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How to accept a gift

How to accept a gift

Don’t be deceived… Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father. James 1:16-17 NIV As a child on Valentine’s Day, as the evening arrived and darkness crept in, I stopped playing and listened intently for a knock on the front door. Sometimes, it was so faint I could barely hear … Continue reading

It’s all about you, or is it?

It’s all about you, or is it?

Life is not about you. It’s all about me. I didn’t say these words to my mother on the other end of the phone. Instead, I screamed them to my husband when I had finished the call. I had my reasons for being so selfish, and they seemed like good ones. Read more Dear WordPress follower, … Continue reading

Why failed New Year Resolutions are okay

Why failed New Year Resolutions are okay

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV Are you one of the forty five percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions? Or maybe you are in the seventeen percent who seldom create promises to … Continue reading

Why our prayers should overflow

Why our prayers should overflow

Have you ever watched a flooded, fast flowing river after a storm? It can be a spectacular sight. In the book Wind in the Willows, I love Mole’s description of a lively river: “this sleek, sinuous, full bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself fresh playmates … Continue reading

Honest prayer

Honest prayer

I used to approach prayer like putting on my Sunday best. When I was a child, (I’m the cutie in the middle) I remember having to put on a dress or a skirt to attend church. No pants or trousers were acceptable for a girl. So, I thought I had to “dress up” my prayers … Continue reading

Clothes can make a statement

Clothes can make a statement

Dress yourselves in Christ. Romans 13:14 Do you remember the experience of breaking up with a boy? When I was in my early teens my best friend had a boyfriend. However, she spent very little time with him. Most of our free time, particularly on weekends,  we would hang out together at each other’s houses. Eventually, my friend … Continue reading

Life lessons from ants

Life lessons from ants

Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer. Proverbs 30:25 In July I traveled to North Carolina and joined 700 other women at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference. I diligently prepared for the conference as I was meeting with publishers to present a book proposal. I boarded … Continue reading

How to Pray

How to Pray

How is your summer going? This morning I was reading Max Lucado’s email devotional that arrives daily in my inbox. In it, he says: Prayer is a habit worth having. Don’t prepare to pray. Just pray. Don’t read about prayer. Just pray. Don’t attend a lecture on prayer or engage in discussion about prayer. Just … Continue reading

Across the Pond

Our plans were coming together. After twelve months of house hunting, my husband and I signed the papers on a delightful Edwardian house in a desirable London neighborhood, famous for being home to Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher and for its good schools. Having worked hard to climb the career ladder of the BBC, I saw the … Continue reading

Without debt?

Without debt?

Imagine: your entire personal financial debt is canceled in a moment. What would happen if you were told today that your mortgage no longer existed? And what if it wasn’t only your mortgage, but your car loan, student loan, and credit card charges as well? How would you feel? Would you be elated, ecstatic, and … Continue reading