• Devotional

    The Book of Joshua – Exciting or Boring?

    This month I have been reading through the book of Joshua for my devotions. This book starts with God commanding Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land. It is exciting to read about the people of Israel finally getting ready to enter the land that God had promised them so many years prior. Exciting Stories There are so many fun and exiting stories as I read about the two men who spied out Jericho and were hidden by Rahab, the harlot. The men promised to save her and her house because of her fear of the Lord and her protection of them. A few chapters later I reread…

  • Devotional,  food

    Favorite Homemade Pizza

    We love to make our own homemade pizza. Besides tasting delicious, it allows us to work together in the kitchen as a family. Sometimes we make a couple large pizzas, but other times we prefer to make individual ones. We have enjoyed making individual pizzas for family gatherings, birthday parties, and just ordinary days when we are all home. Some just want to throw their pizzas together quickly so they can eat, while others work carefully and view their creation as a work of art. Yet there is no doubt that everyone is satisfied when they can customize their own pizza with their favorite toppings. The key to a good…

  • Devotional

    On Field Mice and Spiritual Warfare (Part One)

    Here at the farmhouse, we are in a battle. That is right! The field mice have decided that our warm, cozy farmhouse looks like a luxury hotel. They have taken up residence specifically in the drop ceiling over the kitchen and in our back hallway pantry. We can hear them scurrying around. We have not only caught sight of the furry creatures, but we have seen the droppings they have left behind. In order to rid ourselves of the somewhat cute, but destructive and hazardous-to-our-health creatures, we have armed ourselves with quality mouse traps and cheap peanut butter. These items have proven to work in the past and we are…

  • Devotional

    New Mercies for the New Year

    As the year 2021 comes to a close, I am hearing a lot of talk about hopes for a better year in 2022. After all, who would not wish for a better year after the past two have left us all feeling like we have been hit by a mack truck. Living through a pandemic is something most of us have never experienced before. Sickness and death have touched everyone’s lives to some extent. Medical and political issues surrounding it all have left us with more questions than answers. If we include all the social, economic, political, and spiritual issues of the day, it is no wonder we are all…

  • Devotional

    How to Have Joy When The Holidays Don’t Feel Joyful

    The most joyous season of the year doesn’t always bring joy. For many it can be a painful reminder of what is missing. Whether it is the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, financial hardships, material loss, or serious health issues, the holiday season can feel daunting. The older I get, the more I am aware of the widespread pain and suffering that people experience. I have observed the different ways in which people deal with these experiences. Some navigate through them relatively easily and move on quickly. Others wallow in self-pity and sink into a pit of despair and bitterness. Most fall somewhere in between. However, one…

  • Devotional

    It Never Gets Old

    It never gets old . . . That is what I said to myself as I drove to work on this cool, sunny, fall morning! I don’t think there is any part of my drive to work where I cannot see a corn or bean field. And I love it! You see, I am sure I was born to live in the country. Even though I lived in town for the first 14 years of my life, I always wanted to live on a farm. There was always something compelling to me about the simple farm life. I wanted a farmhouse, barns, tractors, pastures and horses, a big garden, fields…

  • Devotional

    A Peace That Passes Understanding

    When I mention the word “peace,” what comes to your mind? Is it watching the sun rise in the quiet, early morning with a cup of coffee in your hand and your Bible in front of you? Maybe it is an afternoon stroll in the woods, wading through a gurgling stream, or watching the sunset with a friend? It might even be a warm bubble bath and a good book, or simply collapsing on the couch after the last child falls asleep at night. We each have a picture in our minds of what brings us peace. Most of us are likely thinking that we just want a life free…

  • Devotional

    Confess Your Faults One To Another

    “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 Prayer time! It’s that special time where brothers and sisters in Christ come together to share their joys and sorrows, their praises and requests. It is the setting that allows people to open their hearts and share personal needs and concerns dear to their hearts. The dialogue may go something like this: “Please pray for my sick grandma.” “My friend needs to get saved.” “Pray for my wayward child.” “Praise that my husband found a job!” Prayer time is the highlight of…

  • Devotional

    These Are My People: 11 Practical Ways to Encourage a Hurting Friend

    Deanna, Gina, Vanessa, Whitney, Michelle, Sarah, and Stacie. These are my people. They didn’t ask to be my people, and I didn’t ask them to be. But they are, and God knew I needed them! God brought each of these ladies into my life at different times and in different ways, but all for one purpose – to encourage me in the Lord and to walk with me through the valley. Some of these ladies know each other and some do not, but they all have something in common. They are all kind, compassionate, loving women of God who have loved me, encouraged me, and prayed with me in some…

  • food

    8 Ways to Use Leftover Grilled Chicken

    Spring time and warmer weather mean it is time to fire up the grill. There is just something inspiring about grilling meat, or anything else, for that matter, on the grill outdoors. One of my family’s favorite things to grill is chicken. We usually marinate either boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders in zesty Italian dressing. Occasionally we mix things up a bit and use a balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. We always grill more meat than we can eat in one meal. After all, once the grill is hot, we might as well make the most of it! But what happens to the leftovers? Sometimes my family will simply…