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

A good name

A good name

Imagine if you were the next Max Lucado or Ann Voskamp. What if your name appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list? A good name provides a good read. Yet also, a respectable name reflects a renewed heart and restored life. So, I aim to gain a good name through learning the craft of … Continue reading

Forgiven

Forgiven

Death defeated. Sins forgiven. New life. This is the message bursting forth from Easter. Forgiveness is freely given to us—but we forgive unwillingly. Wrongdoing may be forgotten, but we continue to bear grudges. “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west,” says Psalm 103:12 (NLT). Or “as far … Continue reading

How to build a house

How to build a house

When I was a child, my Sunday School class would sing a song about building a house, along with actions. Perhaps you know it. It goes like this: “The wise man built his house upon the rock”—arms and hands spread wide—“and the rains came tumbling down”—hands raised high above the head, fingers wiggling downward to … Continue reading

Cold weather challenge

Cold weather challenge

It was 11°F/-11°C this morning as I dropped off my boys at school and went for a quick fifteen minute Prayer Zone Workout. Within minutes my nose was like ice, my fingers tingled painfully in my gloves, and cold penetrated three layers of clothing. I tweeted: “How come birds can stay warm and chirpy in … Continue reading

Heart Month

Heart Month

February has nearly ended but before it does, here is a thought… February was American Heart Month, when government and health organizations strive to educate the nation and raise public awareness that can lead to life-saving changes. One of the sobering facts to which this month calls our attention is that heart disease is the … Continue reading