Purposeful Faith

Temporary Fame, Eternal Glory: A Story of My Weekend

The excitement in the room was contagious. Students, coaches and parents chattered nervously as everyone waited for the awards ceremony to begin. Then one by one, each category’s finalists were called to the stage and the countdown began: from ninth place to first place, the state champion in each event.So was the flurry of activity I […] Read more…

Cherishing Our Children

Here is the second of two beautiful guest posts from Marci of Thankful Homemaker. (You can read Communicating Biblically With Our Children if you missed it!) “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.Blessed is the man […] Read more…

Watercolor Crosses – A Simple Easter Craft

These watercolor crosses are made using just a few crafty items that you most likely have at home. With small children, I look for simple crafts that portray the true meaning of holidays, like Easter! This is SO simple and fun with toddlers and preschoolers! (And I bet even kids a little older would do […] Read more…

What Does it Mean to be a Purposeful Mom?

So I changed the name of my blog some time ago to “The Purposeful Mom“. I still have yet to do many of the things I’ve set out to do here but one thing that got me thinking the other day was this:  What does it mean to be a “purposeful mom”?  We only have […] Read more…

Does Doctrine Really Matter? Ephesians Chapter 4

We’re moving into week 8 in our Ephesians study through Good Morning Girls!  photo credit Throughout the first part of this epistle, we learn how we are saved and now in the later chapters, Paul talks about the effects of that saving faith. As I read verses 11-16 of chapter 4, some of the phrases […] Read more…

When It’s Hard to Trust God

image source I’m sitting on my bed, Bible in my lap. My husband is gone at a meeting and the children are in bed. I sigh, consumed with thoughts of a situation that has proven to be too difficult for me to handle. There are no easy answers to my questions and things just don’t […] Read more…

When You Wish You Were Everybody Else (Part 4)

In this series we’ve talked about how easy it is to compare yourself to others, how you can combat comparison by finding your gifts and how you can put your gifts into practice for the benefit of others. In this final post, I’d like to look at verses 6 and 7 of 1 Corinthians 12: […] Read more…

When You Wish You Were Everybody Else (Part 3)

It’s much easier to stop comparing yourself to others once you discover how God has gifted you for service. Everyone is unique and we each have a special combination of gifts that the Spirit works in us in order to encourage and build up the people in your life! Let’s look at verse 5 of […] Read more…

When You Wish You Were Everybody Else (Part 2)

Yesterday I shared how constantly playing the comparison game causes me to feel dissatisfied and insignificant. I love what Anna said in the comments: “comparison robs us of joy and the ability to fully follow the path God laid out for us.” How do we combat these feelings of discouragement and just enjoy being ourselves? […] Read more…

Destroying the Barrier – Ephesians 2:14-18

photo credit   I’ve really been enjoying my Good Morning Girls Ephesians study! This past week as we studied the remainder of chapter 2, verses 14-18 caught my attention. For He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside […] Read more…

7 Truths About the Grace of God

From the time I was a young college student and God really started to work on my life, I’ve been truly blessed and amazed by the truths in the book of Ephesians. I’ve shared a bit here at the blog on some of these truths from this Scripture about who we are in Christ and what God has […] Read more…

Ephesians Bible Study – Week 2 Wrap-Up

photo credit The first fourteen verses of Ephesians chapter one tells us who we are in Christ; verses 15-23 show us more of what God has done for us and gives to us through Christ.  God showed his mighty strength when He seated Christ above all things, giving Him absolute power and authority for all […] Read more…

Ephesians Bible Study – Week 1 Wrap-Up

I’m doing another Good Morning Girls study, this time in the book of Ephesians with a wonderful group of bloggers. It’s been very encouraging to read the thoughts of others on the first 14 verses of this New Testament epistle written by the Apostle Paul.    There are some beautiful words found in this portion […] Read more…

1 John Week 12

Our Good Morning Girls study on 1 John is coming to a close. This study has been such a blessing to me, giving me the accountability to do my devotions each morning (although sometimes it became early afternoon!). This week we’re reflecting on the entire book of 1 John and as I flipped through my […] Read more…

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