Music

The Unstoppable American Spirit

The news may sound dire. But there is much good in America about which we can sing. As Samuel Francis Smith penned in 1831: “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing!” Join in the patriotic song.

Gallery

Hope: Gratitude Emerging from Darkness

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude, and what it means to be grateful. And truly, I’m thankful for many things in my life. I extend my attention into the tips of my toes and feel the ground beneath the tread of my worn New Balances. The tingling sensation in my fingertips signals to me that yes, I am in fact alive.

Relating

Blessing our Sons and Daughters

All that we desire for our children can be unlocked through faith, with our mouths. Declarations are positive statements, supported in the Bible, that claim Godly outcomes. Here are 10 prayer declarations for your children and the children of the world.

Relating

Recovering from a Broken Romance

Why do men and women continue to carry battle scars after a relationship folds? Months or even years later, the vestiges of a severed relationship may still hold fast. The Word of God has some answers for us. The Bible tells us, “He sent His word, and healed them” (Psalm 107:20).

Eating

Chilled Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Sesame

Springtime is asparagus time! Magically, the bright green spears appear from under moist, dark soil. This recipe features earthy asparagus paired with sesame undertones and a hint of lemon. Refrigerating the silky blend allows each subtle flavor to make its statement.

Eating

Carrot Raisin Snackin’ Salad

Eat your carrots, folks! They are cheap, convenient, tasty, and healthy. The recipe below is a great lunch side dish, after-school snack, or breakfast treat. It can satisfy cravings for both crunchy and sweet. Kids can even learn to make this “no cook” salad.

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Growing

Rushing

Scurrying to clean up my kitchen one morning, the Lord spoke to me: “Slow down.” I had been rushing around to prepare a healthy breakfast and clean up, in order to get to more important things in my day. He kept speaking: “That’s what’s wrong with people today. They think of caring for themselves as ancillary to life. It is part of life.”

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Growing

Pushing Off

I watched the silver-haired gentleman back his truck up to the dock, gliding his fishing boat a third into the shallow water. The angle of the 8-foot motorboat tipped the craft awkwardly into the lake, as if it would take on water. “Feels like me,” I thought. I had big dreams, lots of time, and no idea where to start.