There is nothing like the hurt we feel when our children get hurt. Is it any wonder we want to make the hurt go away as quickly as possible? Maybe that’s the reason for our “kiss it and make it better” instinct. This response is the time-honored cure for skinned knees...read more
I’m okay with difficult people if I can keep them at a distance. But God’s “Guide for Dealing with The Difficult” instructs otherwise.read more
I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? -Isaiah 43:19 On New Year’s Day, I turned over a new leaf—literally. I had been reading from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, a collection of short devotionals for each day of...read more
What is your greatest Thanksgiving challenge? For my family it is choosing where to eat—and not with which relatives, but which restaurants. The question came up one Thanksgiving when my kids were very young, my husband was on the road, and everyone else was engaged...read more
It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall. Proverbs 24:17 A well-played game is one that ends well. A well-ended game is determined by how its players handle winning or losing. Sulking is unsportsmanlike. So is...read more
“Christ's love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 (NCV) I once heard a parent assure an anxious mother-to-be, “We don’t just love our children—we...read more
I’m a wife, mother, writer, speaker . . . and a woman fully reclaimed by God. In other words, just an ordinary gal . . . living an extraordinary life.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you; Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”