A Sweet Devotion

I am not sure when I first connected with Carey Bailey but I remember thinking she had to be the sweetest person online.  Her smile lights up my computer screen - even in tiny avatar form.  Her tweets are filled with kindness and grace and her blog posts are among the most encouraging words on the internet.  Look at this sweet face: Her "official" bio says this: Carey Bailey is a recovering perfectionist, wife, proud mama and Family Life director for her church in Surprise, Ariz. On the side ... [Read More]

10 Tips for a Great Quiet Time

{FYI ... you may also want to check out 10 (more) tips for a great quiet time.} A great quiet time. We all want one. We all know we need one. The problem is ... we live in this fallen, broken, messy, busy world.   Carving out the time is hard enough.  But figuring out what to do when we have it ... that's an even bigger challenge. Bible in 90 Days, Bible in a Year, the latest study by Priscilla Shirer or Kay Arthur, classic devotions like My Utmost for His Highest or Streams in ... [Read More]

Devotions, Quiet Time, Personal Bible Study. Is It Really Necessary?

Many of us began the New Year with a renewed desire to spend time growing in the Lord.   The problem is ... we don't always know what that means or how to do it.   So we do what we heard all the super spiritual people do and commit to reading the whole Bible in a year and taking notes about all we learn along the way.   We choose a one-year reading plan and jump from Genesis to Psalms to Proverbs and finally to Matthew ... and within a few a few days our enthusiasm wanes and our exhaustion ... [Read More]

My “Quiet Time” Stinks!

Probably because it's basically nonexistent. No need to go into the ugly details ... because I imagine you've been there too. It happens ... and it's happening to me.   Probably related to chaos in my life and the whirlwind of changes we've been facing. Nonetheless, at this point, today, I officially declare, "My quiet time stinks!" And right now, I've decided I'm okay with that.  {i think} Because maybe, sometimes we just need to let go of all the routines and just wait until the Lord ... [Read More]