When I was a teenager…

When I was a teenager, about 14 years old, I was in that stubborn phase where I didn’t talk to my parents a whole lot. You know, going to my room, shutting the door, talking to my friends, gaining my independence. You know, a teenager.

My dad didn’t quite know how to get me out of that obstinate phase, although he was pretty close to superman if you ask me. Wise and smart and strong and funny and a hero. Even so, I kept to myself and my friends in that stubborn mode I was in. 

Until that summer. 

My dad asked me to work in his office. I was good at math, and he needed some assistance with number crunching and account transfers. I agreed. 

We would drive together in his car, silence paramount. 

I would work. Eat lunch in my cubicle. Work some more.

And, then, we would drive home. Me staying in my cocoon.

Until one day, he did something that changed everything. 

He asked me to go to lunch with him during the work day.

He had a million and one things to do. So many clients and coworkers he could go to lunch with.

But he asked ME to lunch.

That was the beginning of my dad and me being two peas in a pod. He got me and I got him. He was adventurous, and so was I. He was curious and asked questions and I could see he cared deeply about getting to know me. I mattered to him and he showed it by asking me to lunch.

We laughed, we smiled, we talked. Those quiet car rides became comfortable and chatty as we listened to my music in his convertible, our hair blowing in the wind. We had an awesome summer.

I’m so grateful for my dad. That he didn’t chalk it up to teenage years and walk the other way and not invest in me. That He kept leaning into me, despite my folded arms.

That he asked me to lunch to get to know me more. 

Looking back, I guess what moved me was that I felt seen and cared about and loved. 

It makes me think of our relationship with the Lord and how He pursues us. Even when we’re in that place of deep grief, grappling with unanswered questions, hurting because of things that happened that don’t make sense. 

We can get quiet in our grief, tired of religion, tired of easy answers, and tired of the clichés that don’t add up after going through something difficult.

But this story of my dad reminds me of how the Lord is relentless in pursuing us right where we are. 

If you’re in a season where you’re quiet. Where you are having a hard time talking with God, or you’re just enveloped in quietness and stillness because you’re grappling with grief and difficulty. That’s ok. THE LORD IS STILL THERE. He will pursue you. 

He pursued that one lost hurting lamb and lifted him up on his shoulders. 

He appeared to Thomas in his doubts and was there for him.

When Martha was deep in grief over her brother Lazarus dying, Jesus was there for her too. 

Martha brought her grief to Jesus. She didn’t hide her pain from Him. She didn’t reject Him. She didn’t pretend to have it all together. 

In John 11, Martha says to Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Standing right there in front of Jesus, she opened her heart of confusion and pain to him. 

Authentic. Real. Honest. That’s how God wants us to be with Him. 

Then Martha said, ‘But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’

Even though she didn’t have tidy answers – far from it – she still believed. She chose to. It’s ok if sometimes we aren’t feeling it and we’re having to just choose to believe and doing what we can because our heart is in so much pain. 

Jesus still shows up. He is still there with you right where you are and how you are. 

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ 

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? 

Jesus shifted her eyes from the here and now, and lifted them up to Him, to eternity, to believing in Him.

It can be so hard to rip our eyes away from the here and now when we have bleeding hearts. 

But, the Lord brings a great promise here. He is inviting you to something so beyond the here and now…He is inviting you into fellowship with Him that will last forever. Yes, weeping may remain for a night, but joy does come in the morning. 

That was Jesus’ greater message here. Life does not end here. 

While Lazarus was resurrected, eventually, Lazarus would die one day. Because of this, Jesus was lifting Martha’s eyes higher to Him by saying:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

And, He asks you this question too. You might have similar unanswered questions of why something has happened, wondering why there wasn’t a different outcome after so much prayer, or sitting in a grief that sears your heart deeply. 

Jesus lifts your face up too, and says to you in the middle of the questions: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

There is hope beyond here.

Martha, in her grief, answered Jesus’ question… “Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Jesus asked Martha to get her sister, Mary. Then Mary says the same thing… Mary fell at His feet and said, “’Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ‘Where have you laid him?’ he asked.

‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied.

Jesus wept.”

There was no reprimand by Jesus. No frustration in His voice. No anger at her honesty. Just tears of compassion.

“Then the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’

But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’”

Some of the people had honest questions. But Jesus had a higher purpose – He was getting ready to glorify God through raising Lazarus from the dead.

I think one of the bigger pictures here is that Jesus was trying to shift their eyes from the now to the eternal. Lazarus being raised from the dead is a reflection not only of God’s power, but also that one day we will be resurrected and live forever if we believe in Jesus. Isn’t that such a great hope!

It’s ok if grief and tears cover your lap right now. 

Joy comes in the morning. 

It’s okay if you have questions. 

Joy comes in the morning. 

It’s okay if you’re wrestling.

