Counsel That Leads Us Forward

"I don't know what to give her." "I can't decide whether I should let him go to that–or not." "I don't know how to have this conversation." "I not sure how to handle this situation." "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given . . . and his name shall…

Dealing with Roadblocks

Last Saturday my friend Libby and I hopped in the car and headed to her church. Boxes of my books were in the backseat, and I was looking forward to speaking and sharing Becoming A Peaceful Mom. She was eager to gather with the others who helped organize the event to finish last-minute details. Excitement and…

Becoming Faith-Strong

I have that upper arm flabby skin that when I wave, the lower skin has its own wave going on. Ugh! I know the solution is exercise, so, I lift weights some-times, but not enough, nor often enough–and I'm a wimp when it comes to push-ups. Ah, if only such hard work wasn't required! I…

Faith to Expect God’s Faithfulness

Yesterday at my local YMCA, I sat at a machine determined to lift the weight 20 times. To my left was a couple, probably in their late 30's. The man stood and faced the woman who was seated to perform the weight machine's motion. (I don't know what 99% of the machines are called, or…

Passionate Pursuit {day 22} : Giving Thanks Before We Have the Outcome

One Sunday about 30 minutes before the worship service, 3 little girls walked over to me as I finished putting out name tags and pens. "Can we help you?" Wishing I had even 1 small task, I admitted I was finished. "But, I'm getting ready to sit over here and pray to Jesus for a…

Passionate Pursuit {day 21}: Belief Builds

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen." (Ephesians 3.20-21) Do we believe this? Or hope it's true. ... that God is…

Passionate Pursuit {day 7}: Approach

New .... School. Class. Team. Activity. Job. Relationship. Season. City. Ongoing .... Heartache. Health struggle. Relationship challenge. Academic pain. Image issues. How do we approach these? What do we want our child's approach to be? "Thus says the Lord: 'Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in…