Clear out your spiritual clutter as you organize your home! ​ Christian speaker, blogger, and author Shannon Upton is back to help you build your house with Jesus as the perfect cornerstone. Through her conversational style, fun anecdotes, and step-by-step guides, you’ll learn how to establish the perfect amount of structure for you and your […]

I left for the airport early, but I wasn’t looking forward to this trip. After I had accepted the assignment, the town where the event would be held had been flooded. I called the hostess, expressed my sympathy and offered to reschedule. She was adamant the event continue. Then she said, “We need your funny […]

When I was working on The Lion King, I began to think about the possibility of the King of all kings being known all over the earth through animated stories. However, I enjoyed my success as an artist and, like all filmmakers, dreamt of achieving an Oscar. God used a distasteful bag of cookies I […]

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1–3 (NASB95) Growing up my mother often quoted this scripture reminding me that […]

How do you help or encourage someone who has suffered a loss? Sometimes it’s incredibly simple. Our daughter Michelle died when she was a week old. People responded in many ways, but four simple things people did brought profound comfort in that difficult time.

It’s no coincidence I named my youngest son Isaiah. It was in the book of Isaiah that I started hearing the heart of God on the topic of rest. The truth of this Scripture lay upon my shoulders like a cashmere shawl on a crisp fall day. Its warmth is far-reaching and satisfying. Its truth […]

After wishing my Mother-in-love a final happy birthday and saying goodbye, I hopped into the hotel shuttle. The driver asked me, “How old is your mother?” “Eighty. Yesterday was her birthday. We had a wonderful celebration. Now I’m going home to Denver.” “It’s my birthday today.”

“Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40 (NASB) I don’t know about you, but I am a pretty good liar when it comes to a self-evaluation. It’s kind of like looking in the mirror, I see the 18-year-old body I use to have and not the […]

What do you do when you feel frozen in your tracks? You’ve made it this far but now you are not sure how you should proceed. Now that you’ve graduated what do you do? Your kids are grownup; whose needs do you attend to now? The person you thought you would love forever has left. […]

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33  NKJV This verse has sustained me through good times and more importantly the difficult times.  I became a Christian at age 16. We had made a difficult transition to Washington, D.C. because my father served […]

I often hear other Christians say, “God is good!” I heard it when a sick child recovered. When a biopsy returned benign. When a job in jeopardy was saved. And when a rebellious teen turned back to God. But what about when the child dies or it comes back “cancer” or the job is lost […]

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 […]