You Can Read the Bible in a Year

I am finishing up reading through the Bible in a year for the 4th time.  It is an incredible experience really only understandable if you have done it for yourself – hint, hint…No really, I want to encourage you to go for it.  It has never been easier. I just finished downloading the entire […]

Prophecies of the Messiah

  Bible scholars say that there are approximately 2500 prophecies in the Bible of which 2000 have already been fulfilled.  (The remaining 500 have to do with future events.)  Of these prophecies approximately 300 of them refer to the coming of the Messiah.  Because of the sheer numbers, the study of Biblical prophecy is […]

Of Elections, Enemies and Egos

Two nights before the election, my sister and and I laughed and talked, sharing easily our lives – what our kids are doing and saying, and sharing our ups and downs as wives and mothers.  She is a beautiful and intelligent woman who loves her family and cares deeply about the world in which […]

10 Ways to Empower Your Kids With a Strong Sense of Identity

With so many people living their lives today without clear purpose, it is no wonder that we see such a plethora of troubled lives in the world around us.  Without the knowledge (and continual studying of) who God is and who He created us to be, we are destined to live lives far below […]

The Pruning Shears of God

I had the great privilege of spending a few days at the Christian Home Educator Association’s annual homeschool convention in Pasadena last week.  I love this time of year as it affords me some quiet time to reflect on our homeschool and pray specifically for wisdom in the upcoming year.  I leave there with […]

How to Build a Family Legacy

The first thing that Satan tried to destroy when God allowed him to tempt Job – was his family.  The family is and always has been under attack.  Strong families don’t just happen.  They are the result of very intentional living – living for and obeying God. Logic would say that if God is faithful […]

For When You Are Wondering Why God Doesn’t “Just Fix It”!

I shared a while back about those looooong trials that really sift you – drawing pinning you to your knees day after day and yet, the only apparent change is {not in your circumstances} but in you.  Through these sorts of trials we grow in our humility, our faith and our reliance on the dependability of […]

Leaning Hard on God’s Promises

I am a natural optimist so when dark clouds of negativity hover long over me and my world, I am bothered.  Though I have never been closer to the Lord (and perhaps because of it) I have been feeling increasingly inadequate and frustrated. The voices of those I know {and those that I don’t} can […]

Mercy Every Morning

  Marianne Sunderland Buffer

How to Thrive During Trials

  Have you ever been to a retreat or seminar or church service that just met you right where you were?  Right exactly where you were in need?  I have and last weekend was one example of that.  At our yearly women’s retreat on the shores of the wild, blue Pacific Ocean, God met me […]

When You Feel Unloved

Her sister was beautiful and desirable while she herself was homely at best – ‘hard on the eyes’ the Bible says.  The wealthy young man that came to visit their family chose the younger, more appealing sister for marriage.  Yet their unscrupulous father tricks the handsome stranger into marrying the older, homely sister first. […]

Joyful in Hope

The daily verse on my phone stirred me…and it wasn’t to good works.  Rather to bitterness and confusion. “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3 I had been headed down into another valley in life and {I confess} was feeling more than a bit sorry for myself. […]