Today's post comes to us by guest contributor Chris Furnell. Thank you, Chris, for giving us reason to pause and reflect not just on what gifts we've been given and blessings God has sent our way but on the entire practice of gratitude, too. When I sit down to contemplate what gifts God has given... Continue Reading →
Each year, I make a list (sometimes it appears on my blog) of the ways God has blessed me. You know, the gifts He’s given me over the past 12 months. I felt 2021 was full of these things… blessings, moments of awareness, lessons learned, redemptive times.
God gives all of us these gifts. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Why do we miss these moments, though, life quickly jetting by? What makes us prone to receive gifts, hands extended and palms up, smiles spread across our faces… then toss those same gifts in a heap, often lamenting what we didn’t receive?
I have done this more times than I wish. I’ve tried to stop behaving this way. And that’s one of the gifts God gave me the past two…
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This is the first in a series of guest blog posts (contributed by some of my favorite people) answering the question: What gifts has God given you in 2021? Today's post is courtesy of my friend and former college student, Crystal Jolly. Thank you, Crystal! Spiritual gifts are outlined in the Bible clearly, and I... Continue Reading →
This guest post is written by Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my former professors who has served as a writing mentor for me for years. I'm so grateful for Dr. Murphy! If you want to hear more about how she's helped me, be sure to check out my podcast about those who add value... Continue Reading →
At that perfectly naive, curious age of 15, I sat next to the cutest boy in a red pickup truck on a dirt road. In the dark. On a cold winter night. Stuck. We had genuinely been doing nothing wrong. Just driving around back roads, listening to Tori Amos, enjoying the rain, when suddenly the... Continue Reading →
"Maggie, your sparkly shirt looks so pretty this morning." She climbed over the chest at the end of our bed, the morning sun reflecting off the sequins on her pink t-shirt. Her face beamed slightly, disguising a little smile. "YOU look so pretty this morning, Maggie," I changed my compliment after seeing her little smile... Continue Reading →
Who doesn't love a good book giveaway? From now through July 30, 2021, my Mama Meditations devotional books and gratitude journals for moms are on sale (only the signed copies exclusively available through my bookstore). So I decided to help promote the sale by giving away a signed copy of Volume II along with a... Continue Reading →
Looking for love in all the wrong places. Right... I'm pretty familiar with that old tune. And I've certainly been there, done that. Lots. #IYKYK. While sudsing up and tackling a sinkful of dishes a few days ago, I contemplated this age-old dilemma. Why do we, as humans, seek human love so voraciously? Not just... Continue Reading →
Today's guest contributor is Hannah Wingert, fellow mom & Christian writer. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with practicing gratitude, Hannah! My gratitude journey About 10 years ago, I decided to start a gratitude journal. I'd heard that writing down three things you're thankful for each day could have a positive effect on... Continue Reading →
Today I was talking to a recovery friend about the value of sponsorship. While listening to her talk, I realized (again) something valuable about sponsoring others in recovery. When I sponsor (and you can apply this to mentoring others, too), I'm afforded the opportunity to RE everything :). You know what I mean. Relearn. Reexperience.... Continue Reading →