Self on a Shelf: Challenge #5

At the start of December you began a journey of self-discovery that can carry you into the new year if you’re willing. This week’s challenge involves ongoing thought about how you can care for your family and care for yourself too. This really is possible, but it takes planning, prayer, and determination. With 2016 just a few days…

Destined to Shine

When Jesus was a mere eight days old, his destiny as a Savior was predicted: he would bring joy to some and provoke opposition in others by revealing their evil hearts. Mary was warned that a sword would one day pierce her soul. Joseph was told that Herod wanted to kill their child. What scary information…

Contentment: A real challenge this time of Year

If you’re packing up to travel for the holiday, you probably have a list of must-haves for your trip: snacks, movies, diaper bags, barf bags. Your kids also load the van with blankets, books, pillows, stuffed animals, and electronics. I well remember our 15-passenger van filled to the brim with  creature comforts as we made our annual trek…

Love Your Neighbor Today

Jesus arrived on earth as a baby, but he grew up to be a man with a singular message: Love God. Love your neighbors. Today, we’re going to focus on loving others and we have Jesus as an incredible example of what that means. He left heaven, lived in our broken world, served selflessly, and died…

Serve Today

Asking a mother to serve on purpose may seem like an insult. I know you serve your family every single day. But this week’s challenge is all about sharing your faith with your family. When you serve your husband and children today, I want you to do more than go through the motions like you always…

Reflect on Christ’s Goodness Today

Your challenges for this week involve taking small steps to share your faith with friends and family. Taking your spiritual self off the shelf at Christmas makes sense, right? At a time when materialism swallows up joy and peace, we Christian moms can sustain joy and share it with others. It starts with having some quiet time and…