Secrets of the Wise Men’s Journey

When God seems distant, people discourage you, and your journey of faith ends in disappointment...

Have you ever felt God calling you to step out in faith and obedience … only to be discouraged by the people that you thought would support you?

Have you ever been excited to obey God… only to find, halfway through the journey, that God seems distant and your soul is growing weary?

After stepping out in obedience to God, have you ever found yourself in a completely unexpected place, wondering if God really does have the situation in control?

Does God seem far away? Are you full of doubts? Is your heart burdened with disappointments? This is such an encouraging post!

There is risk in obedience to God. There is vulnerability in true worship. Obedience to God’s call to worship will set you apart, make you different from the people around you. True worship will open you up to derision and scoffing. Obedience will cost you time, energy, money, and even relationships.

But it will be worth any cost. Oh, will it be worth it!

Three Surprising Benefits of Gratitude

May I get onto a personal soap box for just a moment?

Thanksgiving: It’s supposed to be a day to give thanks, right? I mean, it’s kind of like in the name… right?

But, far too often (at least in my family), all of the focus seems to be on the Turkey, the cranberry sauce, and maybe even football.

In fact, the current trend seems to be relabeling Thanksgiving as “Turkey Day”.

And, opening stores with “Black Friday” deals starting on Thanksgiving so that, instead of taking time to give thanks for what we have, we can rush out and try to find satisfaction in more stuff? I am not a fan.

What has happened to the concept of pausing to give thanks for all of the wonderful gifts that God has given to us? When did gratitude become a chore, something that we roll our eyes and do out of obligation before diving into the food?

Did you know that Gratitude not only has the power to bless the giver of the gift - but also the receiver and even the people outside of the gift? 3 Surprising Secrets About Gratitude

Do we even know how to be grateful? Maybe it’s something we should spend some time thinking about and learning.

Because, here’s the amazing truth: Gratitude has some really surprising benefits!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Activities, Traditions, and Table Decor

Amazing Ideas to Add Meaning and Enjoyment to Thanksgiving, Even If You Have NO TIME and NO MONEY

Do you need some last minute Thanksgiving ideas?

I often wait until the last minute to come up with ideas for the holidays. Then, I do a quick search on pinterest and am overwhelmed by the projects – projects that require days to complete, lots of materials that I don’t have money to buy, and more “crafting” skill than I will ever have.

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This list is not like that.

The ideas in this list can be pulled together quickly with inexpensive materials that you probably already have on hand.

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?

3 Halloween Conversations to Point Kids Towards the Gospel

Halloween. Love it or hate it, we can’t escape it.

How will you talk to your kids about Halloween this year? Regardless of how you celebrate or choose to not celebrate Halloween, your kids will be exposed to the themes of Halloween every time you go to the store to grab a gallon of milk.

For a Christian parent, however, this isn’t something to be scared of or avoid. Halloween can actually gives us some excellent opportunities to speak with our children about spiritual truths.

These excellent Halloween conversation ideas will help you talk to your kids about how Halloween relates to the Gospel - this is so helpful!

Here are three Halloween conversations that you can have this year that will actually point your kids towards the Gospel.

The Shocking Truth that Many Christians Are Ignoring About Halloween

Its fall. And Halloween is right around the corner.

Love it or hate it, you won’t be able to ignore Halloween this year. It’s everywhere.

It’s waiting for you at the grocery store. It’s evident on billboards. And, it might even be found in the decorations in your neighbor’s yard.

How should Christians respond to Halloween? What should Christians do with a holiday that celebrates death, evil, and darkness?

How can Christians respond to Halloween in a way that glorifies God? The Apostle Paul gives us an example - and it just might surprise you!