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How To Help When You Don’t Know What To Do
Current Happenings

by Tricia Williford

This is excerpted from Tricia's blog

There are so many reasons to help and ways to dive in. As you decide how to help, try to identify why you want to help. Is it because you know this family well, you see a need, and you can fill it? Or is it because you feel overwhelming compassion—perhaps even a sense of guilt that your life hasn’t fallen to pieces—and you simply must-must-must respond in a tangible way?

There is a difference between wanting to give to the one who is...

Tricia is a remarried widow, a writer, teacher, reader, and thinker, and the author of three books. Thousands of readers join her each morning for a cup of coffee as they sign online to read today's funny, poignant stories that capture the fleeting moments of life. 

Each of her posts here were first shared on her personal blog and are shared here with her permission.

An Interview with Tim Cameron
Author/Musician Interview

Why did Jesus spend time praying? What are the lessons that Jesus’ prayer life teaches us? How should we pray in order to know God intimately?

Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Cameron (@timcameron8245) about his book, 40 Days Through the Prayers of Jesus: A Journey to Pray More Like Christ (Charisma House, 2017).

What’s the purpose of prayer?

Tim Cameron: I believe prayer has two great purposes. The first purpose is to change us. Prayer changes your outlook on life. It changes your...

Experiencing God
Discipleship Moment

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Experiencing God begins when we finally admit that what we're experiencing of God is not enough for us.

Have you ever seen one relative after another try to soothe a newborn while the mother looks on, content for a time to let the scene play out? She may even watch without intervening while her loved ones try to give the baby a pacifier, change his diaper, or offer him a bottle. Sometimes the distractions work, briefly.  But tell me, what happens when nothing and no one will satisfy...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Candied Carrots
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

1 (4-oz.) package feta cheese, crumbled

Lemon juice

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 pounds carrots

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Folks, I’ve never really been a fan of candied carrots—at least until I started cooking them with balsamic vinegar and tossing ‘em with feta cheese. Things changed quickly after that. These little darlings deserve a place at the table.

We’ll begin by cutting our carrots lengthwise into long, thin strips. Then...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Tips for Growing Great Kids #183
Parents Place

After you have finished reading a story to your child (or he has read to you), ask him to tell you the main idea of the story, or to summarize what happened in a few sentences.

Inspirational Quote

“We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can't we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?” 

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

11 Advantages Of Smaller Churches
Current Happenings

Church planters are some of the great heroes of the faith. Especially when you realize how many church plants fail within the first few years.

But I wonder, how many failed churches might still be alive and well today if we didn’t pressure them to reach numerical goals that most churches, even after decades of existence, fail to achieve?

What would happen if, instead of sending one church planter to start a church, hoping for it to reach (to pick an arbitrary number) 5,000 attendees, we sent...

The Blessing of a Normal Day
Nourish My Day

by Becky Johnson

Today, after a feverish couple of days, I woke up to sunshine, feeling well again! I think bouts of illness or pain, big or small, serve as reminders to embrace the euphoria of an everyday, average, normal day without sickness or pain.

Feeling under-the-weather reminds me to pray for my very brave friends who are battling health issues that go on for weeks, months, years. And to use my good health to do good things in this world, not to take it for granted or waste the privilege.

The aftermath...

Becky Johnson has been a published author (and also collaborator) of dozens of books over the last 20 years ranging from inspirational humor to brain science. (Many were published under her former name, Becky Freeman.) Zondervan released her mother-daughter humorous food memoir (with recipes), We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, written with her daughter Rachel Randolph, in 2013.  The mother-daughter duo released their next book, Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep in January 2015.

Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage Alive
Current Happenings

by Jim Burns

This comes from Jim Burns' HomeWord blog. 

Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage Alive

It has often been said that the best thing you can do for your children is to love your spouse. At times, this means putting your spouse’s needs before your children’s. Many children who grew up in a home where the parents had a child-focused marriage say they have a difficult time knowing what a good marriage looks like exactly. In other words, your greatest family investment may be your...

Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

Prayer for the Day

Jesus, as I continue to believe in you and trust you, fill me with your peace and let me overflow with hope through the power of your Holy Spirit. 

Inspirational Quote

God has blessed us so much—let’s bless other people as we can by bringing justice and helping the poor. 

