Resource Recommendation: (in)courage Devotional Bible

People ask me all the time about Bibles. Usually they ask me what Bible they should get. I know a lot of people have one answer they give to everyone. But when someone asks me, I always have a bunch of questions for them before I can give an answer. Finding the right Bible for you isn't always easy. I've learned that different Bibles can serve different purposes in different seasons of life. In fact, I've discovered, for myself anyway, I use a multiple Bibles almost every day for different ... [Read More]

My Favorite Advent Devotionals and Books

My favorite resources for preparing myself, taking stock of my soul, during the Advent season: God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas — This year will be the sixth year I have used this book as my guide through Advent. My dear friend Kristin sent me a copy after she used it in 2012 and it has been, second only to the Bible, the book I love the most at Christmas. I have the original hard cover but there is a less expensive reader's edition as well. Come Let Us Adore Him ... [Read More]

10 Tips for a Great Quiet Time {2016 Update!}

In 2012 I wrote a post with tips for a great quiet time ... since then, it's been shared, pinned, tweeted, and viewed thousands of times. It's a great post and I still believe every word of it. But, Ithought it might be time for a little bit of updating and adding some new ideas and resources for those of us who find having this daily time in the Word overwhelming or intimidating ... and maybe even a word of encouragement for those who might wonder if it even matters at all. {Here are some other ... [Read More]

An Invitation to Choose Wisdom

My most consistent prayer is for wisdom.  Time and again I find myself crying out to the Lord for the discernment and understanding necessary to navigate life.  I cling to the words of James, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. I claim the promise of that verse knowing my desire for wisdom is pleasing to the Lord. About 15 years ago, I began a practice I'd heard Billy Graham used as well — reading a chapter of ... [Read More]

Jesus Calling: One of my Favorite Devotionals

{This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.} I offer rest for your soul, as well as refreshment for your mind and body. {Jesus Calling, August 19} I'm not really sure when or where I received my first copy of Jesus Calling, I just know once I opened the pages I was captivated. For years I've been personalizing Scripture in my prayers ... but hearing the words of Scripture personalized as a message to me ... [Read More]

Quiet Times, West Wing, and Being Invaded

Wow! Yesterday's post spoke to several of you. Thanks for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I loved the comments on Instagram too ... gotta love getting a "Boom!" about a post! {Thanks, Stef! And I loved this post she wrote about moms needing their own Bible time.} I've often wondered why my most popular posts are about quiet times and Bible studies. I think is has to do with this one thing: We desperately want someone to tell us we're doing it right! I am amazed at how many ... [Read More]