It never changes. God never changes.
Read these verses to help you remember the light of truth in the darkness of night. [Read more…]
I Miss Fluffy Facebook
I never thought I’d miss reading a Facebook post about what someone ate for breakfast or that they’re going to brush their teeth.
But with so much hate and despair spewing out on Facebook and on every place an opinion or thought can be spewed, I long for a mundane post that someone just scooped the poop for their pup.
I miss fluffy posts about kittens.
Society seems intent on ripping itself apart with venomous, hate-filled words and accusations slung far and wide.
Many are ready to declare all hope is gone.
Hate and despair are infecting America like a life-stealing cancer, spreading from coast to coast.
I refuse to give in to that mentality. [Read more…]
Wendy: So…your adventures are over.
Peter Pan: Oh, no. To live…to live would be an awfully big adventure.
~ Hook (1991)
Authors will tell you that without conflict, you don’t have a story.
I’ve got some epic ones for you today.
If it takes conflict to make a story, I guess we’re all living a story because we all face conflict.
Some more than others.
But of course, that just means we all have the chance to live an awfully big adventure.
Faith makes the difference.
It made a life-changing difference in these lives:
That’s how I feel as I face the New Year.
Ah! (Insert Smiley Face)
As the sun sets on 2016 and rises on 2017, let’s look to this exciting truth for our hope and joy this year:
Ah Lord God!
You have made
the heavens and the earth
by Your great Power
by Your outstretched arm!
is too Difficult
Bring on 2017! [Read more…]
I met the most amazing kid, and Focus on the Family let me share his “Are you kidding me?” story.
It started for me when I noticed several jars of pickles sitting on my sister Melissa’s kitchen counter. The label said, “Pickles with a Purpose.” Bahaha! How can you not love that name, right?
Then Melissa began to share the story of ten-year-old Luke Holm and his purposeful pickles.
She told me he’d befriended Tim, a man who happened to be homeless, and that wasn’t ok with Luke.
The part where his new friend lived in his car with his wife wasn’t ok with Luke.
Luke felt God wanted him to buy Tim a house. By selling pickles. And it’s working.
Which is when I uttered the phrase, “Are you kidding me?”
Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine features ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Can we all agree that Luke more than qualifies?
I introduced Luke and his Pickles with a Purpose to the magazine, and they bit. They wanted to tell his story to the world. I got to write it for Clubhouse and share it with you here!
I hope Luke’s story will inspire you to make a difference right where you are — no matter your age.
Start today by sharing Luke’s story with everyone you know.
Somewhere out there is another Luke. The improbable story of Pickles with a Purpose may be the inspiration he or she needs to believe and get started.
But first, enjoy this crazy and inspiring story. Read Luke’s own words and hear his amazing heart:
Dream On, Abi
I laughed at my cat Abi as I sat by the window. He was stalking a hummingbird in the garden.
I laughed and thought Dream on, Abi!
I laughed until he lunged and the bird was gone.
Victorious, Abi sauntered off with his prize. The hummingbird’s tail and beak barely protruded past his sharp teeth.
I bolted to the rescue.
Using my “Aren’t you a good cat” voice, I coaxed him towards me and held out my hand — as if he’d just surrender the bird to me.
She cried herself to sleep in the dark night in a foreign city.
She’d tried to be careful. She’d looked for warning signs.
And now she cried herself to sleep because she’d been wrong.
At least he let her go. Alive. But not until he’d taken from her what he wanted and left her broken. [Read more…]
Ah, the eye of the storm.
That happy, calm place after Armageddon seems to have broken loose and before it’s about to get all crazy again.
A storm may have knocked us upside down for the moment, and we’re thinking “ain’t nobody got time for that.” But God hasn’t been knocked anywhere, especially off His throne.
If you’re feeling all alone in the eye of a storm, remember these three truths:
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