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I love to read. For as long as I can remember, I read pretty much everything. I have memories of sitting at the breakfast table reading the cereal box because it was the only thing near me with words on it. I loved (still love) Dr. Seuss and Ferdinand the Bull. Then I discovered the Brothers Grimm, then Nancy Drew, and shortly thereafter Sherlock Holmes. I was hooked.
That hasn’t changed much these days. The difference is that I write purposely for a specific segment of our world–which necessarily means others are excluded.read more
This was my most popular post from the 2016 holiday season, and it’s a good reminder for this Christmas. Author Sherry Gareis asks a couple of great questions and makes a few helpful suggestions to make this your most memorable Christmas ever.
Where in the CHRISTMAS is Jesus? Valid question, right? I mean CHRIST should be in Christmas, shouldn’t He?
How do we usually show Jesus? Angels on our tree, religious Christmas cards. Is that enough? Could we be missing blessings?read more
Thanksgiving is over, the last vestiges surviving in the leftover turkey in some of your refrigerators. Now, everyone turns their sights on Christmas.
What fills you at the mention of December?
Some of you aren’t much different than your children as you wait for the traditions that bring you delight. Others of you cringe at the thought of the extra work added to your plate so that those around you can enjoy the season. And some of you mourn what could, or maybe should, have been.
Whether the Christmas season brings forth happy thoughts, apprehension, or bittersweet moments, we can all make some practical changes to make this the best Christmas ever.read more
You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but it’s two days until Thanksgiving.
Many around me have spent the month of November striving to be more thankful. Perhaps you’ve seen the posts on social media, listing a new tidbit of thankfulness each day this month. That seems to be in the spirit of the original intent of the holiday.
After all, what is Thanksgiving if it isn’t designed to turn our hearts toward . . . prayer.
Oh, not what you were expecting?read more
For the last several years, I’ve wanted to get better about using God’s Word in my life. It’s more than just wanting to know Bible verses. It goes deeper than being able to apply Scripture to life’s trials and temptations. I deeply want to take Scripture and use it — to fight life’s battles, to stand firm in chaos, to deflect and defeat the enemy’s schemes, to encourage and embolden friends and family members. I want to see it’s real, practical, powerful effects and confidently know that Heaven went to work for my benefit. I crave the ability to expertly handle Scripture the way Yoda wields a light saber or Thor throws his hammer.
With all of this in my heart, I looked forward to reading Lisa Bevere’s book Girls with Swords.read more
On June 4th, 1926, the United States Congress issued a concurrent resolution.
Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
World War I was over, beginning with an armistice in 1918 on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
And then we went to war again.read more
What does it mean to be Christian? If you got down to what it really means, cleared the slate and focused on your most essential doctrines, what are the important tenants of your faith? And who has the authority to decide such things for the church?
These days, most of us don’t think about those kinds of questions much. We might ponder aspects of it or debate the finer points, but by and large, the master principles were settled hundreds of years ago — precipitated by Martin Luther 500 years ago today.read more
“Many years ago, five missionaries ventured out to share the Good News of Jesus with a vicious tribe of people. Their plane was to fly into a remote area where tribesmen had not heard of the love of Jesus and to build relationships with the tribesmen. Yet when their plane landed on the remote river setting, things went terribly wrong.”
Perhaps this story is familiar to you. The words, penned by Tricia Goyer in her book Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom, speak of Operation Auca in 1956. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian wanted to tell the Huaorani people of Ecuador about Jesus. Yet they were slaughtered by tribesmen before the missionaries got the first words of love out.
How can something like this be part of God’s best plan?read more
I did something very brave. In the week prior to writing this, an opportunity arose with two of my kids that I decided to take advantage of. I asked them, “As your mother, what have I done right? What are you glad I did as you were growing up?”
Parenting is one of the issues Kathy and I tackle in The Warrior’s Bride, and it’s one of the topics young moms ask me about today. As I look over my twenty-plus years of parenting, these are my best tips for each stage of your child’s life.read more