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]

3 Steps to Praying God’s Word—Inform, Inspire, Inscribe

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by prayer? Does praying God's Word seem like something you're neither equipped nor qualified to do? I totally understand! But here's the good news—you can learn how! Praying Scripture isn't as difficult as you might think. Over time I've learned how to allow the Bible to inform and inspire my prayers and then to use it as a foundation to inscribe them—in my prayer journal, as I pray aloud, and most of all, in my heart. 3 Steps to Praying God's Word Scripture ... [Read More]

{ABIDE Day 1} Acknowledge Him First

Happy New Year! While I can't really believe it is 2016, I'm excited about what the coming year will bring. And it all starts with this, my first series of 2016 ... If you're like me, you have already failed in your resolution to eat better and hit the gym in 2016. {I really am going to start next week! Honest!} It's so easy to find ourselves discouraged when our dreams for the new year collide with our reality. And, so, it's possible that you are reading this on the first Monday of 2016 ... [Read More]

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Can you believe we're less than a week away from 2016? This year feels like it passed so quickly.  All those moms who smiled at me when my girl was a baby and said, "Don't blink!" were so right!!  My girl will turn 16 in less than two months.  What??  {I find this most amazing since I haven't gotten any older at all since she was born. haha!} I looked over all the posts I wrote in 2015 and made a list of the top ten {measured by numbers of page views and social media sharing}. So, here ... [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]

3 Ways to Cope during Busy Weeks

Too blessed to be stressed and too busy to rest? Welcome to the reality for most Christian women. Desperately trying to be on the go and in the Word — and exhausted. We don’t need one more plan for ordering our days or one more list for accomplishing more. We need someone to whisper, “It’s okay. You’re okay." Can I tell you something important? Busy isn't necessarily bad. Jesus was busy. He was on the go. And, much like the mom with little ones, someone was always wanting something from ... [Read More]