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Tag: Mendie Skarp

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 […]

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

If I heard it once, I must have heard it 50 times while in Africa, “Will you pray for me?” I heard if from people I met at church, at the girls school, teachers, pastors and strangers. People asking for prayer for their health, family […]

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

I am not a missions girl.  In fact, at the risk of having you think me un-godly, I will confess to you that “Missions Sunday” is my least favorite Sunday of the year. If you haven’t been to one, allow me to describe it for […]

Heartbroken for the Hungry

Heartbroken for the Hungry

(Inside: Helping the hungry in our world) Who does your heart break for? We sat out in a field, away from the city, away from the village homes.  Banana trees were across the dirt road standing tall and full. A small tent had been set […]

Friendship with God – Is That Even Possible?

Friendship with God – Is That Even Possible?

Think about the people who are closest to you in your life… that one person you go to right away when you are in trouble. The person you can talk to about anything.  Do you have their face in your mind? Now, think about how […]

Finding True North When You Don’t Know Your Way

Finding True North When You Don’t Know Your Way

Looking for True North Living in a house full of boys, you’d  think that I’d  know exactly how a compass works.  I mean, I think I do…you hold the small circular device in your hand, and there is a needle on the face of the […]


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