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Lessons from a Whitewashed Hospital Room

*Tomorrow, June 1, is the 2nd anniversary of Connor’s surgery. I wrote this devotion last year on the first anniversary but didn’t feel called to share it at that time. Lessons from a Whitewashed Hospital Room “Mom, I can’t do this anymore!” Connor moaned with immense pain. Standing by his hospital bed and tightly holding…

Armor Up! The Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit

Our belt, breastplate, and shoes are firmly secured on our bodies, and we have a firm grasp on the shield. The battle is here; it’s time to put on the last of the armor; the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Armor Up! Ephesians 6:17, “and take the helmet of salvation, and…

Weekend Inspiration – Psalm 75:17

Our summer break officially begins at 9:35 am this morning when Grant finishes the last final of his junior year of high school. Upon completion of that final, we will officially have a sophomore and a senior in our house. A senior in high school? What? How can that be possible? Whether I choose to…

Armor Up! Shoes for the Gospel of Peace and the Shield of Faith

It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! It’s time to study the next two pieces of armor that are used in the spiritual battle for our lives. My love for the word of God is more amplified when I dig into the commentaries, websites, and the Bible itself, to fully understand the meaning of…

Five Verses to Pray for Your Student During Finals Week

My high school freshman just spoke these words to me in regards to finals week: “Mom, just warning you that I am going to be a little tired and cranky this week!” Ya, think Captian Obvious?!?!?! Craig and I have noticed within the past week, that both our boys have been tired, stressed, and cranky.…

Till Death Do Us Part – 19 Years of Marriage

On Monday, Craig and I will be celebrating 19 years of blissful matrimony. I am obviously using the term “blissful” sarcastically. We are from two different backgrounds.  I am a city girl who uses Saturday’s to relax and enjoy that day. He’s a farmer who thinks every Saturday needs to be filled with work from…

Armor Up! The Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness

Today, we continue the blog series on the study of the Armor of God that Paul wrote about in Ephesians 6:10-18. Last week, I gave a brief introduction of the whole armor, and today we will begin studying the individual parts, starting with the belt and breastplate. As many times as I have studied and…

It’s Taken Me A Year to Proclaim This!

It will be a year ago, Sunday, that the Lord pushed me harder than usual. It was time to step out of my comfort zone and start listening to Him once and for all on this topic. I kept whispering over and over, “I am not a writer!” I wanted to share with you my…

Armor Up!

*Today starts a new series on the Armor of God. Every Tuesday, we will be focusing on an individual piece of the armor and what it represents. It’s important to note that to be effective against the schemes of the enemy; we need to put on the whole Armor of God – not just a…

Book Review: “Keep Showing Up” by Karen Ehman

For years, I have often said that December was our families busiest month. Holiday shopping, decorating, addressing Christmas cards and preparing baked goodies, filled most of our (or should I say, my) days. I’m now going to state that I was, in fact, wrong. December is not our busiest month. It’s May. Track and field,…

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