Praying for Our Schools: What Would Our Students Pray for?

I remember putting my hand over my heart every morning and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the thrill of eating ice cream cups on special days. I remember the cliques and even worrying about who liked who all the way back in kindergarten. School. I remember the joys and the struggles.

This year, I want to remember to pray all year long for our country’s schools. No matter what grade they are in, teachers and students face struggles, dangers, and pressures. It grieves my heart to think that ... 

 

 

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Worshipping God through Our Creations

Guest blogger and friend Tessa Emily Hall shares about writing and how to keep it God-centered. If you write fiction or non-fiction (or if you paint, draw, sing, or serve God in any way), I hope you find inspiration and motivation to write and serve for a special purpose! Now from Tessa…

I first discovered my love to create when I was a toddler. Every time I was bored I would ask my mom, who was an art teacher, to lead me into a new craft. The stirring to create grew each time I completed a new project that consisted of finger-painting, play-dough, or even making a doll out of paper and stuffing it with napkins (my mom didn’t help me with that one ;)).

However, when I was three, my desire to make crafts transformed into a new desire to create stories when my mom suggested that I write a book. I began filling pages and pages with illustrations, dictating my stories to her.

That drive to create never faded. ... 

 

 

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Broken but Priceless in God’s Eyes: An Interview with Erin Elizabeth Austin

Last week, Erin Austin guest-blogged for me about waiting on God. This week, I want you to hear her story. In this interview, you will see her heart for people, the amazing ministry she has, and the storm in her life that propelled her in a new direction. When you receive surprising news or go through a storm beyond your control, there is always hope, and God is able to do amazing things. He has done amazing things in and through Erin. Her brave spirit and powerful words inspire me, and as you read, I believe they will inspire you too.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What makes you uniquely you? (Are you a secret rock star? A glorious painter? A super nanny?)

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a unique person, but trust me when I say you don’t want to see me paint! I can’t even draw a good stick person. Having said that, I’m actually quite good at crafts, decorating, and making things beautiful, including the things that most people consider to be trash. It’s one of my specialties, well, that and entertaining children. I started working with children when I was a teenager. I’ve done everything from working as a camp counselor to being a house parent in a children’s home. I suppose that’s why my nephews are my three favorite people. There’s nothing quite like spending time with a child and helping him realize how special he is.  

 

 

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Waiting on God: Seeing the Hidden Blessings

I have felt recently like I’m in limbo. Waiting has become a habit of life, but not one I usually get excited about. That’s changing.

When we wait on God, we get His blessings down the road, but more importantly, we get Him now. We seek Him harder than we would have otherwise. We understand better who He is and what’s He capable of doing. Maybe at first, we cling to Him because we think that’s our only option. But then we want to cling to Him and follow Him more than pursuing our own whims and selfish desires. Our dependence on Him grows, and we want what He can make out of our lives, not what we can do with it. 

 

 

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Bloom

 

I’m waiting for it to bloom. My dad surprised me by planting a hydrangea bush in the flower beds. What’s the color of the future buds? Blue, my favorite.

Right now it’s just a stubby little stick. But it’s taller than it was a month ago. If you didn’t know it was there, you would probably step on it if you were weeding the beds. Little but stout.

Some hopes of mine are little and stubby, but I trust God that they will bloom. ...

 

 

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Today's Season

What season are you in?

Are you in a waiting season? Are you waiting for something to happen, but working hard while you wait?  

Are you in a go-get-‘em season? Is the door open for you to pursue a dream and God is leading you so fast you have to run to keep up with Him?

Are you in a quiet season? A time of peace and relief. Or are you in a loud, crazy season ...

 

 

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Happy July 4th

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

Here's a few thoughts about July 4th and our country, and some heartfelt prayers.

 

 

 

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Not Alone: A Promise for God’s Children

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

On life’s journey, you don’t travel alone.
On every steep path, in every dark turn, you have a Companion for the road.
He shares each step with you, shining His light on the next step and the next.

In life’s race, you don’t run alone.

 

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