Prayer as an Involuntary Muscle

I remember learning about voluntary and involuntary muscles in school. The teacher explained how some of our body parts function without our conscious effort. She went on to explain how our hearts beat, our eyes blink, our lungs inhale and exhale without any help from us. They simple do their God-given function because that is what they do. Some of our muscles work without us even thinking. What if our prayer life resembled such a muscle? What if we lived a life of prayer, in constant … [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Message . . . We Have Work to Do

This morning in my quiet time the Lord brought to my mind how truly blessed I am. Fitting, I know, since today is Thanksgiving. But not only do I experience all the necessities of life, but I have family, friends, safety, monetary abundance, good health, and most importantly, salvation. How many people in this world can boast of all that? This life is not easy for so many who face oppression, sickness, and injustice, but for those of us who only see glimpses of those struggles, the Lord … [Read more...]

When God Causes Us to Stumble: A Confession of Pride

Pride is a stumbling block. One second you're invincible, on top of the world, convinced that no person or thing can stop you and the next you're lying in the dust and dirt as low to the ground as you can possibly get. We all know the scripture in Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before before a fall." But to be the object of God's stumbling is truly humbling. I recently found myself on the ground while out on a trail run. I'd been talking to God, … [Read more...]

What Miracles Are You Missing Out on Today?

As I'm reading through Laurie Bestvater's The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, I was struck by this quote from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho: You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. I've been in a funk lately. People I love are sick and struggling. Plans and dreams continue to go awry. Raising children is wearying. Life is tough. And … [Read more...]

In the Waiting

"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14 Has there been a time in your life when you've felt stuck in the waiting room? Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you as you wait? Maybe you're waiting for that much-longed for child. Maybe your health or the health of someone you love has not improved like you prayed it would. Maybe financial … [Read more...]

10 Scriptures on Rest {Free Printable}

Aside from weekly meal plan posts, this blog has been pretty silent since November. Let's just say I've been weary. I've felt not only physical exhaustion, but my soul has been restless. My to-do lists have become a burden when they should be a tool. The "things I want to do" have been neglected because of all the "things I have to do." Consequently, my temper has been short and my attitude pretty stinky. Right now, all I want is rest and peace, but December has not been restful or peaceful. … [Read more...]

When “the Sufferings of This Present Time” Seem More Than We Can Bear

This world fills me with hurt and anger. My finite mind cannot grasp why the unspeakable happens, why God would allow so much pain to afflict His children, the very ones He formed in His own image. I can't comprehend why life has to be so harsh, often to the most undeserving. Why does a baby die in the womb after months of a mother's love and care? Why must a three-year-old face cancer? How can a young mom with 4 little ones be diagnosed with a terminal illness? Why does a father beat … [Read more...]

Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

This is Day 12 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I caught the stomach bug and was in bed for most of the day. The other day I wrote about waiting for a new normal, and I'd like to … [Read more...]

Have You Become Complacent in Your Walk with God?

This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for details. Contentment is a daily trial for me. Like being patient and guarding my tongue, I struggle to find joy in my circumstances. Philippians 4:11-13 are verses I read and meditate on often in hopes of procuring an ounce of Paul's contentment. Part of my struggle with contentment is not just in trusting that God supplies all my needs, but the fact that I have always equated contentment with complacency. And I … [Read more...]

Are You Busy About the Right Things?

I was lying in bed one Saturday morning mentally planning for the upcoming week. I had Bible study (a small group of which I facilitate), Son Kids (the Sunday PM Bible class my husband & I lead), American Heritage Girls (a unit of which I co-lead), a dentist appointment, as well as the typical housekeeping duties, meal planning, homeschool lessons, and freelance work, and I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. Anxious thoughts filled my swirling head: "Should I be doing ALL … [Read more...]