marriage monday
Marriage Monday: May 21, 2018‬‬

A branch can’t receive life from another branch. The branches of a grapevine get their life from the main trunk or vine.

My husband and I are like two branches on a vine. If he’s my source of life, we both get dried up. If God’s our source of life, we both get filled up.

“I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

reconciliation not retribution
Reconciliation not retribution

“Healing does not barter back everything tragedy steals, but when we enter it together, we already co-midwife a kinder tomorrow.“ Hana Shapiro

God asks for reconciliation, not retribution. The ministry of reconciliation is won only through God’s love., and is the only way to have peace with healing. Whether the aggrieved parties are 2 prickly people or 2 prickly people groups, reconciliation is about winning in the future. Retribution is about losing in the past. #pricklypeople

A portion of my book profits for Making Peace with Prickly People are donated to Musalaha (see more about this on my Prickly People page). Here’s an article about their current work of reconciliation in the middle east. 

“He will judge between the nations and decide for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more. Come house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of ADONAI.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭TLV‬‬

marriage monday
Marriage Monday: May 7, 2018

Abba, help me pause before pinning the blame on my prickly spouse. Pride puts blinders on me too.

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NLT

Launch Day for Mindful!


Life-giving relationships fulfill you. They enrich and empower you.

We are created by God for relationships and everything we do involves other people.

When you break a leg, your leg hurts. But when you break a relationship, your life hurts. God wants to breathe new life into your hurts.

This 30-day devotional is divided into three sections, each exploring a different type of relationship. Each entry combines a Scripture verse, a short description, and personal discovery questions. Saturate your mind with God’s life-giving words of encouragement for difficult relationships.

As an added bonus, there are three beautiful coloring pages included as a free download.

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“We love others best when we love God most.” Chris Zarbaugh

Be Mindful of life-giving relationships. Start by reading Mindful: Meditating & Coloring Your Way to Life-Giving Relationships.

“The most important [commandment],” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:29-31‬ ‭NIV‬

marriage monday
Marriage Monday: April 30, 2018

God uses the metaphor of marriage to describe the close, devoted relationship He wants with us. With that ‘marriage’ as a model, we can learn to be the best spouse to the one we marry on earth.

“Israel, I will make you my wife; I will be true and faithful; I will show you constant love and mercy and make you mine for ever. I will keep my promise and make you mine, and you will acknowledge me as Lord.”
‭‭Hosea‬ ‭2:19-20‬ ‭GNB‬‬