What Will Your Legacy Be?

Will It Involve Grape Scented Smiley Face Stickers?

Now, first of all, you have to understand that I grew up in the 1980’s.

Which means that we had to compensate for our complete boredom (caused by a deplorable lack of technology) with other forms of entertainment.

Like smelling things.

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Everything was made to be smelly in the late 80’s –

Not to be outdone by Strawberry Shortcake dolls, My Little Pony came in fruit scents…

Every Mr. Sketch marker smelled like its color…

and Scratch and Sniff stickers were ALL THE RAGE.

Are You Measuring Your Worth By Your Success?

A Call to Faithfulness Over Success

Do you measure your worth by the amount of your success in life? Do you look at other people’s success and feel that you just don’t measure up?

This is such an easy trap to fall into, especially as parents.

Do you measure your worth by the amount of success you have in your life? God measures your worth by your faithfulness, not your success.|Are you Measuring Your Worth by Your Success?|Path Through the Narrow Gate

Here’s a fascinating thought: God doesn’t measure our worth by our successes, but by our faithfulness!

In fact, many of the heroes of the Bible are people who didn’t have great success. Rather, they are people who stayed faithful to God.

3 Ways to Pray for Your Children’s Spiritual Leaders

If you are like me, you probably pray for your children frequently.

But, when was the last time that you prayed specifically and earnestly for the spiritual leaders in your children’s lives?

Are you praying for your pastor, Sunday School teachers, VBS leaders? These people are speaking truth into your child's life, and they need your prayers!|Path Through the Narrow Gate.com

Pastors, missionaries, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School leaders, Awana leaders, school teachers – These people are ready to come alongside us and speak truth into our children’s lives.

And, they definitely need our prayers!

Does Prayer Seem Like an Overwhelming Chore?

Practical Steps to Take When Prayer Seems Overwhelming

Here’s a secret about prayer:

Sweeping the floor is easier than praying.

No, seriously! It really is.

And sweeping the floor is a really good thing to do. In fact, it is necessary.

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The problem is that sweeping the floor doesn’t have eternal results. At least, not in my house.

Prayer, on the other hand? Prayer has ETERNAL results.

Is Life Not Going the Way You Thought It Would?

Lessons from Peter About Crushed Expectations

Are you struggling with unmet expectations?

Is life not going the way you thought it would? How can Christians deal with crushed expectations? Lessons from Peter...

For Example…

You expected your spouse to notice your needs and meet them… but he didn’t, and you are filled with resentment.

You expected to have a successful career… but years of hard work have slipped away unnoticed and you feel like you are at a dead-end.

You expected to be able to lose some weight… but you still haven’t lost it and you feel like a failure.

You expected to have a happy family… but infertility, chronic illness, or divorce have sucked the life out of your dreams, and you wonder if your faith in God has been misplaced.

What can we do with the disappointment, frustration, anger, and resentment of unmet expectations?

Where can we go when life just isn’t going the way we thought it would?

To The Mom Who Is Exhausted, Depressed, and Completely Overwhelmed…

5 Lessons from the Prophet Elijah

Before I had kids, I knew exactly what kind of a mother I wanted to be.

You know, the kind of mother who kept a perfectly clean house, who served delicious and nutritous meals, who had fun with her kids and never raised her voice.

I wanted to be a super-mom. I wanted to be the best mom that the world has ever seen.

If you are exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed, and even resentful, you are not alone. Elijah felt this way too, and God's response might surprise you!|Lessons from Elijah

But nine years and three kids into this parenting journey, and I find myself hiding in the bathroom with the door locked, longing for just a couple of moments of peace. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed at my unmet expectations, and maybe even a little resentful of my circumstances.

The Extremely Important Question that NO ONE Talks About

I recently came across a fascinating and sobering question asked by Jesus Himself, a question that is of eternal importance.

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction.|The Extremely Important Question That NO ONE Talks About

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction to Christians.  Yet, I don’t ever hear people talking about it.