Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. —1 Peter 5:8 As moms, we have a very real enemy, and it’s not our 2-year-old eating sugar in the pantry, or our husband who may or may not be doing his fair share. It’s Satan. He wants you to be exhausted and overwhelmed. He wants to discourage you with circumstances. He wants to find you tired and weak so … [Read more...]

Instead of the same ol' tie, giftcard, or other dust-collecting Father's Day item, consider giving your father or loved one an experience this year. Here are three ideas for an experience you can create for him: 1. If your dad likes to spend time outdoors, find a state park where the two of you can go hiking together. Take turns sharing memories with one another during the hike and then … [Read more...]

Of the titles I have, my favorite is "mother of five." When Chad, our youngest, went to first grade, I'd been a pre-school mom for 180 uninterrupted months. Two years from now, when Chad is 18, I will have mothered a high schooler for that same amount of time—15 straight years! I told my mother that I really wanted to have another baby, to which she lovingly and wearily replied, "I am too tired … [Read more...]

Modern culture is obsessed with justice. Don’t think so? Try turning on the TV without finding an episode of Law & Order or CSI. Producers have the golden ticket: set heinous crimes in different cities. That’s all we want, apparently. Then there’s actual legal drama that we’ve twisted into entertainment. Put the seemingly perfect neighbor on trial and good luck finding anything else to … [Read more...]

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 If you’re like me, what you’ve personally refused to lay or cast down along the way has been the biggest hindrance of all in how you’ve run the race. I’ve held on to … [Read more...]

We are so excited to announce the creation of a social media launch team for Karen Kingsbury's new Bible study, The Family of Jesus! In this study (releasing July 1) Karen will lead women on a journey to explore the life of Jesus by examining those closest to Him through a combination of storytelling and Scripture. We'd love your help in getting the word out about this Bible study through your … [Read more...]

One Sunday morning in May, several years ago, I sat in our church auditorium with my Bible open, my pen poised, ready to hear the second sermon my pastor was about to share in his "family life" series. The week before, we'd heard about the responsibilities of the husband and father. This particular week, the focus would be on the wife and mother. I knew, though, there would be trouble when he … [Read more...]

Love isn't always meek and mild. Sometimes love is firm and tough, but it's no less love. Consider Jesus' response to the moneychangers in the temple. They had turned from prayer to profit, but Jesus didn't sit idly by. When certain men turned religion into racketeering, He insisted that they leave the premises. His words are strong, "It is written," He said to them, "My house will be called a … [Read more...]

Not long ago I had the privilege to serve at a large event down South. As we exited the freeway for our downtown destination, one place of business was so prominent and well lit that you couldn't miss it with an inch-thick blindfold. It was a high-dollar strip club with a giant marquee advertising in neon lights the names and showtimes of various dancers. I was in the car with several … [Read more...]

To celebrate the release of Beth Moore's new Bible study, Children of the Day, we're giving away this beautiful desktop wallpaper! Click here for a FREE sample of the Bible study. To download: PC users, right-click on the art with your mouse and then save it to your computer. MAC users, hold down the "control" button while clicking on the art with your mouse; then choose "Save Image … [Read more...]