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...]

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...]

How to Learn Piano at Home {Review}

I have fond memories of learning how to play the piano when I was a little girl. I was fascinated with music. Still am. However, at the time I was not keen on sitting still and practicing, and I didn't progress very far at all. Now, 30 years later, I'm yearning to cultivate more creativity in my life and to engage in the arts as a means of self-education. However, life is busy with lots of little ones so I have to be selective with my time. Online piano lessons are one way I am making time … [Read more...]

Cultivating Faithfulness in Your Walk with God

Today, I'm guest posting for my sweet blogging friend Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker in her excellent series "Cultivating Faithfulness" where I'm sharing how we can grow in faithfulness to God in our own daily walks. Here's a little snippet: I'm a goal-setter. Every year I make 6-8 personal goals that I break down in to more manageable monthly, weekly, even daily goals to work towards throughout the year. Creating goals is simple; carrying out and actually achieving success in your goals … [Read more...]

7 Time Management Tips for a Joyful Christmas

There's nothing slow about December. Finding time to take a shower is tricky with all the flurry of activities the holidays bring. Time can become your biggest enemy during the holiday season. If you let it. Last week, Time and I duked it out. A lot. I burned the candle at both ends, and, yes, I suffered the consequences. I struggled with my attitude toward my family. I drank way too much caffeine. I overindulged in bad foods. I let important things--like my prayer time--slide. And, of … [Read more...]

A Heart at Peace: An Equation for True Contentment

Envy. Discontent. Jealousy. "Is God really enough?""Is He truly giving me all I need?""Why are so many other people better off than me?""Does He love them more?""Don't I deserve ________, too?" As humans it's not uncommon to doubt the goodness and justice of a God we cannot see, especially when we witness people who aren't following Him prospering.     Satan makes us question if God is really enough, if He is truly giving us all we need. And when he fills our minds with these doubts, … [Read more...]

When We Need to Get Back to Work

My to-do list is 10 miles long. Days are overflowing as I move from one chore or activity to the next. And already I feel the pressure of the holiday season creeping in.I wake up early to squeeze in a few minutes of Bible reading and prayer, but I'm so consumed with getting to work on the day's chores that I find myself glossing over passages that would ordinarily bring a man to his knees.I'm far too busy "spinning plates" to let the words I'm reading really sink in. I'm far too full from … [Read more...]

When God Stirs Our Hearts

Fifty years after its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., the exiles began rebuilding Solomon's temple. After only 6 years -- in 530 B.C. -- their work stopped. Frustrated and intimidated by opposition all around them, the Jewish people abandoned the temple rebuilding process, and for over 10 years, construction on the Lord's house came to a standstill.The hearts that God had stirred up to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple only 8 years earlier (Ezra 1:5) had already quieted. The … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Help You Grow in Love for Your Family

Do you struggle to really love your husband & children?Do you want to love your family more but feel you can't?    I've mentioned before that one of my daily prayers is that the Lord will teach me how to love my husband and children more like He loves them. While it's easy to lay the blame on my introverted-perfectionist qualities, the truth is, shortcomings and personality quirks aside, I often neglect to show the little people -- and even the big one -- in my life how much I love them like I … [Read more...]

When We Trust in Everything But God

Feeling secure is essential to my well-being. Knowing I am financially stable, that my health and the health of my family is good, and that we are physically safe all help me breathe easier. You may identify with me.But do I trust in those things instead of the Lord?   As I've been reading the Old Testament prophets, I've been struck by how Israel repeatedly ignored the warnings of coming destruction and exile. Why? I wondered.  What could they be finding security in that kept them from heeding … [Read more...]