• Nurturing Authentic Friendships With The Help Of God

    Nurturing Authentic Friendships With The Help Of God

    Relationships matter to God. Our relationship with Him, as well as our relationship with others, truly matter to Him. With His help, we can nurture relationships with the richest of feelings. When was the last time you experienced the hand of God in the mist of your relationships with family, friends, or strangers? For me, it was a Wednesday evening in the middle of the dinner rush, and I couldn’t have been more grateful. To read more about how God blessed my life that evening in the most unexpected way, head on over to Be Thee Inspired, where I’m guest posting today.

  • The Power of Social Media

    The Power Of Social Media: Connecting Families One Person At A Time

    THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA   Slowly opening my iPad, I went to my Facebook account and typed in her name.   Christine. (*Name has been changed)   My 1st cousin. A cousin I have never met.   “How do you approach a cousin you’ve never met before?” I wondered.   Putting my uncertainty aside, I sent her a private message.   “Hello, Christine! We’ve never met, but I’m your 1st cousin. It would be fun to hear from you sometime. I hope you are well.”   “There,” I thought. “I did it!” It wasn’t much, but it was a start. I had finally reached out to my long, lost cousin.   With anticipation, I waited for a reply. To my great…

  • Ambassadors for christ the light to shine out of darkness

    Ambassadors For Christ: The Light To Shine Out Of Darkness

    Morning dawned, gray and melancholy.   Turning to 2 Corinthians 4, I read: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (vs. 8 & 9)“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (vs. 6)“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost;In whom the god of this worlds hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should…

  • Cowardly Clyde coming out of the darkness and into the light

    Cowardly Clyde: Coming Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light

    LIVING IN DARKNESS Cowardly Clyde was a cowardly horse who was terrified to enter the dark woods. Ultimately, he gained confidence and courage and was able to enter the woods and pull out the dreadful monster that loomed there—a monster that dissipated into nothingness when exposed to the light. We, too, often have ‘monsters’ hiding in the dark past of our lives—shame, fear, uncertainty, sin, blame. The thought of entering those dark places to deal with those ‘monsters’ is terrifying. However, when the day finally comes that we decided to expose our ‘monsters’ to the light, we get our first taste of real freedom. There is power in coming out of the darkness and into the light.   WALKING IN…

  • Freedom isn't free

    The Fight For Freedom Deserves Our Last Ounce Of Courage

    The evening began with bowls of warm chili and trembling, nervous tummies.   True, my kids had spent the past few weeks in great anticipation of this Chili Dinner and Talent Show, but now that their turn to perform was quickly approaching, they were having second thoughts.   “What have we gotten ourselves into?” they wondered aloud. Their apprehension was palpable.   The time soon arrived.   All three of them nervously gathered around the piano to perform their piano trio, which went off without a hitch.   One down, one to go.   Next, they approached the stage with high hopes that all would go as planned.   My oldest daughter began the performance by sharing the following with the audience. She had…

  • a good place to hide

    A Good Place To Hide: A Lesson In Love And Trust

    As an avid reader, I occasionally run across some gems. On June 23rd, 2015, I was delighted to open the book “A Good Place To Hide” and read of a sermon given exactly 75 years ago, on 23 June 1940—and what a sermon it was! Boy, can we ever relate to it today. This is so powerful: On 22 June 1940 an Armistice was signed by Hitler and Marshal Petain of France. Not everyone agreed with the terms of this Armistice, including Andre’ Trocme’, who, on the day following the signing of the Armistice, gave this rousing sermon to his congregation in France: “The duty of Christians is to resist the violence directed at our consciences with the weapons of the…

  • Hands-Free Mama

    Hands Free Mama: Overcoming Technology Addiction The Family-Friendly Way

    Some time ago, our family sat around the table and discussed Technology Addiction.   My husband and I confessed to our children our particular addictions (which may or may not have something to do with Craigslist and an iPad). The kids shared insightful suggestions on how we might have a more balanced approach with technology, suggestions like:   Don’t use it when we’re in the room   Use it only at certain times of the day   Don’t carry it with you   Have tech-free days   Then we ate dessert, which is, of course, the BEST part of Family Night! We had warm fry bread with honey AND a cantaloupe smoothie—because we couldn’t decide between the two. Life is…

  • Authentic connection

    Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

    A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour sharing with each other our trust in the Lord and how He has carried us through our most recent trials. We read scripture, swapped recipes, and encouraged one another. I walked her across the street when we were done visiting, and she stood at her doorway watching carefully until she saw that I had returned safely home. It matters not that our religious beliefs don’t always line up. We are…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Strength, Hope, and Peace {A Three-Step Plan}

    The Ultimate Guide to Strength, Hope, Peace

    “Mom, why are all the flags around town at half staff today?” my daughter asked, gazing out the car window. It’s a question I hear on a regular basis these days and, quite honesty, I’m tired of hearing it. I’ve grown weary of sharing with my children all the negativity that is taking place in our country–mass shootings, violence, death. Instead, I’ve decided to focus on the positive, the possibilities, the things that can fill us with strength, hope, and peace. I’ve chosen to tell my children that whenever they see a flag at half staff, it’s a reminder to ask themselves these questions:   Have I communicated with God today? Have I read from the Word of God? Have…

  • 5 ways to connect with God

    5 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Connect With God

    **A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jazmin, for sharing this powerful piece about being intentional in our relationship with God. Her ideas inspired me to try something new. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by her words.** ** This post may contain affiliate links. You can find my disclosure HERE.   Connect With God Relationships will fail if we fail to invest in them. We know that when it comes to connecting with our people, but what about when it comes to connecting with God? Being intentional with our people is easy. We just send a text, make a phone call, or set up a coffee date. But connecting with God can feel like a…