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March Bible Reading Challenge Week 4 Summary

Thank you for the sweet outpouring of love yesterday!! I often receive negative comments and emails, but I’ve gotten to the point of just praying for the person who sent it and deleting it. Ya’ll were so sweet yesterday when I shared a little tidbit of criticism I had received and I’m so thankful for […]

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A Prayer for Guidance

Not long ago, I posted a Prayer for Wisdom and since then, I’ve prayed it over and over again. I’ve received criticism about writing prayers recently, as some people feel that prayers should be words from your heart and not memorized mumbo jumbo. (What is mumbo jumbo exactly?) I hope that you realize that the prayers […]

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Great Books to Read on Spring Break (or Anytime!)

At the beginning of the year, I set a book reading goal of 36 books for the year. While I feel certain that I typically read more than 36 books in a year, I haven’t tracked the number of books I’ve read in a year in a very, very long time. I do have a […]

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Christian Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

For the past several years, my sister-in-law and I have teamed up to have an Easter egg hunt for our families. No matter the weather, and yes, it can be a bit unpredictable here in Ohio, we head out to the backyard and the kids have a great time searching for eggs. In all the […]


March Bible Reading Challenge Week 3 Summary

Welcome to the March Bible reading challenge week 3 summary! I pray that you are continuing to read along as we travel from Hebrews through I John. Beginning with last Friday’s reading, let’s take a look at the summaries for the week. Hebrews 13 Such wisdom is contained in chapter 13 of this book; many of […]

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Building Trust in Marriage

Building Trust in Marriage What does “trust” mean in a marriage? How do we really show trust? Does it mean foregoing prenuptial agreements? Giving one another full access to our bank accounts? Living with one another day in and day out, flaws, failures and all? Admitting every sin we’ve ever committed to our spouse? When […]

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HUGE $5 Sale at Dayspring- Perfect for Spring Needs!

TODAY ONLY! My friends at Dayspring are having an incredible $5 sale today that I really wanted to pass on to you! I don’t typically post a “for sale” blog article, but this sale was too good to pass up because it has so many great things I would typically recommend to you!! Here are […]

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Who Is Jesus to Me?

**Post includes book giveaway Do you think of Jesus as a friend? Your Savior? A good man who lived thousands of years ago? Because what you believe about Jesus defines who you are. For the March Bible reading challenge here on the blog, we finished Hebrews and we’re in the book of James. Yesterday I […]


5 Things to Remember If Oversleeping Happens

Last week was a terrible, no-good awful week, to put it bluntly. Two weeks ago, on the trail of a cancelled flight, an unexpected turn in the book publishing world, a 2x laptop restore, and a stomach virus that literally knocked me to the floor for 24 hrs, I thought the worst was over. But […]


Week 2 Summary of Hebrews March Bible Reading Challenge

Welcome to week 2 summary of Hebrews March Bible Reading Challenge! The week of reading has been absolutely wonderful each day. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the reading. Let’s begin! Chapter 6 Hebrews 6 beautifully paints the backdrop to help us understand the complete redemption plan of the Father through Jesus. I […]

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A Prayer for Boldness

Whether starting a small business, adopting a baby, or moving across state lines, acting on life’s big decisions requires significant character. Wisdom and understanding? Yes. Deep desire and passion? Yes. But one thing larger-than-life decisions require is completely undeniable. That one trait? Boldness. A little over a week ago, a friend and I sat down […]

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If You Think Faith Is About the Rules

Are you a rule keeper or a rebel? All of us have a natural tendency towards one or the other, perhaps according to the circumstances of a situation. I have a confession to make- I’m a rule keeper. A rule follower. Someone who actually likes the rules and gets upset when others break them. My husband […]

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How to Find a Prayer Partner

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them. Matthew 18:20 Have you ever wanted someone to pray with? Have you ever wished you could ask a friend to pray for you but no one came to mind? Maybe the problem wasn’t because you don’t know someone who prays regularly but you […]


Week 1 Summary of March Bible Reading Challenge: Hebrews

Welcome to the first weekly summary of our March Bible reading challenge! This week was all about Hebrews and I thought it was so good. Let’s dive in: Chapter 1 I love the way the book of Hebrews is written; I believe that the personality of the author is unique to this book. Scholars vary on […]

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A Prayer to Overcome Anxiety

The feeling of anxiety can be vicious in its attack. While at times, it gradually builds from circumstances, other times, it appears suddenly, out of nowhere. Though I personally have only experienced bouts of anxiety and not more serious seasons of continual anxiousness, I believe prayer has been the critical element in overcoming any battles I have […]

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When God Answers Your Prayers

** Post includes the March Bible Reading Challenge schedule in printable form. This weekend I attended the Re:Write Conference, a conference designed to assist Christian fiction and non-fiction writers in their writing journeys. The conference truly lifted my heart and my pen as I enjoyed both the inspirational moments and practical lessons on the art of writing. […]

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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 […]