Playing with Playdough and Capturing Hearts

Playing with Playdough and Capturing Hearts

The tears kept coming, I couldn’t help it. I was posted at the back of our church, ready to dim the lights when the video played, but also watching for stray little ones that could come in late and might need to be led to the platform. It was our closing program for VBS and my heart was full. As I watched the little ones sing, jump, shout, and praise the Lord, my heart felt it would burst with love and longing. I long for these little ones to follow Christ and live passionately for Him. I long for them to be truth speakers in their generation! As they sang, I prayed. “Father, capture their hearts for Your glory!”

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Delighting in the Small and Ordinary

Delighting in the Small and Ordinary

The gravel crunching beneath my feet makes a rhythmic beat. This path has changed a lot since we first started walking it. I’ve grown to love this path, with a sweet familiarity, like what you feel for a favorite dog-eared classic that you just have to keep returning to, even though you’ve read it dozens of times. This worn trail has worn a deep place in my heart.

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Being the Living Evidence

Being the Living Evidence

Probably all of us can plead “guilty” to reading Scripture with glazed eyes and a dull heart. I know I can. Some mornings, it takes my foggy brain (and heart) a bit to kick in to “receptive” mode. But also, there is a danger in becoming so familiar with a text that we tune out and miss its impact and the wonder. Did you tremble when you opened the Word today? All these things my...

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A Fav Spiritual High

A Fav Spiritual High

Last week was one of those “spiritual highs” for me. I love VBS. If you’re unfamiliar with that acronym, VBS=Vacation Bible School. I’ve been spending a week of my summer at VBS for more than five decades now and it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I want everyone to join in! Don’t want anyone to miss out on what God has in store for us. I’ve watched friends come to know...

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How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations

How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations

If you read yesterday’s review of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, you’ve already met my friend, Trillia Newbell. She’s a brilliant writer, but also a woman who loves God supremely. I’ve pulled up one of Trillia’s guest blogs (from the archives) so you can hear her wisdom on this issue. Here’s Trillia ~ ***** My kids are young. They are young and impressionable, which...

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