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“Be My Servant,” God Shouted

Dreaming big dreams is no problem for me. I would love to be a bestselling author of Christian living books and Bible studies. I would love to travel and speak all over the U.S. (and the world!), sharing God’s Word with humor, wisdom, and deep insight. If you’ve ever been to Women of Faith, those … Continue reading

“All Things” Means Me – GMG Colossians Study Days 5 & 6

Colossians 1:15-18 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and by … Continue reading

Transfer From Captivity – GMG Colossians Study Day 5

Colossians 1:13-14: “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.” We live in the tangible representation of an unseen word. Those who, in the unseen world, are captives in the domain of darkness  are … Continue reading

A Prayer for My Children (Days 3 & 4 of GMG Colossians Study)

Colossians 1:9-12 contains one of the most beautiful intercessory prayers in Scripture. Paul tells the believers at Colosse that he prays for them continually and without stopping.  As a mother, I pray for my children in much the same way – continually and without stopping. And when we say goodnight prayers together, much of my … Continue reading

Good Morning Girls Colossians Study – Day 1 & 2

  (Good Morning Girls is doing a study on Colossians, which starts today.  Go here for more info.) Colossians 1:1-8 says (NIV version): “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our … Continue reading

Manipulating God

     Recently, I read the first three books in a series called Chronicles of the Kings, written by Lynn Austen.  These books fictionalize, with mostly historical accuracy, the life of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, whose story is told in the Bible in 2 Kings 18-20, Isaiah 36-39, and 2 Chronicles 29-32.  (My favorite book of the series … Continue reading

Follow the Leader: Is There a “Right” Way to Lead a Family Spiritually?

Quick, what’s the first thing you think of when you imagine a man leading his family spiritually? For a really long time, my idea of leading the family was to have my husband sitting, expounding on the truths of the Bible to the kids, while they sat at his feet, their enraptured faces upturned and … Continue reading

Life is Pain, Highness

Westley said it best in Princess Bride.  “Life is Pain, Highness.  Anyone who says differently is selling something.” This past week has been painful for a lot of people.  Of my Facebook friends alone (which is only a tiny slice of the world), a 54 year old mother of a friend passed away suddenly, the 15 month … Continue reading