Most days I’m in serious need of a mental makeover by 5:00 p.m. I start the morning on a positive note, but then home school, housework, e-mail, errands, and phone calls leave my mind worn down and overwhelmed by late afternoon. That’s why I want to keep working this year on the single most important New Year’s resolution I ever made. [Read more…]
Early this December morning after Christmas, I breathed a sigh of relief and wondered, “Did giving three parties in five days mean I’m a certified nut case, or could I just be an obsessive compulsive party lover?” Where did that fit in with my resolve to down size December and take the holidays slower this year?
Really, I loved every minute of it, but this morning while it was still dark outside, I enjoyed a peaceful moment drinking coffee and reading God’s Word by the light of the Christmas tree and candles. I wanted to savor the truth of God coming near to us, reaching into our world through the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable. [Read more…]
Every year I tell myself I’ll buy Christmas gifts early to avoid the last minute rush, and every year I find myself in the same place: out shopping the week before Christmas! Gift giving is one of my love languages. I take joy in planning and trying to find gifts that will please my family and friends.
Last week I searched several stores to find the perfect warm-up suit for my husband, and after waiting in line 10 minutes at the cash register, my heart lurched when the salesperson said, “Our internet service is down. We can’t take your card.” [Read more…]
Do you ever feel like there’s a wall between you and God? You pray and get no response. You sit down to read your Bible and your eyes glaze over, or a thousand thoughts come into your mind.
Many things can sabotage our relationship with God: tiredness, stress, busyness, or discouragement. No matter the reason behind spiritual dryness, adding variety or change to my morning quiet time sometimes helps me to sense God’s presence in new ways. Just like opening windows lets fresh air into my home, opening new doors brings renewal into my relationship with God
If you need fresh air in your daily time with God, try one of these ideas: [Read more…]
The other day it hit me like a bolt of lightning, this same lesson I’ve been learning since I was two years old: You can’t always have everything your way. The lightning bolt came as a simple question. Will you stubbornly hold out like a tantrum-throwing toddler to get your way, or will you surrender and let God have His way? [Read more…]