Posts Categorized: Inspiration

“Thinking Bigger” at the Ark Encounter

“Think Bigger.” Last month I obeyed the ads and finally was able to visit the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. At the center of the park, of course, is a life-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. And it is BIG. 510-feet-long-85-feet-wide-51-feet-high-BIG. According to the Ark Encounter website,…

Here’s How You Can Help Houston

I keep wondering how it would feel to be a mama or grandma in Houston today, needing rescue or shelter, food and necessities. How grateful I’d be for that bottle of water or box of diapers, and for the people who provided it. People I’d probably never meet. Strangers “out there” who simply care. But…

Living a Godly Legacy—Part 3

You want your children or grandchildren to know that God and faith are important parts of daily life, but sometimes it seems impossible, right? Getting everyone off to school or childcare and getting everyone to bed on time can seem like herding cats. How can you add one more activity to your family’s busy schedule?…

Well-Nourished—by the Word

Do you take a multivitamin or use a dietary supplement? I have, and now I keep some Ester-C and echineacha tea on hand to help me fight off colds. But day to day, I’m trying to nourish my body with a whole-foods, plant-based diet. It’s a challenge to view vegetable and fruits, nuts and seeds…

Hurricane Matthew, Haiti, My Family, and Me

I kept the TV on and my phone close last Friday. Hurricane Matthew was moving up the Florida coast and aiming at Savannah, Georgia, where my oldest daughter, her husband, and their three young children live. They’ve been in their house—their very first house—less than a year. With tall oaks all around—the type with wide…

What to Remember Every Day

“Dear God, it’s me, Reed,” said my young grandson as he began his mealtime prayer. He didn’t doubt that God was listening, or knows him by name. No fear, just friendship. Sometimes do you need to remember (I know I do!) that God not only knows our names, He knows all about us? The number…

Getting to Know God by Name

Tomorrow’s the official pub date for this new book. Isn’t the cover beautiful? I love how it sparkles.You can often guess someone’s age by considering their name. Diane, for example, was popular in the 1950s, so . . . that tells you something about me. But God’s personal name? Well, it’s ageless. Just like him….

Help CAN Authors Serve in Orlando This Summer

What do you do on a Saturday morning with several hundred at-risk kids from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida? Why, you have church, of course! After you pick them up in 11 big buses and give them all a free breakfast. That’s what founder Peter O’Driscoll and his team of volunteers do…

Create Childhood Memories That Speak Jesus’ Words

Each week last month, I celebrated the release of my new book Words to Dream On with a giveaway. The winner of last week’s prize is Rita Chevarella. Congratulations! Over on Christian Children’s Authors, author Carol McAdams Moore wrote about her memories of listening to her mom read a Bible story each night at bedtime:…

Some of the Bravest Moms I Know

I once walked through a large hall at a missions convention, talking with convention goers waiting to hear a speaker. “Do you know any parents of missionaries?” I asked. “We want to invite them to a special event tomorrow.” Most people looked at me funny. “Parents of missionaries? I don’t think so.” But then one…