Astonishing. After two weeks of sleeping in and moving slow, my family rose before dawn without effort. With little more than a gentle “Good morning—time to get up,” everyone was off and running. Before I knew it I was waving goodbye, closing the door . . . and...read more
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words...read more
Conform, conform, I really must conform. To think that I should be myself would cause me alarm. Conform, conform, I simply must conform. I’d die of fright at the plight of living on my own. Which is more important? Security—or identity? The catchy tune from summer...read more
Have you ever gotten a taste of something that just made your whole spirit pucker? I think Mary Poppins was on to something with her “spoonful of sugar” philosophy. Some moments in life could really use a little sweetening. The other day I came across an online...read more
Most of all, love each other steadily and unselfishly, because love makes up for many faults. I Peter 4:8 (The Voice) Living with teenagers is a lot like living in a Friends episode. Lots of plot twists, plenty of drama . . . and some comedies of error that aren’t...read more
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Some call it “pressure of speech.” My family calls it “verbal diarrhea.” An inelegant but accurate description....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.”