What To Do With Our Hopes

"Can we talk to God about our pets?"  His soft-spoken question and curious eyes exposed that his understanding of prayer was broadening in the moment, as our little group learned about talking to God. The other 1st and 2nd graders listened, as he added, "My fish is sick." "Yes, you can! And we'll also pray…

A Prayer for Moms

My husband wrote this prayer years ago. Though it was first shared on a Mother's Day, it's a prayer for any day... O Heavenly Father, We praise and thank You this day for Your gift of mothers in this world. For the profound love You pour into their hearts and the many sacrifices they make…

Prayer That Impacts Our Perspective

When I was growing up, Mom or Dad usually said "the blessing," a rote prayer, before supper. Sometimes Dad told one of my three brothers or me to say it. Being kids, we flew through it so we could eat. And then one day Dad instructed the four of us to each write multiple prayers…

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…

How To Pray When Our Mind Is Spinning

Sometimes my mind spins in so many directions that I stress my self out. I can't focus or settle inside. Then I get frustrated, which seems to fuel my spin pace . . . and I just wanna scream or cry or run away for the day. . . . There's that project I need…

When Circumstances Overwhelm Us

I have friends in Houston, Texas, and surrounding towns—you may also—who are experiencing the rains and winds of Hurricane Harvey's lingering effects. For all that can be predicted, they know they have to wait and then live through what actually comes. And that's hard. At the same time, all other challenging matters of life haven't…

Prayer for New Beginnings

Is a new beginning in front of you? New beginnings occur daily. We start a new job or gain more responsibilities, move in to a new apartment or house, move to a new city, start dating someone or become single again, get married, or have a baby. If you're a mom, a big part of…