Gifts on My Wish List

“What do you like about Christmas?“ I asked my young granddaughter. “Presents!” she replied with a giggle. I wasn’t surprised. I would have answered the same way when I was her age. But now as a grandmother, I have a different perspective. For me, the years of accumulating possessions are waning, and I’d rather downsize and re-gift what I have. But I still enjoy buying gifts for my grandkids and others. Although I’m not looking for packages labeled “To Lydia” {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

In His Name

We read yesterday that God Himself gave Jesus the Name above all Names–A name that brings salvation. Savior. Yahweh saves. The importance of His name connects Christmas with Easter. Throughout all the New Testament, much is done IN HIS NAME, and we are still encouraged to do all things IN HIS NAME. What’s in a name? A lot. In His Name…. We will be hated because of His name The Gentiles will hope in His name Two or three will {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Name Above All Names

Parents-to-be are often asked, “What are you going to name your baby?” There is something delightful and special about finding the perfect name with the right fit, sound, flow, and meaning. We named our firstborn Christine Alane because, like her namesake Alane, she was born at Christmas, the name sounded beautiful and elegant, and it means bright and shining follower of Christ. Mary and Joseph did not get to choose the name of their firstborn; His heavenly Father named Him. {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Faith that Can’t be Shaken, Part 1

Who are your heroes? I want you to think for a moment about someone in your life whom you admire for their spiritual strength. Think of someone you know who has been through hardship or tragedy and yet you’ve been impressed by their steadfast faith in God. Can you think of someone? Have you ever wondered why they can do that? HOW they can be so strong in the midst of tragedy? I have. We have some friends who lost {Read More}

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Winds of Change

Have you noticed the winds of change? Politics, economics, sexual orientation, parenting, religion…everywhere you turn there’s something new and, often disturbing, to learn about. Things are a-changing. When I was a young teen, parents raised their kids; they didn’t expect schools to raise their kids. Boys fell in love with girls, not boys. Women married men, not other women. The constitution was rock solid, not meant to be rewritten whenever we didn’t like something in it. Money was attainable because jobs {Read More}

About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

Strength in Weakness

We hear that God is Jehovah Raphe, the Healer. But what about when we, or someone we love, is not healed? When it seems that the number of our days is unfairly less and we are robbed of significant moments that our contemporaries take for granted? My husband’s best friend Paul has Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Paul is losing motor function from his toes to his head. Soon he will be unable to speak, chew, swallow, and eventually— breathe.  His wife {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Come Soon, Lord Jesus

“In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8 NASB). “Yes, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20 NIV). Years ago, when I learned my 34-year-old sister had developed breast cancer, I felt like someone had hit me over the head with a sledgehammer. A friend stopped {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

A Great Privilege

  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8 NASB Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, sometimes life can be so overwhelming.  There are days when life leaves me doubting and discouraged.  Yet, Your Word tells me that I am to draw near to You, which means to pursue an intimate love relationship with You and this is done by being in Your Word.  You never {Read More}

About Laura Leathers

Laura is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is the founder of Tea Time Treasures, a ministry promoting Biblical Hospitality (www.teatimetreasures.net). Currently she is employed as an administrative assistant within a detention center—ministry in the marketplace. Laura received her Women's Ministry Certificate Advanced Degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Speak Up with Confidence Seminars (Basic and Advanced) and CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speaker Services). Over the years she has served as a Bible teacher, conference speaker and a free-lance writer.

September / October: Jesus Is…Healer and Deliverer

For 2012 our overall theme has been Jesus Is. In January / February it was Jesus Is…Creator God / Alpha & Omega. In March / April we discussed Jesus Is…Redeemer / the Resurrection while in May / June it was Jesus Is…Peace. July and August posts focused on Jesus Is…the Word. As you can see the theme changes every two months. In September and October our theme will be Jesus Is…Healer and Deliverer. While some months the theme may be {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

Standing in Truth

“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The precepts of the LORD are right; rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.”     Psalm 19:7-9 NASB Prayer . . . Gracious Heavenly Father, through the mighty and precious name of Jesus, {Read More}

About Laura Leathers

Laura is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is the founder of Tea Time Treasures, a ministry promoting Biblical Hospitality (www.teatimetreasures.net). Currently she is employed as an administrative assistant within a detention center—ministry in the marketplace. Laura received her Women's Ministry Certificate Advanced Degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Speak Up with Confidence Seminars (Basic and Advanced) and CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speaker Services). Over the years she has served as a Bible teacher, conference speaker and a free-lance writer.