A Son Like John the Baptist

John the Baptist

When I first learned I was pregnant with a little boy, I was flooded with daydreams about what my son would be like. I never would have admitted it to anyone, but my vivid imagination pictured a future where my son was a meticulous student, well-liked by his peers and teachers, and of course, the […]

What Are You Looking For?

Empty Tomb

My children’s Easter best lay in the laundry room, her twirly dress and his white shirt grass stained from their search for treat-filled eggs. There are buckets of candy taking over the kitchen as I wonder how long I must keep those treasures before discarding them for fear we’ll all gain 10 pounds before we […]

Welcoming Ashes and Watching Chains Break

Lent Reflection

I have never received a cross of ashes across my forehead.   This ceremony has not been a part of my faith tradition – not something I observed in my church as a child, or that I have participated in as an adult. Growing up, Ash Wednesday was simply the beginning of Lent, a season that I […]

5 Resources to Help You Study Scripture

Resources for Bible Study

One of my own personal goals for this year is to better learn how to study Scripture and make it a priority. I have to admit that after having heard the same parables, verses, and stories through the years I have lost my awe and zeal at times for God’s Living Word. I take for […]

Praying Through the Psalms

Praying through the Pslams

It’s that time of year. You know, the “I’m-going-to-lose-ten-pounds, get-up-everyday-at-5:00-AM, eat-only-kale, cut-back-my-time-on-the-Internet, run-a-marathon, and read-through-the-bible-twenty-seven times”  time of year… Yeah, that. Countless women and men all over the world are entering the new year with fresh goals and, in addition, have resolved to find ways of enveloping more Biblical reading within their minds and hearts. There are as many “methods” […]

Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin In Me

Let there Be Peace

I find myself fighting against anxiety on a daily basis these days. It’s as if there is a full blown war going on against the peace in my soul. At first I thought it was just the pressures of motherhood but it’s moved on to attack my marriage, relationships and the atmosphere in our home. […]

The One Thing We Can’t Miss Out On This Christmas

Joy

We pulled out the Christmas decorations ready to deck our halls. My 6 year old had been begging us for weeks to “please put up the Christmas tree.” The time had finally come Thanksgiving morning. We started upstairs and before we could unpack the first box, my husband hurt his back. He laid on the […]

Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional, Week 9: Self-Control

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Truth for Tiny Hearts Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotional Week 9: Self-Control For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 {ESV} Things have been a little loosey-goosey around here this summer. The lack of structure and desire for a bit of spontaneity have […]

What to do When Your Child Has a Favorite Parent

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Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Psalm 127:4 Does your child have a favorite parent? It seems like every mom I know has at least one kid who has a favorite parent. In my house, my son makes no effort to hide that daddy is his favorite. […]