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This week in our study of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, we’re discussing Chapter 6, “When Doubt Whispers … I’m Not Good Enough.”

Oh sweet friends, my heart desperately wishes this chapter weren’t so applicable in my life.  But it is.  (I wrote more on that earlier in the week as we introduced this chapter.)

One area, especially, where doubt whispers “Not good enough” to me is in the area of motherhood.

It’s so common for moms to question themselves and their parenting abilities.  Yet today, as I celebrate the birthday of my youngest daughter, I’m very aware that just like a corporate employee can improve in her job skills, moms can gain skills and confidence in our roles as well.  Moms can, and do, get better through the years.  (Separately … maybe there needs to be some kind of an “It Gets Better Project” for young moms??!  We’ll save that for another day.) Continue Reading…

BackToSchool

And … they’re off.

As my kids head back to school today, my prayer for them as they begin another year is that they are filled with peace.  School can be a challenge to navigate at any point, but especially at the beginning of a new year!

So Lord, I do pray.  I pray for all the kids who return to school again in the coming weeks.

 Dear God,

 I pray for our children to learn and grow and stretch their minds, and be disciplined in their studies.  I pray they may have favor with their teachers.  I pray they grow in wisdom and stature, like Jesus did.  I pray they will be honest and fair and treat others the way they wish to be treated.

 I pray for them to form new friendships, and to reinforce ‘old’ friendships as well.  I pray they can help welcome ‘the new kid’ – whoever that may be.  I was ‘the new kid’ myself when I was a child.  Continue Reading…

I could have blown that on sunscreens at Target, I thought.  Or a casual dinner out, on a night I just didn’t feel like cooking.

1075138_10151743689151119_1981336467_nA meager $38 a month …

Four sunscreens. 

Or, maybe … one life … forever changed.  In Guatemala, through Compassion International.

Last week, I had the chance to visit several Child Development Centers, meet some young college leaders, and see the amazing work that Compassion International is doing to reach some 44,000 children in the most malnourished country in Central America and the Caribbean — Guatemala.

On the first visit, they paraded us through festive balloons and Handel’s MessiahContinue Reading…

My kids begin another school year tomorrow.  Summer’s end is bittersweet and I am prayerful and hopeful that this next year, God blesses them in huge ways!  Praying that we — our whole family — are living lives that are pleasing to God.

Love this version of Psalm 112 from The Message:

Hallelujah! Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
Their children robust on the earth,
And the homes of the upright—how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
And a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—
God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
They lavish gifts on the poor—
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.