If you’re like me, cooking can give you a martyr complex faster than anything else, especially if you count up the hours you spend in the kitchen each week. At the same time, preparing meals is a tangible way of blessing your family and friends. Whether you heat up a frozen pizza or cook up some comfort food, you’re serving up love on a plate. Cooking is a ministry, even though we rarely see it that way. [Read more…]
Many of us balk at the idea of journaling because we think we’ll have to sit down for half an hour and write our hearts out, and who has time and energy for that? Or we remember high school teachers who required us to make two entries a week in a journal we had to turn in on Fridays. We dreaded it because what could we write anyway since the teacher was going to read it? [Read more…]
My husband and I had such a stormy courtship that we almost didn’t get married. In fact, the same day that I bought my first wedding dress, we broke off our engagement, and I spent the next 24 hours sobbing on the couch. Unbelievably, after another three years of on-again, off-again long-distance relationship, we finally tied the knot, but I chose a different dress to go down the aisle!
The conflict we experienced while dating gave me a hint that couples don’t just live happily ever after with no effort. Sure enough, eighteen years later real married life isn’t quite as rosy as a fairy tale, but I’m still discovering that living happily ever after is something we choose by taking on the right attitudes. [Read more…]
One reason I married my husband was his sense of humor. It sounds shallow, but I had a three item list of what I was looking for in a husband: 1. Love for God, 2. Desire to serve God, 3. Sense of humor. Somehow I connected a sense of humor and a good laugh with “living happily ever after.”
It’s proved to be true. My husband has a loud, infectious laugh, and one thing that brings joy and happiness to our marriage is lying in bed at night, talking about old times or funny things, and laughing ourselves silly. [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…]