Mortifying Moments & How to Avoid a Major One

We’ve all had them: mortifying moments. Recently as I stirred a huge pot of chili, I recalled one such moment in my life. I was a fairly new wife who covered every detail before company arrived—like cleaning the entire house and working on the meal. One particular day, we hosted my husband’s aunt, uncle, and cousin. I think I served meatloaf, and I still remember my mortification as my cousin-in-law pulled a long hair from his mouth while we ate. Ewwwww! I cringe as I remember. I’m still […]

Freedom from Sins That Chain Us

“I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon, And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.” Isaiah 42:6-7, NASB FREEDOM. I don’t know anyone who would refuse freedom. People around the world—including those of us in the United States—experience different levels of freedom. Sadly, however, some individuals never enjoy liberty despite their desire for it. But when it comes to spiritual freedom, many Christians are trapped in unbelievable […]

Moms & Mentors: Encouragement for the Weary

Photos by Steve Bachman. © 2016. Used with permission.   “I will give Thee thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to Thee before the gods. I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, And give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name. On the day I called Thou didst answer me; Thou didst make me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth will […]

Drawing Near: Able to Forgive

Dear Readers, Holidays can bring out the best in us … and the worst. As we find ourselves enmeshed in all that Christmas involves, undoubtedly we’ll face relationship issues as well. Today’s prayer addresses this unfortunate reality and our need to forgive. It’s true: another person’s brokenness can unravel the fabric of our hearts. Tear us. Damage us. But Jesus is Light and Love. May we invite His Light to search us and His Love to flow through us. May we forgive freely because in Christ, we’re […]