Forgiving and Forgetting the Past

”Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved…” [Jeremiah 17:14] I always loved the Pike’s Nursery commercial—go dig in the dirt again! To me it spoke of undisturbed, carefree activity. However, you may be one of those people who constantly find it necessary to keep digging up the dirt of past mistakes or failure. Don’t do it! In his book, How To Be Born Again, Billy Graham refers to a story Corrie {Read More}

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A Mother’s Love

In his book No Wonder They Call Him Savior (Multnomah Press, 1986), Max Lucado told the story of a mother and daughter who lived in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of a Brazilian village. Their small house was much like any other on the street. But Maria and her daughter Christina had tried to make the gray walls and dirt floor of the one large room less drab. There was no money for anything better. Maria had been widowed {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss, a book to help those going through the emotional and spiritual upheaval of job loss or underemployment. Her other Christian books are: A Secret Hope (novel), Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times, all available in print and e-book on amazon.com. She has been an editor for several Christian publishing houses and enjoys teaching the Bible.

No Greater Joy

As I prayed at the table, my Bible before me, I opened my eyes to find my eight-year-old son copying me—head bowed and eyes closed, his Bible before him. Not having had our children very long—we adopted them mid-last year, my heart filled with joy at the sight of him taking his first steps toward Truth. It reminded me of 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” Dear {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Come Thirsty

 Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. (John 7:37-38) Read: John 7:37-41 Several years ago I taught a class in my home on how to prepare and serve a three-course tea. Although the women who attended didn’t know me or each other, our hearts blended while sipping tea. Before the women left, I shared that although tea was physically satisfying, it couldn’t satisfy spiritual thirst. “Only Jesus,” I said, “can {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."

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.

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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Walking the Romans Road

When it comes to sharing the how and why of salvation in Jesus Christ believers can sometimes become tongue-tied, shy, and self-conscious. What if I say something wrong? I may say the Scripture wrong? What if I botch it all? My pastor recently spent a Sunday evening service walking our congregation through a well-known method called the Romans Road. It allows believers to share the gospel confidently without worrying “Where was that scripture?” All you need is your Bible and {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.

Eggstra Special Easter Party

Theme: Jesus makes Easter eggstra special–a party for elementary-age children. Invitations: If you are planning to hand-deliver them, consider putting your invitation inside a plastic Easter egg. If you are planning to mail your invitations, use Easter eggs made from construction paper and decorated by children. Front: Come join us Inside: For an eggstra special egg hunt Date: Time: Place: RSVP: Please bring a basket and a dozen plastic eggs. Decorations: The decorations for this party can be anything having to {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.

Blessed Assurance

Before we left for the mission field, my husband and I attended a commissioning service. During the service, all the future missionaries took communion together. As I was reaching for my communion cup, I accidentally knocked it over, spilling the juice onto the floor. I was swept away by the emotionalism of the moment. I remember praying, “Lord, is this a sign that I am going to spill my blood for you on the mission field? I am ready to {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).