “excellent wife?” I. Am. Serious. It’s called The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, and she levels up “how to be a good wife.”
Before you stop reading, let me say, this isn’t really about the book. It’s about the lousy job I was doing as a wife. Before reading the book, I thought I was an excellent wife. Whether or not my husband agreed was of little importance.[Read more…] about The Good Wife I Thought I Was Before I Learned I Wasn’t
As we look around at the state of affairs of our great country, we see violence, protests, strife and unrest, but if we look past these outward actions, it is my desire that we can see that these things are only the symptoms of a hurting heart and inward strife—broken lives who have lost hope.
And it makes no difference in our skin color because a heart is a heart, and what comes forth from our hearts is either love or hate.[Read more…] about Hurting Hearts Need Jesus… We All Do
Years ago, I struggled with depression.
Not your normal, everyday kind, it was pretty severe, and it lasted for several months. I was physically sick, and I had pretty much stopped eating. I lost weight. I lost my joy. I lost hope.
Life wasn’t any fun. It felt like I was barely hanging on to a thread that stretched down from the universe. I believed God was at the other end, but I couldn’t feel Him. The several different kinds of antidepressants I had been taking, (when one lost its effectiveness, I was on to another) stopped working. I really lost hope.[Read more…] about How to Overcome Depression and Find Your Passion
Have you ever felt like everybody else is “getting prayer” except for you? I know I’ve struggled with that feeling so many times. I want to grow in my prayer life, but how do you even describe what that means?
Maturity in prayer is hard or maybe even impossible to quantify. Does it have to do with how many hours you spend praying a week? Is it a question of “quantity versus quality”? Do I have to have some sort of emotional reaction that leaves me overwhelmed and in tears or do I need more than a magic percent of my petitions granted if I want to call my quiet times “effective”?[Read more…] about Fighting Prayer Life Paralysis
Oh, the things I would have done differently in homeschooling.
It’s been twenty years since I began my homeschooling journey with my children. My eldest son, then three, was my first “guinea pig.” I say “guinea pig” because I didn’t know much about home education so even though I‘d purchased about a hundred cassettes (some of you young’uns might not know what these are—count your blessings) on the subject, and spent about a thousand bucks at CHEA (Christian Homeschool Educators’ Association) on materials, this was my first attempt at something like this.
Since I was new at homeschooling, and the idea that my child’s future depended so much on me, I felt the weight of this responsibility heavily upon my shoulders.[Read more…] about What 20 Years of Homeschooling Taught Me…