Seven Steps to a Spiritually Sweet Summer

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! — 1 Chronicles 16:9-11 (ESV)

I don’t know about you, but for our family when summer hits, everything changes. For as long as I can remember, since my husband is a schoolteacher, summertime has been a time for slowing down and recovering from an intense year of activity.

5 Tips to Writing a Book People Will Read

Writing a book and writing a book people will read are often two different things. Writing is a craft. It takes practice, and it takes skill, but it takes readers to make it worthwhile. One of the biggest mistakes I see authors make is writing as if they will never write another book. As a result, they cram in all the information they can along with every entertaining story they have.

Filter Events Through a Hope Lens – 28 Ways to Show Love and Hope

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. Hebrews 11:1 TPT

Faith, hope and love are intricately linked. Faith is believing for the impossible. Hope is a confident assurance of a good outcome. Love is the sense of belonging and knowing that we are a family. Hope is hard to hold on to when someone you love seems determined to keep going in the wrong direction. That was our oldest daughter during her teenage years.

Unfathomable Love

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. — Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)

“What makes him special?” asks the radio personality. “I love him so much. He gives me roses,” she shares.

Getting a Hope Infusion

No matter what, I’ll hope in you to help me. Nothing will stop me from praising you to magnify your glory! Psalm 71:14 The Passion Translation

Hope perspective takes practice. It is a life-long habit that can be created through a continual process of recognizing that life goes on, joy returns and dark times enrich your life through adding depth and understanding.

H-Have a Good Cry – ABCs of How to Take Care of Yourself

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 NLT

“Mom, I couldn’t even drive home for a good while because I was crying so hard,” my daughter told me the day after she had gone to help her Dad settle down for the evening while I had an unexpected trip out of town.

The Urgent Need for Self-Care – Who Takes Care of the Caregiver?

I was one of the last ones to board the plane (with unassigned seats, I might add) as I traveled to California recently to care for my father. There were only middle seats available at this point, so I chose the one with two ladies who were slender enough to only occupy their own seat.

Benched

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:31 (NIV)

With sweat streaming down her face, she squatted once again to dig the volleyball and pass it high enough for the setter to position it for spiking over the net.

Stories from Only Ten: Sharing Your House

I had an opportunity to show God’s love in front of his family and friends.  Three months after moving to Atlanta, a friend called my wife to ask if we had an extra room. Jane, a friend of a friend had lost her job and needed a place to stay for a month until she could get on her feet.