An American’s Prayer

May our prayer be the same as one of the earliest citizens of the United States: Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

Finding Peace through Prayer

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) “God has given us the privilege of prayer so we won’t worry” ~I stole this beautiful quote from a friend. I can have a visionary mind at times looking frequently {Read More}

I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers

* Affiliate links included. “Now I lay me down to sleep…”  Do you remember the rote prayer we learned as children?  Or maybe you taught your children, “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food.”  There is nothing wrong with teaching a child those simple prayers, but as our children get older we want to teach them how to talk to God about their everyday problems and give Him thanksgiving for the things He is {Read More}

Back to School, Back to Prayer

“Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children” (Lamentations 2:19 NIV). For moms, the first day of school can bring mixed emotions. We may feel a sense of relief that summer’s mess, disorder, and sibling squabbles are replaced with peace, quiet, and time to ourselves. Yet we may feel lonely or anxious about what is happening while our kids are away. What influence will {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."

Praying Specifically for My Husband and Myself

* Affiliate links included. I’m sure we’ve all read or at least heard of The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian. Even if we don’t pray word-for-word the prayers offered in those books, we know the importance of praying for our spouses. A few years ago I came across a powerful prayer for my husband, but it wasn’t until recently that I committed to praying it everyday. (I’m sorry I do not remember the {Read More}

About Hope Wingate

My name is Hope Wingate. I live in Hoschton, GA with my brilliant husband, Jonathan and two incredible children: Aaron who is 7 and Adaira who is 4. I am a very enthusiastic stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. My heart beats for encouraging young mothers and I enjoy lead teaching classes for my local homeschool co-op. In my spare time I enjoy: sewing, rubber stamping, reading and watching BBC shows on Netflix.

Schluss Before Bedtime

In my childhood German-speaking home, Dad called our large family together each evening for Schluss before bedtime. Schluss is a German word that means conclusion or ending. Schluss was our time of family devotions. Dad read a passage from his German Bible. Then we knelt and took turns praying aloud in German, from oldest to youngest. As the youngest of eight, I often fell asleep before my turn came, so Dad changed the order from youngest to oldest, and I {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."

Praying God’s Word for Your Children

One of the most important things we can do for our children is to pray for them.  We started praying for our children before they were even born and now though they are leaving home, our prayers continue to be one of the greatest gifts we can give them.  I learned years ago that praying God word has power.  It is a great way to pray for your children as well.  Here are a few of my prayer verses I {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.

Tips for Prayer: Guard your Heart

Note: Tips for Prayer is adapted from Richard Baxter’s Practical Religion, Chapter 23. Richard Baxter was a prolific writer and a prominent pastor in the 1600s.  The Practical Works of Richard Baxter is a treasure trove of almost 1,000 pages, covering many useful topics relating to Christian living. Hate hypocrisy.  Do not love sin, while seeming to pray against it.  Truly desire the grace for which you ask. Do not be like those lazy wishers that pray to God for an increase {Read More}

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

How to Begin A New Day

Want to know how to begin a new day? Begin by praying the Word… “ . . . Asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience {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.

Threads of Prayer

Years before my birth, God began weaving the fabric of my life with vibrant threads of prayer. Without those threads, I would not have been born. In 1929, Nicolai Siemens, the man who later became my father, was imprisoned in Moscow’s dreaded Lubjanka Prison. As a pastor, he awaited deportation to Siberia. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Illinois, his older brother read in the newspaper, “Russia Deports 2,000 Germans to Siberia Camps.” Sensing his brother Nicolai was among them, he felt burdened {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."