TODAY IS LAUNCH DAY!

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It’s LAUNCH DAY and we want this to be a HUGE release. Head on over to Amazon right now and pick up your copy. If you have read it already, please leave a review, it will really help us on rankings. Thank you for all those who have shared and helped to promote this book. I pray it touches lives and brings hope and encouragement.

10 Ordinary, Boring, Mundane Things that Bring Joy to Us and Glory to God

10 Ordinary, Boring, Mundane Things that Bring Joy to Us and Glory to God

This coming May Brynna will turn 12 years old. To be honest, we weren’t sure we would ever make 12 days, much less 12 years. Today I was watching her walk across the living room unassisted as she plopped herself down to watch her seven billionth episode of Blue’s Clues. For some reason I was stunned in that moment at just how much she had grown and how much she had changed. I always think of Brynna as “the baby” though she is far from it and today, that hit home.

I Wonder What Foster Children Think at Church?

I Wonder What Foster Children Think at Church?

About a week after K. came to live with us, we noticed something; he LOVED to go to church. He asks us almost daily, “Do we go to church damarrow?” When we say “yes” gets really excited, his countenance aflame with joy. We found him a small Bible to carry, and he carries it proudly every service. It is really sweet to see. Though he doesn’t yet understand many of the words, he still wants me to read from it each night after we read something on his level.

The Tentacles of Tragedy and God’s Abundant Grace

The Tentacles of Tragedy and God’s Abundant Grace

Today began as a heavy-hearted day. On the news I saw a story of three children killed in a tragic accident at a bus stop. Last night a dear family in our community suddenly lost a child. Yesterday a another lady and two children were killed in a car accident. These are heavy times, deep waters. Thomas Paine was once quoted as saying, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Indeed.

Check Out the New Trailer!

Check Out the New Trailer!

Pre-order sales are open now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. LIVE Sales begin November 30th! We are super excited about this book and know it will touch the lives of many. The enduring faithfulness of God is the sustaining force we need to navigate the turbulent seas of our day. Remember, all proceeds go to The Crucible’s Fire to fund the production of material for encouraging those on the front lines of disciplemaking and to help us all know Him and make Him known.

Can I say 'Amen', Mr. Parker?

Can I say 'Amen', Mr. Parker?

Sometimes foster children call you all sorts of things. Sometimes they call you Mom and Dad like everything else. This go-round we are Mrs. Tammy and Mr. Parker for reasons unknown to us we acquired those names after about two weeks of being Mom and Dad. It doesn’t matter, but I will say that Mr. Parker has a very sweet sound coming out of the mouth of a tiny five year old.

3 Reasons Romance Alone Can't Sustain Your Marriage

3 Reasons Romance Alone Can't Sustain Your Marriage

Over the past couple of years I have been astonished by the sheer number of instances where our enemy, the one who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, has weaseled his way into a family and home, seeking to bring utter desolation the bride of Christ by breaking up the family. He is gaining ground, and that makes me angry.

It's Finally Here! Pre-order Your Copy Today

It's Finally Here! Pre-order Your Copy Today

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Embers from The Crucible's Fire

My wife saw this comment on a post on the Humans of Foster Care Facebook page.

 "My 6 year old adopted from foster care asks me when he sees a mom with a baby 'I wonder if she's a safe mommy or if he needs a new family' "

This is the tragedy we walk in every day. These little ones have seen so much and have such a tragic worldview. Consider foster care today. Show them a redeemed world that looks nothing like the one they know. We would love to show you how to get started.

 

Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

Just over a week ago a new foster placement came to our home. He is five. It feels weird to call a child a “placement,” but that is the term. He is small and lovable. As I stated in last week’s post, each new face brings to mind the heaviness of a world broken since that fateful act of disobedience in the garden. However, from time to time, out of the ashes of abuse and neglect we are privileged … no, blessed and humbled … to see a flower of life and redemption sprout where once there was only desolation.

How to Ruin Church Volunteers in One Easy Move

How to Ruin Church Volunteers in One Easy Move

When I was in college I learned something that has stuck with me ever since. It's called the Peter Principle. It was developed by a fellow named Laurence J. Peter. In simple terms, his theory states that people tend to rise to the level of their incompetence. You could say it another way:

People are often promoted one level higher than they are capable of performing.

My Thoughts on ThoughtFull by Dorena Williamson

My Thoughts on ThoughtFull by Dorena Williamson

In her charming and insightful book, ThoughtFull, author Dorena Williamson shines light on something we desperately need more of in our world; thinking of others and appreciating our differences. This delightful children’s book is a wonderful teaching tool and conversation starter as we attempt to teach them how to be more like Jesus as they relate to the world around them.

How to Ruin Church Volunteers in One Easy Move

How to Ruin Church Volunteers in One Easy Move

When I was in college I learned something that has stuck with me ever since. It's called the Peter Principle. It was developed by a fellow named Laurence J. Peter. In simple terms, his theory states that people tend to rise to the level of their incompetence. You could say it another way:

People are often promoted one level higher than they are capable of performing.