Someone close to me is struggling this week, so please join me in sharing a prayer for everyone who needs support today.

I pray you feel the peace of knowing God is always near and always cares.

I pray you know the hope that assures you a new day and a promising future.

I pray you are comforted by the awareness of all your blessings and the realization of God’s plan for your life.

Today please know you have the support of family and friends, the attention of a loving God, and the strength to face any challenge. Today I pray you know how much you are loved.

What is your prayer for today? What do you need to give you peace and strength?


On Monday morning, the snow began, falling all day to cover streets, sidewalks, and the flowerpots on my patio. I watched the rising ripples of snow and wondered how long I would have to stay inside my warm and cozy walls.

Through Monday night, the road crews worked, pushing snow into piles on the corners, cleaning roads, walkways, and parking lots. I heard the crashing blades and grinding gears rumbling out of sight across the dark. In the morning I saw streets smoothed, slick and glittering, in the sun.

God often works that way within our lives. While we rest and wait and wonder, God operates behind the scenes. We hear the distant rumblings of change, trust that God is performing the needed work, then awake in the morning to find new roads cleared, new routes created where none had been before.

God opens the paths he wants us to take, clears some roads, and blocks others we should not travel. He indicates the safest routes available to us and steers us away from dead ends and blind corners. We can know that whatever the storm drops onto the road ahead, God will know how to make the way clear.

Today I pray you trust that God is clearing the road you should travel. Know that wherever you turn, God always sees what lies ahead.

Where is the road taking you today? Where have you seen God’s work opening paths in your life?


Many years ago I spent my days teaching a kindergarten prep program for the school district. While I taught my students about sharing toys and rhyming words, I learned a few lessons as well.

We learn something new every day. Each day is an opportunity to discover and explore new ideas, experiences, and relationships. We never outgrow the desire to learn, and when we remain open to new possibilities, every day can be an exciting adventure.

As we grow stronger, we will climb higher. Life is about testing our limits, and we never stop growing and developing new abilities. When we are not afraid to face new challenges, extend our reach, and grab for a higher bar, eventually we will arrive at the top.

Friendships can be fluid. Sometimes people join us for a while, teach us what we need to learn in that season, and then move on to interactions with others. When we love the people who share our lives, and remain open to discovering new friendships, we find that we always have the relationships we need when we need them.

Play outside every day. We live on a great and beautiful planet of changing seasons and endless horizons. We are never too old to find wonder in the world around us. When we take time to notice new sights and appreciate the beauty God created, we experience joy.

Wash your hands. While playing outdoors is fun, it is important to clean up when we go back to class. We are responsible for taking care of ourselves, and when we spend the time properly maintaining our health, we stay strong and available to care for others.

Today I pray you love and learn, play and grow. Always know God is at the head of your class.

What have you learned from your experiences with children in your care? What do you want to teach the children in your life?


So many people I know could use a prayer today. For anyone who needs it, I offer this:

I pray you are confident.

“In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).

Feel certain that you are important to God and he has you in his care.

I pray you are trusting.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Know that God has a plan for you and you can believe in him to complete it.

I pray you feel peace.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:7).

May God give you quietness and rest on your anxious and busy days.

I pray you find strength.

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

May you feel him give you power to persevere and succeed.

I pray you experience joy.

“Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

May you be blessed with great happiness, today and always.

Please share a prayer with someone you know. I pray you are richly blessed each day.

What is your prayer this morning? What are you asking from God today?


While I'm enjoying a particularly busy week, please enjoy one of  my favorite posts from the archives! 

I spotted this little leftover snowman after last season's Christmas shopping frenzy. When I showed my daughter the picture, she said, "Notice he's still smiling!"

If a dented clearance-sale snowman can keep his smile, we all have many reasons to put on a happy face.

"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Smile when you are bent, bruised and damaged; because you know you are still valuable to God.

Smile when you feel alone, abandoned and rejected; because you know you still have God's company.

Smile when you are unsure, afraid and uncertain; because you know God still has a plan for you.

Keep your smile because you are keeping your faith, and know God smiles on you!

Be happily blessed today!


The cold and snow have turned my musings to wintry thoughts this week. I’m considering that the snowman the neighbor kids built might have something to say about surviving winter’s dark and cold.

Stand through the storm. Snowmen patiently endure the battering winds and biting cold because they know they are built on a sturdy foundation. We can stand strong while tempests rage when we stand on the solid ground of faith.

Keep smiling. Snowmen keep their friendly grins because they know that winter cannot last forever. We can stay positive through trying times when we remember that the dark and sleepy months will soon turn into bright and hopeful spring.

Have a warm heart. Despite surrounding frigid temps and icy frozen days, snowmen know a ray of sunshine will always make them melt. We can be strong in the face of adversity while allowing our hearts to soften in response to a tender moment.

I hope you stay strong through the cold nights ahead. Know that bright and sunny days will soon return.


How do you endure when cold winds blow? What have you learned about standing through the storms?


As I greet 2018, I’m looking forward to a prosperous year ahead. I know this will be a year of action and change, and I’m ready for all God has planned.

I pray 2018 will be a promising year for all my coworkers, family, and friends. I hope that we feel the presence of God and see the evidence of his power at work in our lives. I ask that the new year brings many blessings, much joy, and abundant peace to all who share our world.

I pray we trust in God’s timing for all the good that lies ahead, we rely on his power to give us courage, and we remember his strength is made perfect in our weakness.

I pray we grow in faith, in hope for the future, and in confidence as we take the next steps on the path ahead.

May you be generously blessed in 2018. Know God is with you every day of the year.

What is your prayer as you begin the new year? How will you know God is directing your steps throughout the days ahead?


This Christmas I’m considering the journey of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what her faith says to all women who follow God. While Mary walked the long and winding miles to Bethlehem, her faith didn’t waver, and she encourages all of us to believe and trust in the God who leads the way.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

God is aware of our worries. He knows all we need, and he promises to give us the courage and strength to continue on our travels.

God will answer our prayers. He wants us to pray, to express our uncertainties and fears, and he always addresses the concerns we bring to him.

God will be with us on our journey. He stays alongside our every step and guides us to the destinations we seek.

God gives shelter throughout the night. He promises to bring us to safe places, and he protects and provides for us when the road ahead seems unclear.

Today I encourage you to believe that God is watching over you. Trust that he loves you and always knows where you are.

How is God taking care of you today? How do you know God is aware of your needs?