When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

When Cookies Demonstrate Forgiveness

Beloved, I’m a strange creature by nature. My body likes to be awake during daylight, but my brain is a stubborn night owl. The darkest hours are when my mind is most active, weaving stories from shadows. Sometimes I give in to the creativity because I frustrate...
A MEME to Remember

A MEME to Remember

My maternal grandmother became a single mom when her husband died of cancer. She unexpectedly found herself a young mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Alone. Her world was changed forever as she stood beside that deathbed. But she was a praying woman, and her prayers...
How Well Do You Neighbor?

How Well Do You Neighbor?

“We don’t neighbor.” Those were the three words Terri’s mom heard when she moved her family from Iowa to Nebraska. Terri’s dad was a trucker before cell phones and email were a thing. So the limited time their family shared the same space each week was from Saturday...

How to Find Great Friends

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. -Winnie the Pooh The number one question I receive on college campuses is “how do I make friends”? Friendships are some of the most important relationships in life, aside...

Finding Success in Family Devotions

Wiggling, talking, whining, disobeying—the struggle is real. What struggle? The difficult task of sitting everyone down for family devotions. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes the effort doesn’t seem worth the payoff. My husband and I are always on a quest to find...

The Gift of Singleness

To be single or not to be single. The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:7 (MSG), “Sometimes I wish everyone were single like me—a simpler life in many ways! But celibacy is not for everyone any more than marriage is. God gives the gift of the single life to some,...