• Woman reading her bible on rocks by the water.

    12 Encouraging Lessons I’ve Learned From God

    Have you ever stepped back and thought about all the lessons God has taught you over the last year?  I was recently challenged to do this and I decided to accept the challenge because I think it is good to sit back and reflect on our journey with God.   Some of these lessons are new to me. Some I am learning more about. And some I have been reminded of. (And will probably need to be reminded of again in the future.)   As you read through these lessons, I hope they will inspire you to come up with your own list of 12 interesting things God has taught you in the past year.  …

  • Woman looking out over a stormy beach.

    How to Praise God in the Storm

    One rather windy day I drove into our little town and could see whitecaps forming on the lake. I’ve always loved being near the water, so I decided to take a closer look by pulling into the parking lot of a restaurant right on the lake.   As I looked to my left, I saw the angry wind-tossed waves crashing into the breakwater sending droplets of water high up into the air. And then as I turned to my right, I saw all the boats safely secured within the harbor.   The boats seemed blissfully unaware of the turbulence all around them. The wind could not move them because they were tethered…

  • woman looking up

    What to Do When You Are Waiting on God

    God gave Sarah a BIG promise.    After many childless years and many heart-broken tears, God told her through Abraham, He would bless them with a son, and she would be the mother of many nations.   Hearing God’s promise must have made her so happy. But then the months passed by. Then the years. And then the decades.   And somewhere along the way Sarah lost her hope.     One day three men came to visit the couple (many scholars believe these were angels or God himself). And while Sarah was in the tent, she overheard one of them say to Abraham that they would return in a year and she would have a child.    And she laughed.    But…

  • woman praying

    Finding Comfort On Our Darkest Nights

    “Mommy can you pray for me?”, my daughter whispered. I placed my hand on her and prayed a quick prayer for God to help her fall asleep and keep her from having bad dreams. Then I gave her a hug and a kiss. And she went back to bed. My daughter has slipped into my room for years with this simple request whenever she has trouble sleeping or a nightmare wakes her. When she was younger, we talked often about God’s love, prayer, and how we can ask Him for anything. We talked about how she could trust God even on her darkest nights. And so she comes in my…

  • kids walking

    Someone Is Always With My Kids . . . Even When I Can’t Be

    The moment had finally arrived.   I had known it was coming for a long time.   I had made the doctor appointments, gone to the consultations, called the insurance company, and gotten everything prepared for this moment.    But now that it was here, I hesitated.   I reminded myself it was just a minor surgery. I told myself everything would be okay. And yet, when the medical team came into the room and said, “We’re ready.”  I wanted to shout, “But I’m not!”   Instead, I forced myself to step forward, lean over the bed, and give my daughter a kiss as I whispered, “You’re going to do great!”  And then I stepped…