To the Christian Woman Who Is Crippled By Self-Doubt

Lessons from the Life of Moses

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

Self-doubt can be crippling. Trust me. I speak from experience on this one.

I have been struggling with so much self-doubt lately.

Do you struggle with self-doubt? Do you feel that God can't really use you? Are you hesitating to step forward because you are afraid that you will fail?

I am not being the wife and mom that I desire to be, and I feel that I am failing my husband and children.

My homeschooling attempts feel completely inadequate.

Grocery shopping and meal preparations have been far from stellar lately. (Last evening after waiting 45 minutes for my rice maker to make the rice, my 8 year old son checked it and informed me that I had never pushed “start”. For Pete’s sake, how hard is it to make rice in a rice maker? I did get dinner on the table – by 7:20 p.m.)

And this blog? I want to write from my heart. I want to encourage and inspire you to keep on teaching your kids about the Bible. But, the last few days I have been so close to closing it down – because I seriously don’t have what it takes to run this blog.

Do you ever struggle with the crippling effects of self-doubt? Do you ever feel like “throwing in the towel” because you just don’t have what it takes to keep on going?

Do You Really Believe that God Loves You?

5 Lies That Prevent Christians From Fully Knowing God's Love

Do you know, I mean REALLY KNOW that God loves you?

Or, is there just a sliver of a doubt in your mind and heart?

Do you struggle with doubts about whether God really loves you? Are you believing one of these lies that will prevent you from accepting God's love?

When it comes to God’s love, there are times when I doubt, big time.

It is hard for me to believe that God really and truly sees me and loves me.

Because, I know who I am. I know the thoughts in my heart. I know my sins and my failures. I know my own selfishness and pride and anger. And I wonder, “How can God truly love me?”

How to Destroy Your Home in 10 Easy Steps

What does your home mean to you?

Perhaps its your place of refuge and security. Maybe its your greatest financial investment. You probably even spend countless hours making your home as beautiful, clean, and inviting as you possibly can.

You would never take a sledge hammer to the walls of your home. But, are you unintentionally destroying your home in one of these common ways?

You would never grab a sledge hammer and start knocking holes in the walls of your home just for the fun of it.

You would not intentionally tear down your home with your own hands.

And yet, Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”

I don’t think that the foolish woman intentionally sets out to tear her home down with her own hands. She can’t be THAT FOOLISH, right? And yet, whether she means to or not, home destroying is exactly what she does.

5 Ugly Truths Christians are Ignoring About Christian Romance Novels

I am an avid reader.

I love to escape into other worlds, to experience things that I would never otherwise get to experience and to learn things I would never otherwise get to learn – all from the comfort of my own sofa.

Which is why I recently found myself browsing the Christian fiction section of my local library.

It feels so safe to choose a book off the Christian fiction shelf at the library. These are books that won’t have bad language, overt sex scenes, or promotion of bad morals, right?

So, I grabbed a book off the shelf. A book that is a New York Times Bestseller. A book that is advertised as being  about a small town, and not overly romantic.

And I found myself captivated by a romance story that seemed so “innocent” and “safe”, yet ugly dangers were lurking right under the shiny cover.

Are "Christian Romance Novels" actually dangerous? This post includes a set of questions to ask yourself as you read fiction books.

5 Truths to Remember When Family Relationships Go Sour

Christmas and holidays and birthday parties and family celebrations and extended family vacations….

Do these words fill you with joyful expectations and warm fuzzies as you think about your extended family relationships?

Or, would you rather spend time with your dentist undergoing a root canal?

What can we do when family relationships go sour? I love the hope and encouragement in this post!

We choose our friends. We don’t choose our family members. But, for better or for worse, our family members seem to stick with us through life.

What can we do when family relationships go sour?

Wednesday Morning Election Blues

4 Thoughts to Keep You Going When the Election Results are Disappointing

What will be in your heart when you wake up on Wednesday morning?

Lord willing, on Wednesday morning the election cycle will be behind us. We will have a new President.

Many Americans will wake up, rejoicing that their preferred candidate has won. But, many others will wake up to disappointment on Wednesday morning.

Are you discouraged about the elections? Here's some hope!

After such a caustic election cycle, many voters are extremely frustrated with one or both of the candidates.

So, how will you wake up on Wednesday morning?  How can you and I, as Christians, respond to the election results, whether our preferred candidate wins or not?

Building Relationships in a Closed-Door Culture

Moments of rejection stay with us, don’t they?

Are you intentionally putting yourself "out there" to build relationships with your neighbors for the sake of sharing your faith? Here's some encouragement and ideas to help you do just that.

I will never forget the time that I made cookies and took them over to my new neighbor.

It happened on a Saturday, not long after they had moved in. I noticed that my new neighbors were having a garage sale – and I thought it would be the perfect time to go over and introduce myself and welcome them to the neighborhood.

So, I quickly baked some cookies, arranged them on a disposable plate, and walked over to their home.

Looking Up: The Biblical Answer to a Sour Election

Biblical Hope and Encouragement for a Crumbling and Divisive Election Cycle

I love my country, the United States of America. We have freedoms and opportunities here that the rest of the world dreams about.

But, right now we are facing a difficult situation: Two people are vying for the most important position in our country, and, as far as I can tell, they both lack honesty, morality, civility, and … honor.

Discouraged about the election? Wondering if there are any valid choices for Christians? Look Up! God's in control. Here's some hope from Psalm 34.

One of these people will likely become the next President of the United States of America.

As Christians and Americans, we are faced with a dilemma: Do we vote or do we not vote? Should we support the “lesser evil”? What exactly is the “lesser evil”? We are told to vote our conscience – but what does that even mean when all of the options look bleak?