• Sunrise over the harbor.

    How to Find Hope In Hard Times

    My kids squealed with glee as they ran into the waves of Lake Michigan. While I unfolded my beach chair and positioned it so that the waves could wash up over my feet.   And I began to worship and pray in that beautiful place.   There is something about the water that invites me into God’s presence. Something about watching my kids delight in His creation that makes my heart want to sing.   The massive expanse of rolling waves, reveals God’s power. The sky above showcases His magnificent artwork. And my children’s laughter echoes my Savior’s own joy at their carefree delight.   Then suddenly a wave washed over my feet.   And the cold…

  • woman holding hand against glass while it rains

    Wrestling with God: 3 ways to trust God when life is hard.

    “I can breathe,” my son said, “It just kind of feels like a piece of food is stuck in my throat.”  A chill of dread washed over me as I heard my 10-year-old son’s response to the nurse’s question over the phone.    Earlier that day my son had been stung by a bee. And now I was rushing him to the ER because hives had broken out over his whole body. At the ER the Benadryl I had given him earlier began to kick in but when we saw the doctor, she still prescribed my son an Epi-pen. Because, as she warned us, the next time his allergic reaction would most…

  • woman asleep on desk with laptop, books, and vase of flowers.

    When You Have Nothing Left

    By: Laura Jane Anslow It was the end of another long day. I was exhausted. I had spent the day saying the same things over and over to my children. Constantly reminding them to be kind and helpful. To show love to each other. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I whispered to the Lord, “When will they learn?” I was reading through Luke 5 and came across the story of the great catch of fish. Simon Peter had been fishing all night without catching a single fish, however, when Jesus approached him the next morning, He tells Peter to go out deeper and cast his nets again.…

  • Woman giving her son a hug.

    God Comforts Us in the Unknown

    By: Meghan Villatoro of Restore Amor, Certified Marriage Coach A few months ago, I had a baby girl. As a mom of three boys, having a little girl this time has been a nice change. Buying pink clothes and finding matching bows and shoes has been so much fun! However, my favorite thing about my baby girl has nothing to do with accessorizing! Every night when I feed her before bed, my daughter grabs my finger, and we hold hands. This is one of my absolute favorite things. When my little girl grabs my finger, it is a moment where all the other distractions are gone, and I can share…

  • Woman smiling with outstretched arms.

    Love Me the Most When I Don’t Deserve It (A story of amazing grace.)

    I grew up going to church. I had a loving family that took me to Vacation Bible School and Youth Group. I grew up watching my parents read their bibles and pray. I recall saying the prayer of salvation a few times. I always thought that maybe the last time my heart wasn’t really into it, so every time they asked if we wanted to say the prayer I thought I had better say it again. You know, just to be safe. I held a “See You at the Pole” prayer event at my school and carried my bible with me to class. But I was lonely. Not many people…