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Prayer for the Day

I surrender all to you. All to you, Jesus, I surrender. I surrender all. 


Inspirational Quote

“We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can't we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?” 

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

11 Advantages Of Smaller Churches
Current Happenings

Church planters are some of the great heroes of the faith. Especially when you realize how many church plants fail within the first few years.

But I wonder, how many failed churches might still be alive and well today if we didn’t pressure them to reach numerical goals that most churches, even after decades of existence, fail to achieve?

What would happen if, instead of sending one church planter to start a church, hoping for it to reach (to pick an arbitrary number) 5,000 attendees, we sent...

The Blessing of a Normal Day
Nourish My Day

by Becky Johnson


Today, after a feverish couple of days, I woke up to sunshine, feeling well again! I think bouts of illness or pain, big or small, serve as reminders to embrace the euphoria of an everyday, average, normal day without sickness or pain.

Feeling under-the-weather reminds me to pray for my very brave friends who are battling health issues that go on for weeks, months, years. And to use my good health to do good things in this world, not to take it for granted or waste the privilege.

The aftermath...



Becky Johnson has been a published author (and also collaborator) of dozens of books over the last 20 years ranging from inspirational humor to brain science. (Many were published under her former name, Becky Freeman.) Zondervan released her mother-daughter humorous food memoir (with recipes), We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, written with her daughter Rachel Randolph, in 2013.  The mother-daughter duo released their next book, Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep in January 2015.


Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage Alive
Current Happenings

by Jim Burns


This comes from Jim Burns' HomeWord blog. 

Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage Alive

It has often been said that the best thing you can do for your children is to love your spouse. At times, this means putting your spouse’s needs before your children’s. Many children who grew up in a home where the parents had a child-focused marriage say they have a difficult time knowing what a good marriage looks like exactly. In other words, your greatest family investment may be your...



Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 


Your Part in Making Him Known
Discipleship Moment

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


I have a faded cartoon clipping in my Bible that depicts an operating room. A female patient is seen lying on a table, surrounded by a medical team. At her side is a shocked surgeon holding up a small book by a pair of forceps.

“What do you know?” he exclaims in the caption. “Mrs. Brown did have a book in her!”

While it pokes gentle fun at everyone who claims to have a book in them, I keep the funny as a reminder that I must plant myself in a chair and do the hard work of mining the...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com


Hospitality Is a Commandment
Current Happenings

One of the oddest passages in the New Testament is Hebrews 13:2, which charges Christians not to “neglect hospitality since through it, some have shown hospitality to angels without realizing it.” There are undoubtedly many good reasons to be hospitable: to please God, to reflect Jesus’ command to love our neighbors, to make the world better, to increase our own happiness, to inspire reciprocal actions in others, to learn from people different from ourselves and probably others less...

Tips for Growing Great Kids #182
Parents Place

by Cheri Fuller


Experiment with the wind, using kites and pinwheels.




Cheri Fuller is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of over 45 books—including her newest, Dangerous Prayer: Discovering Your Amazing Story in the Eternal Story of God (Barbour Books). Having been awarded the Gold Medallion for her coauthored book and twice the Silver Medallion, Cheri’s works have sold well over one million copies and impacted people both in the U.S. and around the world. Order Dangerous Prayer from www.amazon.com.



Inspirational Quote

To be blessed is not an end in itself; we must be a blessing to others. All people have a talent in one way or another to touch and inspire other people's lives. Let us not only look inward and proudly say 'all is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth' (2 Ne. 28:21), but let us be a light unto a chaotic world.

Hans B. Ringger

Here's What You Can Do to Support Foster Families
Current Happenings

My wife and I are foster parents to a fantastic 18-month-old girl we will soon adopt. This season has been filled with incredible blessings, but it has also been the most trying season of our lives. Having talked with other foster parents, I’m convinced our experience is not an anomaly; it is the norm. Struggle is interwoven with fostering because as much as God loves and supports orphan care, the enemy hates and opposes it. This is why the people of God must step in and serve as the hands...

Jesus What a Savior - Housefires (Featuring Kirby Kaple)
Video of the Day

"Jesus What a Savior" featuring Kirby Kaple from Housefires' fourth live album, "We Say Yes." Enjoy!

Shellie’s Southern Pecan Pie Cake
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

4 large eggs

1 cup softened butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups chopped pecans

We’ll begin by preparing a 9×12 cake pan with cooking spray. We’ll beat four eggs until they’re fluffy and then we’ll add one cup of softened butter. Once this is well combined well, we’ll add two cups brown sugar, one cup of all purpose flour and a teaspoon of vanilla. Don’t overwork your batter, y’all. As soon as the ingredients are mixed, we’ll fold in two cups...


Inspirational Quote

“The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of God’s love everywhere you go.” 

– Ann Voskamp

5 Ways to Start 'Divorce-Proofing' Your Marriage
Current Happenings

My husband and I got divorced before we got married.