Matt Brown

When God Is Good to Everyone But You
Current Happenings

I vividly remember a certain time in my life several years ago. A close friend and I found ourselves in very similar situations. We were both asking God to be faithful in the same area of our lives. We would talk about the anxiety and hurt that came with longing for God to show up and move and the uncertainty of not knowing. We found comfort in bearing each other’s burdens. We lifted one another up, encouraged by the empathy of the other, hopeful in waiting to see Him move.

And then, a few...

Inspirational Quote

We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven. 

Rick Warren

One-on-One with Clayton King
Author/Musician Interview

Christianity Today recently talked with Clayton King, author of the new book Overcome: Replacing the Lies that Hold Us Down with the Truths that Set Us Free. Clayton is Founder and President of Crossroads Summer Camps, Crossroads Missions, and Clayton King Ministries. He is also Interim Senior Pastor at NewSpring Church and Distinguished Professor of Evangelism at Anderson University.

Ed: First of all, what are the lies that hold us down that need to be replaced that you talk...

Inspirational Quote

When you feel down, go be a blessing to somebody else. 

Joyce Meyers

Disney’s New Princess Jasmine, Naomi Scott, Is a Worship Leader
Current Happenings

Disney recently announced that it cast major roles for its upcoming, live action adaptation of Aladdin. Along with Will Smith in the role of the genie and Mena Massoud as Aladdin, 24-year-old Naomi Scott would play Princess Jasmine. The casting has been big news for Disney fans, but has also led to somedebate online. The film takes place in a fictional city called Agrabah, which is thought to be in the Middle East, and the original story comes from “One Thousand and One...

Inspirational Quote

Compelled by the love of Christ, we must not withhold kindness or friendship from any person or people group.” 

- Scott Sauls

Prayer for the Day

I surrender all to you. All to you, Jesus, I surrender. I surrender all. 

Shellie’s Southern Pecan Pie Cake
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

4 large eggs

1 cup softened butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups chopped pecans

We’ll begin by preparing a 9×12 cake pan with cooking spray. We’ll beat four eggs until they’re fluffy and then we’ll add one cup of softened butter. Once this is well combined well, we’ll add two cups brown sugar, one cup of all purpose flour and a teaspoon of vanilla. Don’t overwork your batter, y’all. As soon as the ingredients are mixed, we’ll fold in two cups...

Inspirational Quote

“The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of God’s love everywhere you go.” 

– Ann Voskamp

5 Ways to Start 'Divorce-Proofing' Your Marriage
Current Happenings

My husband and I got divorced before we got married.

Well, not really but we had a tumultuous dating relationship that culminated in a broken engagement and two years of non-communication. So when we announced our second engagement (three years later), neither of us were surprised when our skeptical friends predicted, “You guys are going to have a tough first year of marriage.”

Click through to continue reading. 

Inspirational Quote

"Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.” 

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

Mini Cranberry and Zucchini Muffins
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini

1/3 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup dried cranberries

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Zest of a small orange

2 teaspoons fresh orange juice

We’ll start by combining a half cup of sugar, a half cup of peeled and shredded zucchini, a third cup of almond milk, one egg and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.

Now, in a separate bowl, we’ll add two teaspoons of baking powder to a cup of all-purpose...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Inspirational Quote

“The art of giving is believing there is enough love in you, that you are loved enough by Him, to be made enough love to give.” 

― Ann Voskamp

Prayer for the Day

Father, show me where I am to be your peacemaker, and give me the grace to pay the price. 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, teach me and fill me with love for your sheep. 

Prayer for the Day

Thank you for your Word, which is full of promises that apply to my daily life. Lord, I again give you my life--my regular, walking around life. Use me, live through me, love others through me, and accomplish your purpose today as I yield to you. 

Jesus What a Savior - Housefires (Featuring Kirby Kaple)
Video of the Day

"Jesus What a Savior" featuring Kirby Kaple from Housefires' fourth live album, "We Say Yes." Enjoy!

Prayer for the Day

Lord, I do not know what to do, but I am looking for your help. 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, I rest in you. 

Prayer for the Day

Oh Lord, my God, how I praise you for your precious promises. I stand on your promise to strengthen those who are fully committed to you and commit myself to you for whatever purpose you have for me. 

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