Category: Encouragement

Always Challenging Us

“…when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10b). Last week my two youngest daughters, Bethany and Susannah, went off with me to spend three working days at the beach. Our purpose was to focus on some writing projects. My goal was to write as many blog posts as I could. Bethany was wrestling through a revision of the book she is writing for young ladies, and Susannah […]

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A Shopping Adventure

When our children were really little, we didn’t have a car that I could keep running reliably enough to take the kids out shopping. Shopping night was a family affair. Because we weren’t always sure if the van would start again when we turned it off, John often drove around the store parking lot with all the kids while I zoomed through the store. By the time we had a […]

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

My mother’s life was a life of quiet service. She was a contented and diligent homemaker, a devoted and patient mother, a loyal and hard-working daughter, a proud and boasting Grandma, and a quiet lady who knew how to listen well. My memories as a young girl include vivid pictures of going along with Mom as she ministered to her parents and to the elderly in our congregation. She helped […]

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Let go.

Here’s a quote I read this morning from Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis. I need to post this somewhere where I can read it over and over: “Keep nothing back. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, […]

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Why Do I Get Discouraged?

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5a, ESV) How many times have I asked myself this question? Do any of these reasons for discouragement sound familiar to you? I am likely to become discouraged when: I am suffering trials (loss, death, troubled relationships, health problems, financial setbacks). I expect people to be and do what only God can be […]

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Whose Time?

I’ve recently been rereading several of C. S. Lewis’s books, after first reading them during my college days. I have especially enjoyed rereading The Screwtape Letters. If you’re not familiar with this classic, it is a witty and penetrating look at spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. Uncle Screwtape, a seasoned older devil, offers written advice to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon who must learn the tricks […]

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His Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV). I’ve been thinking a lot about imperfection lately. I always do when we’re trying to finish up a book and get it out the door to […]

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Seventh Giveaway: As Unto the Lord

This book was written for my own personal benefit (and indirectly for the benefit of my husband), because I need to be constantly called back to the standard to which God calls me as a wife. There must be a few other wives out there who don’t have their roles mastered! This book is for you! As Unto the Lord includes: A short set of questions and relevant Scripture passages […]

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Sharing the Journey of Motherhood

Mom comforting daughter

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, ESV). What a blessing it has been to hear from all you folks who are so eager to train your children with God’s Word! My apologies if I’m overlooking any dads out there, but I’m guessing this is going to be a mostly-for-mamas blog. My heart’s desire is to somehow encourage and build […]

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