Do You Ever Have the Feeling that Prayer Doesn’t Really Work?

Do You Ever Feel As If Prayer Doesn't Really Work?

Prayer is hard work, perhaps because it's hard to quantify. I can spend fifteen minutes praying or fifteen minutes cleaning the bathroom. The results of one are far more obvious than the other--at least in the moment. But what about the long term "results?" And exactly what do we mean when we talk about "results"… Continue reading Do You Ever Have the Feeling that Prayer Doesn’t Really Work?

What Are Spiritual Disciplines and Why Are They So Important?

What Are Spiritual Discipline and Why Are They So Important?

Brushing crumbs off the dining room table, I plunk down my portable pile: Bible, journal, devotional book, another Bible, and they all land with a THUD. The pens go skittering across the table, mirroring my scattered thoughts. Then, pushing my mug of tea out of the danger zone, I settle into reading, my favorite of… Continue reading What Are Spiritual Disciplines and Why Are They So Important?

A Great Alternative to Worry and Two Resources to End Your Ceaseless Striving

A Great Alternative to Worry

Sunday Scripture and Book Talk How much does worry weigh? By my observation, enough to round the shoulders, slow the step, and lengthen the daily darkness. Worry absorbs energy, steals sleep, and dampens conversation. My time spent in public school classrooms warns me that even our children are not immune to worry, for it's not… Continue reading A Great Alternative to Worry and Two Resources to End Your Ceaseless Striving

Join Me in this Heartfelt Prayer of Hope for a Hurting World

Here in rural Maine on an average Saturday, I might pull some weeds while I'm snipping crisp, early-morning lettuce leaves. There might be a carrot cake in the oven, a salad under construction on the counter, and a podcast playing in the background. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, on that very same Saturday, a woman my age… Continue reading Join Me in this Heartfelt Prayer of Hope for a Hurting World

Leadership Qualities Your Son Needs for Today–and Forever!

Leadership Qualities Your Son Needs

Today, I'm writing for The Joyful Life blog in my role as their Boy Mum contributor, but I want to stress that this post on developing leadership qualities in our children is relevant to ALL mums! As mothers, we sit in the seat of influence with our sons.  How we respond to their initiative, their… Continue reading Leadership Qualities Your Son Needs for Today–and Forever!

What Does God Want Me to Know (And to Do!) About My Anxiety?

What does God want me to know about my anxiety?

Sunday Scripture A letter from the IRS claims space in your mailbox. The doctor orders more tests but is light on details or prognosis. Your boss hints that your performance might not be measuring up. Chances are just the suggestion of any one of these scenarios is enough to make your stomach churn and your… Continue reading What Does God Want Me to Know (And to Do!) About My Anxiety?

Bring Your Real Words to the Welcoming Heart of God

The welcoming heart of God is at the center of a praying life.

I woke to the sound of my youngest son calling me.“Muuuum…”  His tone told me everything I needed to know. He was sick, likely nauseated, and he needed help. I sat up in bed, ready to rush to his aid. As my feet hit the floor, my head cleared, and two facts crowded into my… Continue reading Bring Your Real Words to the Welcoming Heart of God

How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

How to Pray for Your Teen

For one short season of our parenting journey, my husband and I felt as if we were hanging on to the reins of a runaway horse. Daily battles over curfews and negotiations around boundary lines had taken the place of warm conversation and laughter around the table. We mourned the loss as we searched for… Continue reading How to Pray for Your Teen When You’ve Run Out of Words

Prayer Warrior Challenge: You Don’t Have to Dread Mother’s Day this Year!

Prayer Warrior Challenge for Mother's Day

Sunday Scripture I remember clearly the momentous day when, deep in the weeds of Toddler Parenting, I realized I could do everything "right" and still end up with a wayward child. I could wear out a blender pureeing fresh veggies. I could teach and expect obedience, model polite manners, sing hymns at the breakfast table,… Continue reading Prayer Warrior Challenge: You Don’t Have to Dread Mother’s Day this Year!

The Startling Difference the Resurrection Makes in Your Following Life

The Startling Difference the Resurrection Makes in Your Following Life

Sunday Scripture On the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring, it's a pretty sure thing that we'll be having ham for dinner. When it comes to Easter, don't confuse the arbitrariness of the celebration's timing with the laser focus of its purpose. Easter is a celebration of resurrection.… Continue reading The Startling Difference the Resurrection Makes in Your Following Life