Chili & God’s Grace

To say my youngest son Colson is a finicky eater is to say Argentina was excited when their countryman became pope  this spring. I don’t know how Pope Francis would have handled a child excusing himself from the dinner table to go to the restroom again and again and again, but at the third “I gotta go to the bathroom”—spoken with a mouthful of chili—I rightly suspected Colson was emptying into the potty from another bodily orifice. Colson’s entire food {Read More}

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Crafted by God

I heard a pastor during his sermon tell the story of a young boy who worked hard to make a beautiful sail boat.  He handcrafted the wood to make it smooth and watertight.  He painted the boat with his favorite colors and made a sail for the little vessel then took it to a community lake to enjoy an afternoon of fun.  The boat floated beautifully on the top of the lake’s surface.  As the gentle wind blew, the boat {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

Giving Grace

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” {Romans 15:1] It was one of those moments that you wish could last forever—evening was closing in as dusk dimmed the light of day. I stood in the garden enjoying the cool breeze of evening when suddenly a young doe leaped across the road, then turned and stood watching the way she had come. My eyes followed her gaze and there on {Read More}

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Accepting My Pesky Imperfections

I spoke. She took notes. Toward the end of our session, she asked, “What is the most important thing you said today?” I said many things in that hour-and-a-half. But to pick one and have to repeat it? I pondered her question aloud: “What is the most important thing I said today?” I searched my mind and I knew what I needed to say, but I didn’t want to. She waited. I sighed. “I don’t feel loved for who I {Read More}

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Ketchup and Mustard, Please

I stretched my hair net over my curls, washed my hands, and put on gloves. As I walked to the serving station, my eyes scanned the room. Raining and storming outside. A couple hundred people inside. People. Young. Old. Black. White. Down on their luck. Homeless. A booming voice emerged out of the crowd, “Let us pray.” I bowed my head and listened. In my heart, I prayed, “Lord, please multiply this food.” And so it began. Burgers. Fries. Bread. {Read More}

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Lord, Help My Unbelief!

So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.

Faithful Grace

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9) Every morning when my feet touch the floor I humbly thank God for another day that He’s given me to be up and about. Since my lightning accident, I vividly remember many days when I’ve been too sick to get out of bed. There have been times when I have wondered if I would ever be able to {Read More}

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His Grace Can Heal

“I am my beloved’s And his desire is toward me.” Song of Solomon 7:10 Keeping the main thing the main thing means accepting ourselves as we are—but we are often more concerned with creating a self-improvement program for others than accepting our own weakness.   Our weakness has only one cure or place of added strength and that is repentance that brings an awareness of God’s love and acceptance. Tears must first precipitate the joy that comes in the morning.  “Weeping {Read More}

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God’s Grace Teaches Us to Say ‘No’

” For the grace of God that brings salvation…teaches us to say “No”… [Titus 2:11] To grow anything requires order…have you ever tried to plant something in the ground and then expect it to grow…no preparation…no fertilizer…no thought of sun or shade?  I have…it doesn’t work, the poor plant struggles and at best is weak and crippled and at worst dies.  However when there is knowledge and application, growth follows in an orderly fashion.  Likewise, when there is proper planning, {Read More}

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Teaching Contentment in a Discontented World

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” I Timothy 6:6-7 This summer spend some time examining gratefulness and contentment in the hearts of your children. A few goals to work through this summer would be: Make plans to use your home to show hospitality to someone God lays on your heart. Trust God’s sovereignty that He has entrusted you with the income and possessions to {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis