The Bottom Line about Your Quiet Time

Was one of your resolutions or goals for the new year related to time in the Word? Maybe you decided you were going to read the Bible through this year. Perhaps you determined to get up earlier every day so you'd have more time to spend in prayer and Bible study. And, if you made some sort of declaration in this area, it's also likely that you're already finding it hard to stay with it. {I feel ya, I've been there!} Over the years, I have written a lot of posts about quiet times and how ... [Read More]

Surviving Summer with Your Quiet Time Intact

I really meant to write this yesterday. But, summer ... Which, I suppose, just proves my point, right? That summertime can wreak havoc on our very best plans and intentions. So how do we navigate the way summer can change our schedules and still manage to have consistent quiet times? Surviving Summer with Your Quiet Time Intact If you've been reading here for long, you are well aware I am a big advocate of having a daily time of prayer and Bible study. But you also know I definitely ... [Read More]

Feeling Stagnant Spiritually? 3 Ways to Jump Start Your Spiritual Growth

Can I be really honest? I'm in a bit of a slow spot spiritually. It happens to me periodically, those seasons when my quiet time and Bible study seems "flat" and I am really just  going through the motions. Early in my spiritual journey I believed seasons like this indicated I was a failure. But over the years, I've learned this is really just the ebb and flow of discipleship.  There are mountain seasons when the Word is vibrant and I can't wait to dig in .... there are valley seasons when ... [Read More]

Most Popular Posts of 2016

I can't believe we're in the last week of 2016. Y'all, cray-zee. This year flew by, didn't it?? I was looking over the posts I wrote this year and all the topics we've covered around here. The most popular posts covered some of my favorite topics—lopsided living, praying for your daughter, and more. It's been a good year, you know? It's been hard sometimes. But there has also been a lot of joy. The biggest news this year in our house was my book contract with Bethany House. I'm still a little ... [Read More]

IF THIS, THEN THAT: A Simple Guide to Choosing a Summer Bible Study

Have you seen the IFTTT app? Designed to connect every part of our online lives from social media to productivity, from news to healthy living, IFTTT is the answer to it all. Full disclosure, I just signed up for the app this morning so I can't verify that claim. But if it's even half-true, I'm going to love it. :) As I was looking at all my IFTTT options, I started thinking how cool it would be if we could create a formula to help us figure out what is the best Bible study plan to use ... [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]