In my Bible reading, I’m revisiting the book of John in the New Testament.
Some mornings when I read it feels like I’m walking side by side with Jesus on dusty roads or sitting on grassy hillsides listening to His teachings.
This was one of those mornings. As I read through chapter 10, I could hear the confusion and disbelief in the Pharisees’ voices (and in my own). And the confident, compassionate clarity in Jesus’ voice.
Jesus said so much in those 42 verses that can cast out fear, replace lies with truth, comfort us, ground us in courage, and fill us with hope.
I’ve selected seven of those truths for us to consider and camp on. (more…)
My NEWEST PICTURE BOOK releases this Monday, June 1! WOOHOO!!!
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I’m celebrating with an I Can Talk to God Children’s Book Giveaway. ENTER NOW! Enter before Friday, June 5 at 12:00 am. (more…)
Friends, I have big news!
My 43rd book releases June 1st. I Can Talk to God is a 24-page paperback picture book for age 2 to 8.
This book is not the next long-awaited novel in my Hearts Seeking Home historical romance series (watch for Mountain Whispers to land here this autumn), but this picture book is a project from deep in my heart.
Sometimes God seems far away because you can’t see or feel Him. But He is right there, ready to listen to you. I want to help kids know and embrace that truth. (more…)
What a crazy time, right? But also an amazing opportunity for parents and grandparents (in person or on Facetime, WhatsApp, or Zoom)!
With all this extra time with your kids and grandkids, you might be looking for ways to encourage their Spiritual Formation.
I want to come alongside you and offer some ideas and resources. Later this week, on my website on the Free Resources page, I’ll have some printable fun for you to use with your kiddos. In the meantime, how about an idea for a prayer that affirms God’s presence in their lives while helping them get the wiggles out? (more…)
When my hubby and I made our first trip to Tanzania in East Africa to see our daughter and her family, it was the giraffes that captured my attention.
Fifteen years later, it’s the zebra that seized my attention.
A giraffe is unlike any other animal. The zebra however could be mistaken for a small horse that paused too long in front of a graffiti artist. That’s why the zebra became the mascot for rare diseases. (more…)
Friends, heartache hits all of us. At one time or another.
Sometimes it feels like we’re still riding one wave of heartache when another wave hits. Seems like we may never again glimpse a peaceful shoreline.
If we live long enough you and I will stare down many harbors of heartache. The burial of a loved one. Betrayal. The loss of a career. A chronic illness. Financial disaster. The list is long.
Right now you might feel stuck in a season of sorrow. Or have a friend who is camped in a hurting place. This resource is for you. (more…)
In April, I returned to one of my favorite places to retreat–Mount Hermon Christian Camp, nestled in the California redwoods. Home of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference held annually the weekend before Easter. I was there this year as a mentor for children’s writers.
Early Palm Sunday morning, I walked to one of my go-to sites for retreat on the Mount Hermon grounds. Victory Circle. (more…)
Your friend is hurting, and you feel helpless. If you’ve passed your eighth birthday, you likely know what that feels like. And it seems that I daily find myself looking for ways to best serve a hurting friend.
One friend recently returned to the ring fighting cancer in a third round of chemo. Another friend navigates a new normal after burying her husband last year. Yet another writes her son in prison. One friend battles betrayal. Another takes it one day at a time in a rehab center. Yet another wrestles with crippling anxiety. And the list goes on.
We can’t fix their hurting or erase their heartache. But that doesn’t excuse us from doing what we can to ease the pain. Some. Even if it’s only for a fleeting moment.
In an upcoming post, I’ll talk about a variety of things we can do to reach out to the broken, but today let’s zoom in on prayer.
Oswald Chambers says, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” (more…)
I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Sharon Jaynes. I’ve asked my sister from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) to share truths with us regarding the disparity between how we see ourselves and owning our true value, our identity in Christ.
Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Do you remember the day you came to saving faith?
Perhaps you’re still considering a relationship with Jesus.
Or perhaps you can’t even remember a time when you didn’t know Him.
For me, it was on a summer night when I was fourteen years old.
When I think about how God brought me out of a home filled with alcohol, rage, and hostility into this wonderful relationship with Jesus, I’m amazed. The sheer wonder of it stokes my passion for Jesus and gratitude to God every time I tell it.
But here’s what you need to know. Just because I became a Christian when I was fourteen, does not mean that my feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy went away. I was still a girl who felt worthlessness. When I made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, those feelings did not dissolve like springtime snow. (more…)
Bad days happen. To all of us.
Days that show up as magnets for mishaps and misunderstandings. The kind of days that can launch us into emotional ups and downs.
You might be smack dab in the middle of that kind of day.
You are not alone. David and the others who wrote psalms knew days like that and recorded their emotional roller coaster rides in the Bible. From pouring out their hearts to God to pondering His ways. From petition and pleading to praising God.
The book of Psalms is a go-to for me when I’m battling a bad day, a day of emotional ups and downs. Here are nine Psalms and truths that help bolster me on those kinds of days. I’m hoping these truth encourage you, too. (more…)