20 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today

When we look around at all the need that exists in this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We think that making an impact is impossible. How can I possibly help? How can God possibly use me for His good and glory? And so we do nothing. But what if we’re thinking about this all wrong? What if instead trying to create large-scale, elaborate change, we start with small, simple acts of kindness to those around us? What if we just start by reaching out a hand to someone in need? Letting someone know they’re on our minds and that we care? What if we start giving our time, energy, and love more freely? A simple word. A small gesture. A loving action. God will use, bless, and multiply these beyond our wildest dreams. All we have to do is act. Here are 20 small and simple random acts of…

10 Christian Books to Nurture Your Marriage in 2017

I’ve always loved books. Growing up, if I wasn’t outside playing soccer, you could find me curled up on the couch with a book in my hand. My parents would frequently joke that they were going to go broke trying to get me new books! Although I don’t play soccer anymore and my time on the couch is limited by my very active daughter, I still love books! So it’s no surprise that after I got engaged, I wanted to read every book I could possibly get my hands on about Christian marriage and how to be a good wife for the man God has given me. God has used each of the books on this list to minister to my heart, provide comfort in tough times, change me in more ways than I can count, and, most importantly of all, to bring me closer to God and closer to…

Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

I recently went through one of the toughest times in my life. The sadness was overwhelming. Each day felt like a struggle. I was drowning. And then I’d hear the words: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” In fact, I hear this pretty often in Christian circles. Someone starts talking about a problem in their life and someone else (maybe even you or I) pats them on their shoulder and says, “Don’t worry, God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It sounds nice, doesn’t it? I mean, we serve a loving God who knows all of our weaknesses. He created us. He loves us. He loves us too much to give us more than we can handle, right? So why wasn’t I able to pull myself out of the pit of my sadness? Why couldn’t I handle what was given to me? Because the statement “God…

The Greatest Love Story Ever Written: The Life Of Jesus

Like many young girls, when I was growing up I’d dream of being a beautiful princess waiting for my handsome prince to rescue me. He’d slay all the dragons without fear. He’d love me enough to be willing to die for me. He’d save me from those who wished me harm. And then real life began creeping in. The princes were really frogs. The dragons were too strong. I wasn’t safe from harm. I lost hope in romance. I lost hope in love. Until I found the greatest love story ever written. This is an incredible story of love, intrigue, betrayal, and the ultimate sacrifice. This is a story with a Prince who is more powerful than any dragon yet more humble than any servant. He is strong and fierce yet kind and merciful. He loves tenderly. Even His rebukes are loving and gentle. His touch is healing. His words are…

Living an Authentic Faith: Becoming More like Jesus

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” (Mahatma Gandhi). I’ve seen this quote from time to time, maybe you’ve seen it too. If I’m being honest, it annoyed me at first. My (sinful) knee-jerk reaction was defensiveness: Really? I mean, we’re just humans. Of course we’re not like Christ all the time. The problem with that defense is that we, as Christians, are called to be like Christ (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Ephesians 5:1-2, John 13:13-17). But lately I’ve been thinking that many of us, as Christians, may not be acting very Christ-like. Maybe we’ve lost our way. Maybe Gandhi has a point. Maybe others can see what we can’t. Maybe we’re so busy following our “rules” about what to do and what not to do (wear this, read that, don’t say that, don’t drink that), too busy…

Becoming a Daughter-in-Law

So many things change when you first get married!

You and your husband are suddenly a family, just the two of you, separate from your parents.

We all know the Bible calls on our husbands to leave their parents and cleave unto their wives (Genesis 2:24). But this leaving and cleaving doesn’t mean that they aren’t still a part of their larger families as well. Their parents will always be their parents (although the roles and interactions definitely have to change after marriage).

So this reality brings with it a whole new role for newlywed women: Daughter-in-law.