How to Teach The Real Easter Story For Kids: 10 Best Easter Story Books

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children reading, Best Easter Story books

The Real Easter Story is so special. I don’t think we truly grasp just how privileged we are, to have such free access to forgiveness and love. And if we as adults struggle with wrapping our minds around it, then we need to think about our kids. The meaning of Easter for kids can be overwhelming. But, between the ages of 4-14, they are far more likely to understand and accept the truth, and run with it their whole lives, than if we wait until “they’re old enough to understand” or some such sentiment. That is exactly why I love … Read More

How to Set Christian Goals: Understanding God’s Grace is Key

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Understanding God's Grace: How to set goals and achieve them

Okay, so this is a little hard to write. I’ve been ‘in church’ since well before I was born. But in over 30 years, I was still childlike in understanding God’s grace and favor. I’ve had the Sunday School answer, a simple, childish acceptance, which is great, but we’re called to a combination of childlike faith and spiritual maturity. (Matthew 18:2-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 6) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But now I’m excited. Every time I do learn the Biblical or historical meaning of a word, I find my Bible reading time so much richer. It’s something … Read More

How to Live Royal: Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls

ArynChristian Nonfiction, Young Adult (Age 12+)31 Comments

We get to revisit the book of Esther today! Twice in one year, but totally different, too. Remember when I reviewed Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia over the summer? I explained then that I had the unique privilege of doing both a sermon series at church And preview a book of Esther Bible study just before reading that fun novel? Well, this is it! I am so happy to introduce you to Aminata and the first Bible study in the Girls of Excellence series. Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther Bible Study What if you could unlock the … Read More

5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits You Need to Know and The Best Gratitude Journal Choices

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Gratitude Journaling Benefits

This fall I started something new. I’ve known the importance of gratitude but now I’m discovering more practical gratitude journaling benefits – And I am loving the process! For at least 15 years now, I’ve kept a (semi-consistent) gratitude text message conversation with 2 friends, and have seen first-hand the gratitude journaling benefits that has provided. Because there were days when one of us {read me} was in a funk, and got mad when someone else remembered to start the conversation, so we {I} ‘had’ to come up with something to be grateful for. Oh the drama! But its been worth it. The … Read More

3 Top Christian Resources Full of Hope, Science and Scripture for Depression

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Science and Scripture for Depression

If you, or someone you love, is struggling to overcome depression, whether it’s a small thing or a major issue, you need more than just Christian platitudes. Even depression scripture can be misused and misapplied by well meaning people in a most unhelpful way. There is power and hope in trusting Scripture for depression coping strategy. Science and scripture can work together in practical ways to overcome depression and other issues. Today, I would like to share 3 top Christian resources to combat depression scripture based, scientifically proven, and worth your time! The Book that Links Science and Scripture For … Read More

Faith in a Box: 15 Great Christian Subscription Boxes

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Faith in a box: Christian subscription boxes

I certainly don’t want to keep my faith in a box, do you? But receiving Christian subscription boxes would mean opening the box and setting that faith free to do its work, right? Getting monthly packages full of Christian encouragement, books and apparel, etc. would be awesome! I recently discovered the wonders of the Christian subscription box, and couldn’t wait to share them with you! 3 Benefits of Faith in a Box Recharge Your Faith: When you receive Christian subscription boxes and USE what comes, you give yourself a great opportunity to recharge your faith and reconnect with your Creator. … Read More

How to Change Your Life for the Better as a Christian Woman

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How to change your life for the better as a christian woman

Are you feeling Stuck? Lost? Wondering how to change your life for the better, but not sure how to make it happen? The last couple of years, I struggled with feeling very stuck, not sure how to change, or what to change, or anything, but desiring to move forward to something more. Ready to change my life for the better. I found a few things incredibly powerful in my journey and had to share them with you. They’ve answered many of my ‘how to change your life for the better‘ questions and I hope you’ll give them a chance the … Read More

How To Do Devotions: Understanding the Meaning of Devotion Changes Everything

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How to do Devotions

Sometimes the idea of there being a right and wrong way how to do devotions can be so intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. I think we’ve both overcomplicated the idea of devotions and also reduced it so it became a 5-15 minute checkbox on our to-do list. But the meaning of devotion is so much richer and more amazing than that. After all, we’ve been invited to draw near, to be still, and rest in Him. What is the Meaning of Devotion? What is the Meaning of Devotion? I’m glad you asked 😉 I want to start with … Read More

Free Ephesians Bible Study: Walk Worthy of the Calling

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Walk Worthy of the Calling, a Free Ephesians Bible study

I do not always walk Worthy of the Calling God has called me to. I do not always see myself as Valuable. Or Worthy. So many of us struggle with feeling unworthy. But that is SO not true! You, me, that difficult person in your life, we are worthy-we have value- because we are God’s creation. Learning that, getting it deep down in your heart is absolutely life changing. It effects how we treat ourselves, and how we treat our family, neighbors, strangers at the store, and that person whose driving is more thoughtless (Wreckless?) than it should be. When … Read More