Well, not really but we had a tumultuous dating relationship that culminated in a broken engagement and two years of non-communication. So when we announced our second engagement (three years later), neither of us were surprised when our skeptical friends predicted, “You guys are going to have a tough first year of marriage.”

Click through to continue reading. 


Inspirational Quote

"Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.” 

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

Mini Cranberry and Zucchini Muffins
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini

1/3 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup dried cranberries

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Zest of a small orange

2 teaspoons fresh orange juice


We’ll start by combining a half cup of sugar, a half cup of peeled and shredded zucchini, a third cup of almond milk, one egg and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.

Now, in a separate bowl, we’ll add two teaspoons of baking powder to a cup of all-purpose...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com



Inspirational Quote

“The art of giving is believing there is enough love in you, that you are loved enough by Him, to be made enough love to give.” 

― Ann Voskamp

One-on-One with Keith Getty
Current Happenings

Keith Getty was recently honored as an "Officer of the Order of the British Empire" by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Christianity Today was able to talk with him about the award, his contribution to modern hymn writing, and his new book.

Ed: Give us some background on the award you just received.

Keith: It's called the OBE and it’s an Order of the British Empire. It happens each year on New Year’s Day and on the Queen's birthday, during which they honor people who have enriched the...


Inspirational Quote

In gratitude for God's gift of life to us we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.     

Wilferd A. Peterson

Peachy Balsamic Chicken
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Becky Johnson


Ingredients

2 T. olive oil
6-7 boneless chicken thighs
grill or steak seasoning (or your favorite seasoned salt)
1/2 c. chicken or vegie broth

1/4 c. aged balsamic vinegar
1/3 c.  peach preserves or jam (or try orange marmalade, cherry or apricot jam/ preserves if you prefer)
1 T. grainy mustard (or hot Chinese mustard)

1/3 c. chopped green onions for garnish

Lightly season both sides of chicken pieces with your favorite seasoned salt. In a hot large skillet with about 2 T. olive oil,...



Becky Johnson has been a published author (and also collaborator) of dozens of books over the last 20 years ranging from inspirational humor to brain science. (Many were published under her former name, Becky Freeman.) Zondervan released her mother-daughter humorous food memoir (with recipes), We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, written with her daughter Rachel Randolph, in 2013.  The mother-daughter duo released their next book, Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep in January 2015.



Inspirational Quote

“The world is brokenhearted and full of suffering, and if you listen to what life needs instead of what you need from it, you could fill the brokenness with your own brokenhearted love—and this will in turn fill you.”  

--Ann Voskamp

Tessa Afshar Writes in Search of Sacred Romance
Current Happenings

When her parents divorced, Tessa Afshar found herself in a strange new world. Growing up as a child of nominal Muslims in Iran, she’d vaguely believed in God, but had never been particularly religious. Yet here she was now, attending a girls’ boarding school in England—and, as with most such schools, that meant that on Sundays, she went to a church.

The congregation’s rules weren’t too stringent: During the service, foreign students were even invited to sit in the balcony and...


Inspirational Quote

Be happy when God answers your prayer but be happier when you are an answer to others prayers.

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What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship
Video of the Day

"What A Beautiful Name" from Hillsong's album 'let there be light'' recorded live at Hillsong Conference in Sydney.

Feta Cheese Frittata
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 dozen eggs

4 ounces feta cheese

4 ounces Monterey Jack

1 pound mushrooms, sliced

1 cup chopped onion, pepper, celery blend

1/4 cup milk

Salt and Pepper

Tony Chacheres


We’ll begin by melting a couple tablespoons of butter and stirring in a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. We’ll use this to saute a cup of vegetables from a frozen blend of chopped onions, peppers and celery. When they’re soft,...



Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com


Ten Things I’d Go Back and Tell Myself on a First Date
Today’s Top Ten

As someone who went on not one, not two, but nine blind dates, I know how awkward and nerve-wracking the experience can be. Although I’ve hung up my blind-dating career now that I’m married to a wonderful man (and yes, I met him on my ninth and final blind date!), I frequently find myself talking to other people in that awkward territory of first dates, and I wish I could spare them from some of the angst I went through myself. I’m not sure if there’s any way to...


Prayer for the Day

Lord, I do not know what to do, but I am looking for your help. 


Prayer for the Day

Lord, I rest in you. 


Prayer for the Day

Oh Lord, my God, how I praise you for your precious promises. I stand on your promise to strengthen those who are fully committed to you and commit myself to you for whatever purpose you have for me. 


Prayer for the Day

Help us, Lord of all comfort, to discover over and over again that you re enough. Empower us to choose to believe and receive your unfailing love, no matter how we are feeling or how fierce the trials we face. 


Prayer for the Day

Resurrection power, flow freely in me and through me. 


Prayer for the Day

Resurrection power, flow freely in me and through me. 


Prayer for the Day

Father, you are a God who hears and answers prayer. How gracious that you act on behalf of those who seek you. 


Prayer for the Day

Father, I fix my eyes on you. When my vision wanders, call me back. 

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