Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly… Birds fly over the rainbow, why then oh why can’t I? These words, from the song made popular by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz, were sung to me by my mother when I was a young girl and when I was a new mother anytime I got discouraged or down. No matter what I was dealing with, she knew when to spontaneously start singing, and it always brought even the slightest smile to the situation. Today I don’t hear my mother’s wonderful voice as often…guess we thought I out grew it, …

His Way is Better

My life is not at all what I thought it would be, and nowhere close to what I “hoped” it would be when I was growing up. I don’t say that regretfully. The Lord has shown me so many times that my thoughts are not His thoughts and His ways are not my ways. Praise the Lord for that! Sometimes in life, we end up being most grateful for the things in life that at that time we hated the most. I look back over my life and see fingerprints of God all over it. Places I lived, people I …

My Dad: Salvation to Service

I was born into the home of new believers. My mother found Christ first and spent a full year praying for my father. He had once said he would go to church but he would never want a Christian in his home. He never did find God. God found him. He found him in his room searching the scriptures for the UFO’s his older brother swore were in there. He found my father wrestling through the Old Testament exclaiming he could believe in Him, it was this crazy Jesus he couldn’t swallow. He found him considering conversion to Judaism. Then …

Who are we pleasing?

A thought has been in my mind for quite some time. A thought that seems to judge, but I am just as guilty. A thought about parenting, about the past, about what my spirit is teaching, and about what I am learning… a thought about truth. You see I look around and see. I see more deeply than before. I see what my past has done to me; the thoughts, the inescapable connections in my brain that have been hard wired because of a choice or a thought, whichever it may be, that occurred a long time ago. Sometimes I …

Believers Are To Think and Live Commendable Lives

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4: 8-9 Some parents don’t set worthy examples for their children to follow and expect them not to live as they do but as told to live. That is not a commendable way for parents to raise children. It isn’t always true, but most children imitate the lifestyle to …

A New Tradition

A tradition is simply the transmission of beliefs from generation to generation.  We have to be careful that we do not get caught in them and undermine the authority of our creator, but rather bring Him pleasure by remembering Him in all that we do.  Such traditions that bring Him pleasure are saying grace before we eat or the taking of the Lords Supper.  As we do this, we quote “…Do this to call me (affectionately) to remembrance.” I Cor. 11: 24 AMP  I am always amazed at the various types of family traditions that I hear about during Christmas …

Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward

  When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them. One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter …

Train Up A Child

Challenge from the Book of Judges: Train Up A Child         “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.”  Judges 2: 10 The new generation neither knew God nor what he had done for Israel. The new generation not only does not know God — no personal relationship – but they do not even know about Him. Learning about God – factual information – can draw others in. We can think of it as tilling up the soil of …

The Prayer of a Father-to-Be

    The Prayer of a Father-to-Be       “Oh Lord I beg you.  Let the Man of God You sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” Judges 13: 8 Isaac. Samson. Jesus. The miraculous announcement of each baby was provided in advance.  The response by Manoah, the father of Samson, is recorded in Judges 13:8. When told of God’s plans for Samson, Manoah responded in prayer. Two key points in his prayer provide prayer prompts for us. First of all — He begs the Lord.  Do …

Making Marriage Matter with Leah Heffner

Play / pause 1x 1.5x 2x 0:00 0:00 31:02 volume Making Marriage Matter with Leah Heffner iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSS Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreAlthough she is off caffeine for a season, you can’t tell it by her contagious energy. Leah Heffner blogs about marriage, parenting and faith. Her passion will inspire you to live intentionally. Don’t miss her online course, “Making Marriage Matter” which she describes: “Breathing Life Into Your Marriage through a Heart Attitude of Thankfulness was created to encourage you in your right now of …