Tag: Mendie Skarp

Gifts for Moms, Friends & Yourself

Gifts for Moms, Friends & Yourself

[Gifts for mom, special girlfriends, or yourself can go a long way in bringing joy and lifting spirits.] Today, I received a basket of flowers from my husband. It’s not my birthday, or anniversary or even Mother’s Day. It’s May Day. A “made-up” day for 

Letting Go of Control: Jesus Prays in the Garden

Letting Go of Control: Jesus Prays in the Garden

Letting go of control and submitting to the will of God, even in the best of times is difficult for most of us to do. Even when we know in our hearts that God’s ways are always best, our fears and emotions get the best 

Easter Sunday: He Has Risen Indeed!

Easter Sunday: He Has Risen Indeed!

This week as we celebrate Easter Sunday: He Has Risen Indeed, we first remember the death of Jesus; the three days when Jesus was not alive on this earth. Remember not only the brutal physical sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, but we also 

Extravagant Worship: Jesus is Anointed

Extravagant Worship: Jesus is Anointed

[Inside: Extravagant Worship: Jesus is Anointed / Week 2 of  “A Journey to the Cross: 40 Days in the Footsteps of Jesus”] What, in your life would you describe as extravagant? What item or activity or behavior? Go ahead… I’ll give you a minute. Having 

Find Your Word for the Year

Find Your Word for the Year

[Inside: Find your Word of the Year] My word of the year is REDEEM. Redeem  From the latin word redimere meaning, to buy back. Definition: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something). gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment. fulfill 

I Praise God for ALL of It

I Praise God for ALL of It

[Inside: I Praise God for All of It] Life is Hard If I’m honest…. This last year has been a doozie. Whether you call it life… bad luck… attacks from Satan, or just things that happen because we are living in a fallen world – 

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

[Inside: A Christmas Cookie Tradition] Traditions Then… I love cooking with my boys. They have been in the kitchen with me since they were old enough to stand on a step stool next to the counter. We would all put our aprons on, and I 

How to Find Hope When God Says, “No” (Free eCourse!)

How to Find Hope When God Says, “No” (Free eCourse!)

(Inside: How to Find Hope When God Says, “No”) Parenting is Hard Work Let’s face it, nobody likes being told, “No.” Human nature tends to mean, we want what we what when we want it. And if pressed hard enough, we can probably come up 

It’s All About ME

It’s All About ME

[Inside: Why we should submit to each other.] Togetherness It’s August. The sun is shining, the pool is sparkling, the lake is calling, and the kids have been home now for 8 weeks… (but who’s counting?!) For the most part it’s been wonderful. The schedule 

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

(Inside: Redeemed – an African story of love and redemption.)   Redeemed: A Boy’s Story He was 9 years old in April of 1994.  He and his 8 brothers and sisters lived with their parents in a village not far from the capital city of