When No One Notices or Says Thank You {Matthew 20}

When No one notices or says thank you

  As I walk into my daughter’s bedroom, I pick up dirty laundry from the floor. I carry it to the bathroom chute and drop it in, then hang some towels and wipe up a toothpaste mess. I proceed into my son’s room for some straightening and then to my own. Downstairs, I empty 2 trashcans and a laundry basket and a suitcase from my husband’s business trip that week. Thousands of times, I’ve picked up dirty laundry, straightened towels and emptied trash cans – virtually unseen. Of course when I don’t do these things – everyone sees the overflowing […]

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When Your Church Splits and Your Heart Breaks

When your church splits and your heart breaks

It was 1995.  I was away at college when my mom said on the other end of the line – “there’s trouble at church.  We might be leaving.” WHAT? My beloved church? The one where I had spent all my Jr. High and Sr.High Years learning and growing in Christ. Basically – my most profound years of growth in my spiritual walk that led me to to Bible college. Leaving??? My safe haven away from public school. The place where I sang songs of worship with my best friends, went on missions trips yearly and learned how to share my faith. The […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 16-20}

GMG Resources Matthew 16-20

We have passed the half-way point of Matthew! Can you believe it? And wow – what an amazing book packed with so much love and truth! Here’s this week’s Bible Reading Plan: This week’s Group Discussion (and personal reflection) Questions {A special thank you to the GMG leadership team who created these for us – Misty, Mandy, Rosilind and Bridget}: {Per your request – the Discussion Questions are now printable!}  This week’s Meditation & Memorization Verse:   Print just 1 copy (pictured above) or print 4 copies (pictured below) on one page. Join Us! EVERY weekday morning at 7:45am on Facebook to discuss […]

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The Secret to Finding Rest {Matthew 11 & 12}

The Secret to Finding Rest

  I read somewhere that the Chinese pictograph for busy is two characters -a heart and killing. Isn’t that appropriate? The clock ticks fast everyday as I move from breakfast dishes, to lunch dishes, to dinner dishes and then back to breakfast time once again.  The calendar pages flip fast and before I know it we are saying “Happy New Year” once again! And there at the end of the year, as I’m exhausted from holiday expectations…I feel it…the heart killing. And so hope is restored on January 1st.  When the slate feels clean and a new year begins.  The […]

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The Hearts at Home Conference {at a glance}

Lysa Terkeurst and me at Starbucks.

I just had an amazing weekend at the Hearts at Home Conference! This same conference with all the same speakers will be traveling to Rochester, MN this November 13th and 14th! This picture includes most of the speakers: Dr. Gary Chapman, Jill Savage, Lysa Terkeurst, Karen Ehman, Dannah Gresh, Arlene Pelican, Ruth Schwenk, Juli Slattery, Sara Horn, Rachael Carman, Kelly Donlea, Tracy Eyster, Marianne Miller and me! It was scary…exhausting…insightful…and amazing! Let’s start with the scary part.  I spoke two times for 45 minutes on Friday and 3 times for 45 minutes on Saturday.  That is scary my friends! Lol! You […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 11-16}

good morning womans with cup of fragrant coffee on balcony

It is Monday again and it’s time to begin Matthew chapters 11-15!  At the end of this week we’ll be halfway through Matthew! Can you believe it? Here’s this week’s Bible Reading Plan: This week’s Group Discussion (and personal reflection) Questions {A special thank you to the GMG leadership team who created these for us – Misty, Mandy, Rosilind and Bridget}: {Per your request – the Discussion Questions are now printable!}  This week’s Meditation & Memorization Verse: This one is simple but profound.  What area in your life do you need to exchange your fears for faith? Do it! Print […]

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The Right…& Wrong Way to Pray {Matthew 6}

the right and wrong way to pray

I am at the Hearts At Home Conference right now with thousands of women!  Friday and Saturday I’ll be speaking in 5 sessions and as of 2 weeks ago over 1,700 women were signed up for my workshops – eeeeek – pray for me, I’m so nervous! I apologize I could not write my Friday post BUT I have a video for you. Before I start the video, I want to mention that Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 the wrong way to pray.  He says, 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love […]

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My Greatest Teacher


Today (March 11th) my greatest teacher turns 12 years old! My first born son, Alexander, has taught me more than anyone else about sacrifice, enduring love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience, joy, self-control, anger, endurance, obedience to God, and humility. In just twelve short years, this little guy has taught me lessons I have needed to learn to mature in my walk with God. Psalm 127:3 says “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” This boy – this little boy that God has given to me for a short time – is my reward. Some days are so rewarding. […]

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Good Morning Girls Resources {Matthew 6-10}

Teen girl sitting with a laptop

How did your study in Matthew 1-5 go?  I hope you found us on Facebook and Instagram because there was so much daily encouragement and sharing happening there!  It was great!  (If you missed it this past week – you’ll find the links at the bottom of this post.) This week’s reading is Matthew 6-10. It is going to be amazing! I cannot wait to get to it! If you don’t have it yet…Here is the Matthew Printable Bookmark: {Click here to Print this Bookmark} Here is the free printable Matthew eWorkbook for logging your SOAK study: Here’s this week’s […]

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Is Christianity a Crutch? {Matthew 5}

Is Christianity a Crutch

Some people say Christianity is a crutch and it’s intended as an insult. In our self-reliant, independent, pull yourself up by your boot-straps culture, this is offensive. Last December, I shared about my son’s foot surgery which included a bone graph and metal implant.  Following the surgery, he wore a cast and then a walking boot and now is walking quite well. Praise the Lord! So guess what that means? It’s time to do surgery on the other foot!  Later this month, we will do it all. over. again. (Please pray for us!) When Alex began using his crutches, he was slow […]

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3 Timeless Truths Of Marriage

Unveiled wife book

I am so excited to have my friend Jen, the Unveiled Wife, here as a guest writing about 3 Timeless Truths of Marriage. Jennifer Smith began UnveiledWife.com, a web-based ministry for wives, in March 2011. She publishes weekly marriage articles including encouragements, devotions, and prayers of the day. She authored The Unveiled Wife, Wife After God, and 31 Prayers For My Husband. She is passionately devoted to encouraging wives all around the world to develop God-centered marriages. Jennifer and her family reside in Central Oregon.  Jen writes: The marriage relationship is one of beauty, but often times includes heartache and […]

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March Bible Reading Plan & Intro to Matthew

March Bible Reading Plan

Today we begin our study in the book of Matthew {cue the confetti!}. The author Matthew, also called Levi, left his job as a tax collector to become a disciple in Matthew 9:9: “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.“ The Gospel of Matthew was written to the Jews. Matthew focused on the fulfillment of the Old Testament, quoting it 62 times, more than any other gospel writer. For those of you color coding (see chart below), […]

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