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    Wash your Hands (and Pray)!

    My daughter Emmy just started her first job as a registered nurse this past October. Little did she know that several months later, her floor would be designated as one of the two COVID floors in her hospital; however, God knew it. I am confident He is with her each time she enters a patient’s room. Because Emmy lives with…

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    Push back with Praise

    I want to share a post I wrote for an on-line ministry called Soul Sisters.  If you think you would like this type of a daily devotional and a community of women of faith, I invite you to join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752566431555141/?ref=share Wednesday, March 18 God of Wonders Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His…

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    Need a Retreat?

    I want to extend a welcome invitation to each of you to a retreat that I will be speaking at the first weekend in April. It is called Restore Moms Retreat and it is open to any mom of any age. (That means grandmothers are invited too!). Here are more details from Lisa Samford, the founder of Restore Moms: “Restore…

  • Prayer

    Dialoguing with God

    I came across a great passage on prayer through my current devotional book called Forty Days of Prayer by Kit Cummings. Here are the verses and some of my thoughts: The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you…

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    How to be on the Same Page

    I have a friend who expressed how she wished that her family could somehow all be “on the same page” with each other. Oh how I want that for my family as well! I’m sure you may feel this longing about your loved ones, or your co-workers, or even the people you serve with in ministry. One way to bring…

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    Waiting with ….

    My daughter Maggie is due with her first baby any day now. Her sister Emmy came to Chicago for a few days, hoping to be present for the birth, but little Hally Christine isn’t quite ready to make her grand appearance… yet. We’re all waiting. Waiting is hard, isn’t it? I know we all have had circumstances that have brought…

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    Theme Verse for 2020

    Not too long ago, I came across one of my favorite Bible stories. It’s found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-22. I encourage you to take three minutes to read it. To paraphrase, Judah was being attacked on all sides. King Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3). He called the people of Judah together and lifted…

  • Celebrating Christmas

    The Privilege of Cradling Christ

    I have a collection of manger scenes, some small, some large, all unique. I love getting them out each year and finding a special spot for them. For some reason, as I have looked at these over the last couple of weeks, my eyes have been drawn to the manger bed that holds the Christ-child. How strange to focus in…

  • Celebrating Christmas

    Humble Thoughts about the Humble One

    As we are now in the thick of the holiday season, the propensity to be distracted by so many things increases by the day, so much so that we lose focus of the one thing we are celebrating (see Luke 10:41-42). Let’s face it, we are a frantic and frazzled people, all in the name of Christmas. Today, I’m hoping to pull you…

  • All Writings,  Seasonal Wreaths

    Fall Wreath of Thankfulness

    My interior decorator friend Madelaine and I have another wreath to add to our seasonal collection. All of these wreaths, Holiday Wreath of Hope, Winter Wreath of Peace, Spring Wreath of Grace, and Summer Wreath of Life, bear a spiritual significance to their intentional elements. Here is the Fall Wreath of Thankfulness: Start with a grapevine wreath. All our wreaths…