We are officially in the middle of the flu season. Beginning in early fall to mid-spring, the number of diagnosed cases of the influenza virus begins to rise. In any given year 10-20 percent of the population will become infected with the flu. Characteristically the symptoms of the flu are very similar to the common […]

For Christians, hosting is not just a social activity; it’s a ministry and a calling. While trying to be the “Hostess with the Mostest” is exhausting, hosting with Jesus blesses the guest and the party giver!  Here’s how to organize a party with the focus on Him so you can relax and enjoy your guests: […]

I knew the weight that one carries when they have a loved one serving in Iraq. That heaviness had reminded me to pray—almost hourly for my brother-in-law. But, Rusty had come home and he was safe. Why today had the heaviness returned?

The house is quiet.  It’s a foreign sound. For years—no, decades—my house has been full of laughter, voices, music and the occasional sibling squabble. We affectionately call ourselves “The Loud Family”.  Not one of us is an introvert.  If you know us, you’re nodding your head right now. This summer has been a whirlwind of […]

I got up this morning and realized it was time to make my beloved banana bread from scratch. I got my recipe from an old cookbook from the church I grew up in. The cookbook is at least 30 years old, the recipe probably much older. Today was the time to bake because my organic […]

Learning Scripture is like learning the choreography to a beautiful dance. We are to imitate the moves of the Teacher and watch the way He dances. This takes time and discipline. We can’t just step out on the stage of life without knowing, learning, listening to, and watching the Master Choreographer. We have to practice […]

I drove through Confidence on my way to speak at a conference last week. The bright green northern California road sign read “Confidence:  Population 50”. Only 50 folks reside in Confidence, though thousands drive through.  The irony of how few people live in Confidence didn’t escape my notice. Just like in life, lots of people visit […]

Grammy nominated singer & author, Michele Pillar, shares the short and beautiful biblical story of the Shunammite woman, encouraging us to have faith in God’s promises. One of my favorite women in all of scripture is a gal tucked tightly between the pages of Second Kings. If you blink, you’ll miss her. But I’m so […]

For the seasoned veteran or first-time event planner or ministry leader, Ready. Set. Plan Your Event! will help you make your event amazing! These tips, checklist, event summary, and more were developed from speakers’ and event planners’ years of conducting conferences, retreats, and other special events. They were learned from what was done right and what wasn’t […]

Sometimes I don’t understand why God responds to my prayers the way He does. I’ve got a feeling I’m not alone. A week before our son’s wedding on Sunday we checked the weather report: High of 106. No joke. 1. 0. 6. Not a great report for what we hoped would be a picturesque outdoor […]

Do you relish the past or despise it? Both can be dangerous. For years, I beat myself up for the colossal mistakes I made as a young Christian. In college, I was loving and serving God, enjoying the independence that comes from trusting Him for my every move. I loved Jesus more than anything in […]

Here’s to one of life greatest gifts–girlfriends! Without them we wouldn’t be who we are. Friends–the right kind of friends–make us better, stronger, wiser. They make us laugh. They keep us real. They tell us the truth, even if it’s not what we want to hear. They listen to our woes, even if it’s not […]

God wants us to do kingdom-building work in our daily lives! Michele Pillar shares why it is so important to let God in on the little things every day. We are all alike. Our human will is strong and a force to be reckoned with. The good news is our real life is eternal. C.S. […]

    As a little girl I remember folding my hands, bowing my head and talking to God. I’ve always prayed. But I haven’t always prayed well. Or enough. Sometimes I still don’t. Can you relate? But I do know this: my prayers matter and so do yours. Especially for those we love.

The most life-changing, light-bulb-moment I’ve ever had regarding forgiveness occurred in 1990. I was sick and tired of carrying around ill feelings and age-old resentment. Fact is, I needed help to let go without waking up the next day finding I was still mad. When this epiphany happened, I didn’t see it coming. It was […]