Taking time for your nearest and dearest isn’t always easy. Life is busy and seems to be getting busier. You work a full day, play with the kids, desire to rest for a moment, and then the next thing you know, you and your significant other are both asleep. There are sporting events, church functions, and much more that take up your time — many of which are good things. Busyness can be … [Read more...]

One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all the activities and busyness and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. We miss the moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. By neglecting time for tranquility, … [Read more...]

Kelly Minter discusses details about her new book, Wherever the River Runs, as well as her hope for all those who read it. LifeWay Women: What was your inspiration for writing this book? Kelly Minter: A man named John Paculabo (president of then-Kingsway Music, now Integrity) invited some of his artists to the Amazon to see the work of a ministry he was involved in there. I instantly fell in … [Read more...]

When I saw the video of Ray Rice, the recently fired 200-pound running back for the Baltimore Ravens, knock his fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator, I felt sick to my stomach. “This is brutal,” I said out loud in my empty office to everyone and to no one. After Rice struck his fiancée, Janay (who is now his wife), he left her lying on the elevator floor unconscious for … [Read more...]

Have you ever stopped to consider all of the hats you wear as a parent? There’s your coach’s hat for when you volunteer to take the literal role of soccer coach or batting instructor, but also the figurative one you wear when coaching your children to use things like the potty, kind words, or their bicycle hand brakes. There’s the EMT hat you wear when you become the medical first responder for … [Read more...]

September Family Time Calendar 1 John 4:19 Scripture Art 1 Peter 5:7 Scripture Art Matthew 5:16 Scripture Art … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Beckey, Mary, Halley, Carolyn, and Josh for winning this giveaway. You might remember Ian and Larissa from a video that went viral a few years ago. More than 10 million people saw it and were touched by their story. The story of how they met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married and building a life together. They didn't imagine a car accident or … [Read more...]

Hope doesn’t come easily, and it doesn’t last long if it’s based solely on circumstances. That’s because when things are going well in our lives, hope bubbles up and lingers. But when tough times come, our sense of hope fades away and sometimes disappears. The biblical idea of hope is different. In Scripture, hope is something that endures. It endures because it’s based on the eternal, living … [Read more...]

The long, lazy days of summer inevitably draw to an end. Students pack their bags and head to colleges, universities, and technical schools. Many are miles away from the ones they love. Most settle in well, but even the strongest occasionally needs a pick-me-up from loved ones back home. A care package from a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend is a great way to remind that special … [Read more...]

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Jesus taught (Matthew 5:44). This sounds easy until situations like the one going on now in the Middle East arise. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a radical Islamic terrorist group, is raiding parts of Northern Iraq and Syria, expelling or executing Christians. Those who have been able to flee their homes have left with … [Read more...]