Heaven on wheels

2017-02-16T00:44:53+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Obedience, Prayer|Tags: , , , , |

The knock at my door was soft, apologetic. I soon discovered a bouquet of anxious faces clustered in the hallway of the hotel where I was speaking for a women’s weekend retreat. “A situation has come up,” Jill, the retreat committee chairman, explained, keeping her voice low. Uh-oh. Ten minutes later—hair combed, lipstick in place, [...]

Persistence

2017-09-22T00:55:05+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Perseverance|Tags: , , , , |

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. - 2 Thessalonians 3:5 I spent almost two decades in Asia where haggling for a good price was a sport. I loved the thrill of going back and forth with the shopkeeper until I wore them down and I was walking away with a [...]

A hole in it!

2017-09-22T00:55:28+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Divorce, Grief, Parenting, Singleness|Tags: , , , , |

The following is a devotional birthed out of recording artist Kim Hill’s personal story, written to help single parents guide their children through the fallout of divorce. Divorce is experienced by children as a devastating event When children experience their parents’ divorce, no matter how old they are, it’s a devastating event. When asked how [...]

4 truths to give you strength in weakness

2017-09-22T00:57:47+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Cancer, Hard Times, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,  in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:10 If you asked me the single greatest lesson I’ve learned over the past five, difficult years, this is what I’d say, at least in part: Life [...]

How to say “Yes” to God

2017-09-22T00:58:01+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I don't know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom, and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him, and to be truthful it [...]

How to teach what “being beautiful” looks like

2017-09-22T00:58:09+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Confidence, Parenting, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Teach your daughter what being beautiful is all about Our culture emphasizes outward beauty, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The question is: How do we teach this to our girls? “Do I look beautiful, Mommy?” My three-year-old daughter gazes up at me with big brow eyes, eagerly anticipating my response. She looks [...]

3 ways to prepare for the unexpected life

2017-09-22T00:58:27+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , |

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.—Hebrews 11:8 I don’t like surprises. I like plans. Schedules. A body that works and children who listen. Few things are as comforting to me as a calendar that outlines [...]

How to talk to God

2017-09-22T00:58:57+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Prayer, Time with God|Tags: , , , |

Do you wonder if God is out there listening? Do you question if He cares? Many of us want to talk to God—to pray—but we don’t know how to start. Here are some things that might help:  You don’t need a specific place to pray . . . but finding “a prayer place” might help. [...]

Chocolate eggs

2017-09-22T00:59:05+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Grace, Lent & Easter, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

It was a Kodak moment Eleven adorable children waiting with baited breath for me to countdown to the start of a hunt for little chocolate eggs. It was an Easter Sunday afternoon when the children were very young. Frank and I decided to invite both “sides” of the family and some church friends. This was [...]

The spiritual life of a reader

2017-09-18T14:45:36+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , |

I remember the first Christian novel I ever read. It was Love Comes Softly by Jeanette Oke. I was in high school, and my spiritual life was a mess. Around this time I was also reading things like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Pet Cemetery by Steven King—books that truly vexed my soul. Reading [...]

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