Joy comes in the morning.

There is a greater hope. 



Whether you feel like you’re in the car sitting in silence, or at the lunch table connecting and cherishing your time with the Lord, God will continue to pursue you because He loves you. 

You’re worth it to Him. 

He welcomes you as you are. From there, He will lift you up to be closer to Him.

by Linsey Driskill

Happy Easter!!!

Next time you feel that God is distant, remember that “God so LOVED the world that He gave up his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 He so loved YOU that he gave up His Son to be with you forever. 

He didn’t have to. He chose to. Out of love for you. He is near, just call out to Him. “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

Remember this Easter that no matter what you are going through, we are VICTORIOUS in Jesus. 


FREE Phone Screensavers, Social Media & Easter

While social media is the norm now, it doesn’t have to be for our kids. I remember a Christian Counselor, Sissy Goff, saying to wait as long as possible to start all that for our kids.

Our kids are forming their identities when they’re young. They’re so vulnerable to comparison and feeling like they need to fit in. Social media just intensifies that. In elementary school, middle school and early grades in high school, so much of a kid’s worth and who they are, hang on what other people think (and many times years beyond that- even as adults we grapple with that.) 

It can be detrimental for our kids to be on social media, playing the comparison game, always wondering what others think of them, or trying to present themselves in a certain way that they waste so much time and lose sight of who they are, not even having a chance to find out who they are because they get lost in others’ thoughts of them. 

I’m not saying what every family should do or at what age something should be allowed. That’s for each family to decide and every child is so different. But, I do think it’s really, REALLY important to look at the maturity level of our kids to determine that. 

A friend of mine let her kids decide junior or senior year in high school if they wanted to have social media. I know that might seem crazy to many, but she said that her kids were able to see the constant drama that surrounded social media and were so glad to not be a part of it. By the time they could be on it, they didn’t want to be.

A youth might decide to be on social media at some point when they’re mature, but in the meantime, let’s show our kids what it looks like to have real friendships, real conversations, by giving them opportunities to be with friends, IN PERSON. It’s so important to laugh and be silly and to be a kid and to enjoy the simple things. 

Our kids might feel like they’re missing out, but if you can tell them that really, the kids on social media are missing out because there are so many exciting things happening around us while others are tied to their screens. Let them know…Live your life! Don’t watch others’ lives on a screen. 

We. Do. Not. have to do what culture does.

Jesus never cared what culture thought. He cared what the right thing to do was. When he wasn’t supposed to heal on the sabbath, He did, because it was right. When everyone cared so much about being accepted, he told His followers to “shake the dust off their feet and leave that town” if someone didn’t welcome them. When the Pharisees called Jesus out for healing, He called them hypocrites. 

Jesus didn’t care what people thought. 

And we don’t need to care what culture thinks either.

We need to care most about our kids’ hearts and mental state.

That. Comes. First. 

What do your kids enjoy doing?

What makes them laugh?

What makes them smile and just be themselves?

Do more of that. 

And, if you can find other parents who think similarly and other kids who are of a similar mindset, that can be huge in your child not feeling like they are missing out or being left out. 

But again, you have to decide what’s best for your child.

Lord, we pray you would give us wisdom in this world of technology. Help us to navigate it and do what is best for our kids, regardless of what culture does. We pray for great opportunities for our kids to be kids, and to find joy in simple things. We pray for life-giving friendships for our kids, and that they would be lights for You and for what really matters. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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I don’t know what it is you’re going through right now- that big thing, small thing, hard thing, exhausting thing, whatever it is. 

But, what I do know, is that Easter morning shows us that God is greater than all. That no matter what you’re going through, you can take heart that Great is our Lord and Mighty in Power. 

He walked through the darkest places and rose above them so he could be with you, connect with you, to heal your heart, to carry you, to strengthen you, to pull you through this, whatever it is.i

With Easter approaching, remember that,

God knows. God cares. God loves you. 

We praise you, Lord, for your great miracle on Easter. We praise you for raising Jesus from death to life so we could have full and forever life with you. We praise you for giving us hope in You and for meeting our needs today according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 
In Jesus’ Name, amen.


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As we approach Easter & a GREAT activity!

As we are in the season of Lent and Easter is on the horizon, may we reflect on the sacrificial spirit of the Lord and how He is always led by love. Today, let’s sacrifice our pride and have a heart of forgiveness.


This is a practical activity for our kids (and us!) to do from my Mother-Daughter Devotional to show how we are forgiven from ALL of our sins through Jesus! Thank you, Lord! Let us begin preparing our hearts for the greatest miracle on Easter that gives us hope today, and forever. 


Leading up to Easter, I think about one of the the biggest losses of my life, while also one of the greatest gains. My dad going to be with the Lord on October 21, 2021 – I was definitely daddy’s little girl (and still am)… he lit up my life with his joy and humour and wisdom and love. Yet, I know He is now rejoicing with Jesus and that is the gain.

