My Favorite Devotionals

My Favorite Devotionals

  I often get asked, what do you do in your quiet times with the Lord? I’ve written several posts about how I spend that time, but today I want to focus on one of the first things I do to get started. I like to begin my time with the Lord by reading a short devotion. It quietens my heart, brings my focus to Him, gets me thinking, and moves me into a time

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Going Deeper in Discipleship

Going Deeper in Discipleship

What do you do with someone who is grounded in her faith and wants to be discipled? In a previous post, Discipleship 101, I shared about the materials I use with a new believer or someone who doesn’t have a solid foundation for her faith. Today, I want to share what I use with someone who has the foundation and wants to grow deeper in her walk with God.   When I disciple someone at

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Thankful for Moms

Thankful for Moms

I remember several times as a child when I wanted to trade my mom in for a new one. But over the years, I have come to value my mom and the tough love she showed me at times when I needed it most. I wouldn’t trade her for any other mom in the world today. This weekend we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. (We should be honoring them every day of the year,

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Running the Race

Running the Race

Several years ago, I ran a 10K race. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I almost quit after five miles, but thanks to a friend running beside me, I finished the race. Jenny wouldn’t let me quit, and she spurred me on step by step that last mile. Painful? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. The Christian life is a race, and there are times we want to quit running and sit on

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You’re a Mess!

You’re a Mess!

“What’s wrong with you??? You’re a mess!” Those words came out of my mouth in frustration this past Tuesday morning. No, I wasn’t speaking to a child or to myself. I was talking to my sweet cat Hobson. In the midst of trying to have some quiet time with the Lord that morning, Hobson was a definite distraction. He was chewing the cord on the lamp. I unplugged the lamp. He tried to put his

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Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Are you believing any lies this week? Lies that the world is trying to convince you as truth, or lies that Satan is desperately attempting to get you to believe? When I was on staff with Cru years ago, Ney Bailey wrote a book called Faith is Not a Feeling. I still apply truths from that book some 30 years later. She taught us to identify what we’re feeling, but then write out the truth

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Discipleship 101

Discipleship 101

Why do we not see more discipleship taking place around us? One of the reasons I hear most often is that people don’t know how to disciple others or what to do with them. Where do I begin? Do I take her through a curriculum? If so, what would I teach her? Do we just hang out and talk? I like to start at the same place with everyone I disciple – laying the foundation

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I Love You, Jesus

I Love You, Jesus

A Guest Post by Katy Kauffman: Katy is a friend of mine who shares a love for writing Bible studies and pointing others to Jesus.   I love You, Jesus. You wrapped Yourself in human flesh, fragile and weak. The Mighty God became a man, the Creator became as the created. You were patient with the passage of time. You grew up, learned, and read the Scriptures. You taught the temple teachers. You never chose

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Social Media: A Blessing or Curse?

Social Media: A Blessing or Curse?

Is social media helping us or hurting us today? I admit that I enjoy social media. I am on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. But I don’t know how to tweet, and I don’t use Pinterest (I know – some of you are in shock!). I just recently got on Facebook after years of saying I never would. But I wanted to stay in touch with friends and family and reconnect with friends all over the

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No Regrets

No Regrets

I just returned from a trip to Israel. What an incredible time of studying and walking through the land where our Savior walked. God taught me much during the days in Israel, and I’m still processing everything. One morning we went to Masada, and several in our group wanted to hike to the top. I went back and forth – should I attempt it or not? Finally, I decided to go for it. About 15

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