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March Bible Reading Challenge and February Summary of Proverbs

I can hardly believe that we are once again at the end of the monthly Bible Reading challenge! If you are reading Proverbs through with us for the month of February, the plan is one chapter a day, with the exception of the last three days of the month. Although we are finishing up this […]

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Indoor Bible Scavenger Hunt 2.0

I may or may not have been called a word nerd in school. You too? Whew, I feel better. Word puzzles and games are incredibly fun to me! I guess that’s why Bible verse scavenger hunts have always been a favorite of mine. What’s a Bible Verse scavenger hunt? 1. Read the question. 2. Look up […]

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Keep Going

There are times when life gets really tough and putting one foot in front of the other is all you can do. Perhaps you are going through a relationship difficulty and it’s making life more than hard. Maybe you’re in the middle of unemployment and have more month than money. Or perhaps personal or family health […]

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A Prayer of Thanks for My Teenager

If you are a mom to teenagers, then you know just how quickly the time flies. My third child to parent through the teen years hit the magical “teen” mark at the beginning of January. Wow! How incredible to think that God has grown this boy from a sweet little innocent baby to a squeaky voice, taller-than-his-mama […]


Proverbs 13-20 Bible Reading Challenge Summary

Whenever I think of Proverbs, I think of rich truth. Solomon, the wisest man to live, desired to leave a written legacy of wisdom to his son. What a privilege that we are still reading it today as God preserved this wisdom as His written Word! So let’s look over the chapters we read this week: […]

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7up Prayer Challenge

Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, but then life got busy and you forgot to write it down? Or you wrote it down and then it was a “my dog ate my homework” scenario? Maybe you noticed someone really discouraged, a friend, relative, or co-worker, and you wanted to remember to lift […]

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Bible Verses for When I Feel Lonely

Not too long ago, one of our sweet readers was going through a very difficult time. When she wrote to me, I felt the loneliness dripping from her words and I wished that I could be there for her. Instead, I wrote a “Prayer for when I feel lonely” on her behalf. Today I was […]

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50 Things to Do to Encourage Someone

I know that feeling. You want to encourage someone, whether it’s a friend, neighbor or co-worker, but you simply can’t think of what you’d like to do. Sometimes time is of the essence and while you’d love to cook Aunt Susie a 4 course meal, that’s simply out of the question for the moment. Today’s […]


Proverbs 6-12 Bible Reading Challenge Summary

Welcome to Friday’s Bible reading challenge summary and check-in! I encourage you to comment and let us know what you learned this week as we read through the book of Proverbs. From last Friday through today, we covered Proverbs chapters 6-12; I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been learning! Here are my observations […]

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When Dreams Get Stripped Away

All of us dream and make plans in life. But not all of those dreams come to life. As if I need to explain that to you. Last week, my son asked Daddy, “When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?” “Well, when I was really little, around 5 […]

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A Prayer for Wisdom

As we have studied Proverbs the last two months in the 2015 Bible reading challenge, I have noticed that I’m praying for wisdom more. Perhaps this is because I am learning how important wisdom truly is. That’s a good thing, right? Today I’m sharing this simple prayer for wisdom with you. A Prayer for Wisdom […]

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What If We Wanted God

Last Wednesday evening I clicked that magical word “send” and after months of hard work, my book was back in the hands of the editor. Thursday morning I hopped on a plane and headed to the If:Gathering. It’s strange — if someone asked me why I was going to the If:Gathering, I couldn’t really say. […]

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Proverbs 1 through 5 Bible Reading Challenge Summary

Tonight I’m posting from Austin, TX where I’m excited to spend the next two days at the If:Gathering seeing God move among women. I’m sure you’ll hear more about it before the weekend is over, but for now, it’s Friday and time to check in with our February Bible Reading Challenge! What kind of crazy […]

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3 Christian Principles That Ground Sean & Catherine’s Marriage

Special note: While I don’t support the show, The Bachelor, in the spirit of supporting Christian marriages, I am choosing to encourage Sean & Catherine in their faith. I’m proud of their stand and this post, 3 Christian principles that ground Sean & Catherine’s marriage, is a great example of love that gives. This is an exclusive guest post […]


How to Create a Sunshine Box of Encouragement

There’s no doubt about the fact that I’m a sunshine girl.  But life’s crazy hurricanes and tornadoes have taught me that brilliant rays of hope and light come from within- not without.  A few years ago, this lesson was made a bit more real to me when on a particularly dreary winter day, a package […]

