God FIRST

I’ll never forget reading a commentary on Deuteronomy 6:4, the opening verse of what the Jewish people call the great “Shema.” It reads...

A Daily Prayer for the New Year

What a difference it would make in the life of every believer in Christ Jesus if we would follow the single admonition of Paul in Romans...

Prayer should define us

Prayer should define us. Last night I read the one-page opening chapter from the book What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy...

Open Letter to the President

You, Mr. President, cannot save America. Only God can do that. We—you, Mr. President, and those who vote for you—cannot make America...

An Anger Check

I was reading Psalm 106 this morning. Verses 32-33 caught my attention. Here is another insight God is giving us about anger. The two...

Attend to the practical

Shortly after my husband died, I read a book on widowhood by Joyce Rogers. One sentence in her introduction caught me up short and...

Entering with a bang (essays, part 5)

Whew! The main body of the essay is written! Are we done now? Nope. Not yet. So far, we have followed the process of writing an essay...

From Outlines to Paragraphs (part 4)

Step 4 in the writing process is writing the main body of the essay. If you’ve followed Steps 1-3 in writing an essay (see previous...

Read it daily...together

When we first started out, we used a printed Bible curriculum, but I wanted to teach my children the whole scope of the Bible and the...

Guarding Through Formation

I wrote previously (April 2, 2019) that "keepers at home" can also be translated "workers at home." The word keeping carries the...

Outlines: Essay Writing (part 3)

The 3rd step in writing an essay is making an outline. Once you have done a "dump page" and organized all the items on the "dump page" on...

Keepers at home: Disciplining ourselves

I have to confess that as a child, and even (maybe especially!) in my high school years, I was messy. My bedroom was rarely clean....

List page: essay writing (step 2)

Essay writing can actually become fun and fairly easy! Last week I wrote on Step 1 of writing an essay: choosing a topic and making a...

One minute prayer

I felt certain I had already blogged on this, but I couldn't find it this morning. So if this is redundant, I apologize. But then again,...

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

A masterfully written book, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy combines fictional characters with an historical event in Maine. A...

Out with the old, in with the new

For many of us who call ourselves Christians or followers of Jesus Christ, prayer is an afterthought. By that, I mean several different...

Atmosphere of Peace: Music

I may get in trouble for this one, but I'm going to take the plunge anyway. As "keepers or guardians of our homes" (Titus 2:5), we bear...

4 Distinctives of a Christian Home

A couple years ago a friend of mine in Alaska told me how she had challenged her church with a question that went something like this,...

Making Our Homes Employment

As women who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, God calls us to the most important task of being a keeper (guardian) and worker at...