Winning the Lottery

In 2011, there was almost $262 billion in lottery tickets sold worldwide. That’s $262,000,000,000 in tickets. In other words, that’s an average of about $37 worth of lottery tickets per person. Nobody in my family bought a lottery ticket last year, so somebody else must have spent our $259. Whatever the differences between the buyers—race, […]

Spending Time Together

Eighteen years and a couple months ago, the man who is now my husband asked me for a date. I accepted his invitation because he seemed like a nice guy, and I thought it would be fun to get to know him better. (Plus, he was cute!) We went out to eat at a barbecue […]

Fence Friends

Recently, two friends and I were eating lunch at Cracker Barrel. We had managed to avoid—for the moment, at least—the temptation to spend all our money in the general store part of the establishment, and we had been seated at a nice table by the window. As we chatted, our conversation turned to relationships and […]

Growing in Study

This is the last devotion in a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. A couple months ago, Ellie and I were working on her schoolwork. I gave […]

Growing in Worship

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. Today is my daughter Ellie’s 8th birthday. Her slumber party (or, as my mom used […]

Growing in Frugality

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “frugal”? I’ll admit that for […]

Growing in Fellowship

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. For a few years, I belonged to a small Hispanic church, where I served as […]

Growing in Fasting

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. Fasting: purposefully going without a particular item for a certain period of time. Every mom […]

Growing in Giving

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. At first glance, this might not seem like a topic in which moms need instruction. […]

Growing in Silence

This devotion is part of a series of devotions on how to grow in your walk with God. If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to read the introductory devotion, Growing in God: Mommy Edition. Our house can get pretty loud and crazy at times. I bet yours can too. […]

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