How Not to Pray This post is part of a series on prayer. You can find all the posts here. Sometimes the most effect way to learn what to do is by observing what not to do. Maybe this is why Jesus begins His instruction of prayer with how not to pray. “And when you
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This post is part of a series on prayer. You can find all of the posts here In my quest to dive deeper into the gift of prayer, I have written out several questions about prayer, as well as several statements which I believe contribute, at times, to my lack of prayer. I so want
My husband gave me a big leather box this Christmas. It was black and had a cool silver swirly thingy towards the top. But all I could see was a box. I turned it upside down. I turned it around. I touched the swirly thing. But I had no idea what I was supposed to
To the Weary Writer Who Wants to Quit: I see you. I know you. I am you. You have words—so many words inside of you. You have a message, a story, a calling you want to share with the world. And you’ve done all the things—all the things they say to do. You made a
My life motto should really be “I try.” You guys, I try so hard. I really do. But so often it just doesn’t quite work out. Case in point: last night's dinner. I had it all planned out. Having done take out several nights this week, I committed to making a nice home made meal.
I just received word that JOEY is being reprinted again!!! That makes 4 hardback printings and 6 softcover printings!!! You guys, never (like never ever) could I have imagined I would write those words!! I just need a moment to give praise where praise is due.... Before launching JOEY my greatest fear was that it
When your story doesn’t have a happily-ever-after Once upon a time I told God that I would never write a book that would make people cry. I should have known better than to do that. After all, I also recall, at different points in my life, telling God that I would never marry a man
You've been called by God, but what if everybody else gets there first??? My daughter doesn't just get hungry. She gets hangry! When that girl needs a meal, we all know about it! Normally a sweet, loving girl, her entire personality transforms when her belly demands food. And when that happens...watch out! And get the
When You Feel Overwhelmed Take it One Bite at a Time I stare at the offending room. The clutter and chaos taunt me. My kitchen has become a giant (and maddening) game of whack-a-mole!! It’s clean—it’s cluttered. It’s organized—it looks like a bomb exploded. It’s lemon-fresh—dear heavens what died in here?!?! It is an ongoing
The Scent of God's Love: Surely it Smells Like Listerine I snuggle my eight-year-old self under the quilt, reveling in the decadent space of a queen-sized bed. I rub my cheek against the feather-soft pillowcase and breathe deeply. An intensely comforting aroma fills my nostrils as Listerine and Bengay forever intermingle with the memory of