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Bible Reading Plans for Kids

I love receiving emails from folks all over the world for many reasons. When I took the first steps to begin blogging,  I never imagined that would happen. God has an incredible way of orchestrating and intersecting lives and one of the ways he has accomplished this is through the Bible reading plans for kids. My […]

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February Bible Reading Challenge

** Post includes this week’s reading summary of Proverbs and check-in.   February Bible Reading Challenge Friday is here and today we check in for the January Bible Reading challenge. I’m so excited about continuing to focus on Proverbs again for the month of February! We will read one chapter a day except the last […]

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Being Strong Doesn’t Look the Same for Everyone

I listened intently to Christine Caine yesterday as she discussed today’s Christian women and the challenges they face. And since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head that being strong doesn’t look the same for everyone. I mean, I have a friend whose husband is working long hours on a job […]

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Questions about God from A Kindergartener

Recently my kindergarten girl, Tarah, has been thinking on her own more and more. You know that stage when children start to ask all kinds of questions? She’s there. In the thick of it. Oh, she went through the typical 3 year old stage of questions. That’s a standard age for asking the proverbial “Why?” You […]

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Victory Belongs to the Lord

Welcome to Friday and the weekly Bible reading challenge check-in! When I first introduced the 2015 Bible Reading Challenge, I explained how I felt the Lord was directing me to focus on the book of Proverbs. Since then, in the last two weeks, my pastor encouraged the church to read Proverbs 3:1-15 every day for […]

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The Search for Purpose in Life

You can’t shake the feeling and wish you could. It’s unruly and unsettling. The feeling bosses your mind and controls your heart. You find yourself searching for satisfaction… contentment… fulfillment. Essentially, for purpose in life. Yet it seems so elusive. If only you can make it to the next payday, things will change. If only you […]

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Free Valentine Bible Verse Printable

Today I was a bit reminiscent of the Christmas lights. I know- they had to come down at some point.  But it occurred to me that I don’t have many Valentine decorations and really, for the month of love, I could do better than my very plain mantel and bare front door. So I started […]

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15 Ideas on Ways to Pray for Your Husband

  This weekend I was thinking heavily on ways to pray for my husband. Due to some changes at work, he has been working long hours and though he is strong, I know that intervening to God on his behalf will provide strength from above. Though I have a phone reminder set to pray for […]


On Guarding Your Mouth and Gaining Wisdom

I am enjoying the 2015 Bible reading challenge so much! How did your Proverbs reading go this week? I found myself reading the chapter twice on many days as  I lingered over my morning coffee.  Let’s summarize chapters 10-15 this week. I read chapter 9 before posting on last Friday, so it was included in the […]


If You’ve Ever Wished for A Zipper on Your Lips…

** Post includes a book giveaway for Karen Ehman’s new book: Keep It Shut! Words. I love them so much. They carry weight and authority. They can beautifully display love and affection. But oh when they slip out without a filter, how dangerous and damaging it can be! This week as we’re reading through the […]

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When You Need the Reminder that God Forgives

You passed that old friend from years ago and suddenly, a pit sprouted in your stomach. While time had passed and you hoped everything was ok now, the issue wasn’t forgotten. The guilt from years gone by flooded over your soul once more and you hoped to quickly move on. After all, what if she hadn’t […]

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30 Ways to Read Your Bible More

Today I was thinking about all the excuses I’ve used in past years not to read my Bible. Honestly, I’m embarrassed when I think over them. “I just don’t have enough time.” Really? Did I have enough time to update my social media status? Then… Yeah, I know you get it. So instead of beating […]

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Because Wisdom Is Calling Us

Welcome to the Bible reading challenge check-in! It’s Friday! I have loved reading one chapter of Proverbs each day this week; how about you? Why are we reading Proverbs daily? I think we already have a general answer, even though we’re not even a fourth of the way through the book- because wisdom is calling us! […]

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Learning from the Past

Last week I was privileged to write and record a fun preliminary video played just before the message at church. Our current series topic is Decades. Essentially Pastor Ken is covering what we can learn from the past to help us propel into the future. The questions from the sermon were so thought-provoking I wanted to share […]

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4 Choices I Made to Organize Life

There is so much in our lives that we don’t have the privilege of controlling or changing.  Would you agree? In the last two weeks, I’ve been thinking heavily about how much better I feel when life is organized. But when I think about my overall life organizational plan, I realize sometimes I can make better choices that […]