I’m sure you’ve experienced your own difficult things – joy laced with sorrow.

As our eyes are opened more and more to this world, don’t we see more and more of the pain here? And, also more and more of the joys here?

Life on earth means carrying both.

I am constantly reminded that even though we might feel like settlers here, we’re not. We’re not meant to stay here. We are meant to be with Jesus forever. Peace forever. That will come one day.

In the meantime, Lord, would you heal our hearts of the painful things that hurt. Would you open our eyes and hearts to love the sweet moments you pour into our laps? Show us how to carry both the pain and the joys. Thank you that you always have done that very thing. Carried the pain and the joy together. Especially through giving Your Son, Jesus, for us – the pain of You giving Your life for us, Jesus, & the joy of eternity that came the instant You were raised to Life. The forever forgiveness, and pure joy that came with that. Oh God, thank you! We are so grateful. As we meet the joys and sorrows of this world, Lord, would You be with us, lift us up and meet us here. We need You and love You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.❤️

Our Kids Asking Questions about Faith

Thomas was unsure, and Jesus met him where he was. Martha asked questions, and Jesus welcomed them and told her truth. Jesus asked God a question when he cried out in prayer, and God met Him there. 

Sometimes we think spiritually feeding our kids only means to give more and more information. But, sometimes, I think it means to simply give an open space for our kids to ask questions or to release doubt. It can be scary to hear our kids share doubts with us and to seem unsure about things, but if we don’t hear them they will either share with someone else or lock them up deep inside. 

When Thomas doubted, Jesus listened, invited him to come and see, and told him truth. When Martha asked why Jesus let her brother, Lazarus, die, Jesus didn’t scold her, but instead shared truth with her. And, Jesus Himself, asked God, ‘Why have you forsaken me?” after he took the sin of the world upon Himself.

Questions are okay. 

Sharing things we’re uncertain of is okay. 

I would say it’s even a good thing. Because it’s being honest. And, God is truth and He loves truth. He knows our hearts and our thoughts, and He wants a true, honest relationship with us. 

Jesus constantly asked reflective questions – He asked about 80 questions just in the book of Luke. I wonder why? Maybe because when we think through things ourselves, it helps our faith to be our own and to grow even deeper. 

The next time your child asks you questions, don’t be afraid, but listen. Be there for them. Let them know it’s okay and that we all have questions sometimes, and then point them to truth…that Jesus loves them, and meets them right here in this and loves them more than they could ever imagine. 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38


Lord, be with us today. Fill us up today. Lead us today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.


You might have heard this verse many times: “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28) I understood it in a new way after reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom.

She was a Christian evangelist who hid Jews during the Holocaust and was imprisoned because of it. When Corrie and her sister, Betsie, entered one of the filthy prisons infested with fleas, both starving, they cried out to the Lord.

As they lay side-by-side on a bunk with several other women, 1 Thessalonians 5 came to Betsie and she shared them with her sister: “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Corrie asked what on earth they could give thanks for. Betsie said that they were actually able to be together in prison and that their Bible miraculously had not been confiscated.

Then, Betsie prayed, “And thank you, Lord, for the fleas.” Corrie said she could never give thanks for fleas, but Betsie insisted that it is God’s will to give thanks in all circumstances.

So, while lying on their flea- and lice-infested straw beds, they gave thanks for the fleas.

After some time, they noticed that the soldiers rarely came into the barracks where they slept. Betsie and Corrie did not know why, but it allowed them to share the light of Jesus to other women for hours during such a dark time.

One day, Betsie asked a supervisor to come to the barracks. Betsie said to Corrie, “'[The supervisor] wouldn’t step through the door and neither would the guards. You know why?’

Betsie could not keep the triumph from her voice: ‘Because of the fleas!’ That’s what she said, ‘That place is crawling with fleas!’”

Corrie wrote, “My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for.”

Hours of ministering, changing lives, and offering hope in a dark time, all came because of the presence of fleas.

What is the hard thing in your life that God can use for good? To help someone. To bring comfort to someone. To point someone to the light of the Lord, and to finding hope in Him.

This daily shift of giving thanks always, can be hard and it takes discipline. But when we change our outlook, it moves our eyes and hearts upon things eternal and puts God’s purposes over ours.

Corrie writes,

“Side by side, in the sanctuary of God’s fleas, Betsie and I ministered the Word of God to all in the room. We sat by death beds that became doorways of heaven. We watched women who had lost everything grow rich in hope.”

Whatever is happening in your life, be encouraged by these words that relate to us even now:

“In everything God works for the good of those who love him.” Romans 8:28

Whether this season is a seamless or difficult one, let us keep giving thanks, knowing that the Lord is right there with us, walking with us, loving us always.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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