During election years, I often wish I could drown out the endless political noise. The mudslinging, the anger, the debates barely worth watching—it’s all a bit maddening. Then, of course, one has to make a decision as to which candidate is best (although, more often than not, it feels like voting for "the lesser of… Continue reading Shining Your Light During An Election Year
Since I've started publishing scripture writing plans, I've had a few questions about how these plans work. There really isn't a set method for scripture writing, but I would love to share both what I have done and what others have done to get more engagement with God's word. Scripture writing (a.k.a. copying scriptures) is… Continue reading How to Use Scripture Writing Plans
Love. It is likely the most overused and misapplied word in the world. Most of the time, love is referred to in the context of romantic love, followed by filial love, and enjoyment of something. Romantic love, in particular, is glorified in our stories and music. It is worshipped. Idolized. Like all idols, however, romantic… Continue reading Steadfast Love: Scripture Writing Plan for February
"Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.... they are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful." Mark 4.7, 18-19,… Continue reading The Danger of Apathy
When it comes to "working for the Lord" we often think of preaching, teaching, praying, studying, hospitality, etc. Is that the only work we do for the Lord? What attitude are we supposed to carry into our jobs? Our homes? Our schools?
"If I am to love the Lord my God with all my mind, there will not be room in it for carnality, for pride, for anxiety, for the love of myself. How can the mind be filled with the love of the Lord and have space left over for things like that?" ~ Elisabeth Elliot… Continue reading Set Your Mind: Scripture Writing Plan for January 2020
The choice to homeschool should not be taken lightly. It demands a significant amount of time, prayer, and patience. Whether you are a newbie homeschooler or a veteran in need of inspiration, I hope the following resource list will be helpful! Getting Started When I initiated homeschooling in 2011, I didn't even know where to begin.… Continue reading Tools for Homeschooling for Newbies & Veterans!
During this festive season, one of the buzzwords you'll see on ornaments, t-shirts, and farmhouse chic boards is "joy." We are surrounded and bombarded with this concept of "joy," particularly as we gear up to celebrate Christmas, but do we as Christians understand joy? Do we grasp what it means to "rejoice always"? When the… Continue reading Joy Inexpressible: December 2019 Scripture Writing Plan
I’ve seen phrases like “thankful” or “grateful” or “blessed” on t-shirts, jewelry, hashtags and more. It’s great that people are proclaiming these attitudes, but it takes more than a catch-phrase to have a truly thankful heart. Can I give thanks when my heart is broken? Can I be thankful when my finances are shot to… Continue reading Choosing Thankfulness
"I" problems are nothing new.
There's a lot of discussion regarding the "I" problems among Christians today, particularly in a culture still learning to navigate social media. So much emphasis is placed numbers---number of likes, number followers, number of shares, dollars earned, etc. The "self" focus has become even more pervasive. It's slipping into Christian music and books. It's becoming deeply ingrained in church culture, particularly in America.
It's time to shift our focus.