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Today’s Eco Tip for December 31, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Make your New Years Resolutions! This year, try to eat a little healthier, exercise a little more, and take some serious action to conserve our planet’s resources.

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Pray for Linda M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“She was told that without chemo she has 6 to 8 months to live and with chemo she has 12 to 13 months to live – she is raising three grandchildren.” –beckyalva Add your prayers now

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Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 8:12-19 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are […]

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John 8:12-19

posted by Jana Melpolder

[12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. [13] The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 31

posted by Jana Melpolder

“What you pay attention to you receive more of. Notice all the positives in your world today and draw even more beauty and joy into your life.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Introduction to “Creating the Family You Always Wanted”

posted by rphillips

Join author Mary E. DeMuth for “Creating the Family You Always Wanted,” a 12-week journey in Christian parenting. Twice a week, you’ll receive a new journaling prompt encouraging you to think about your family–and God–in new ways. Use these prompts […]

Pray for Felix

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for Felix who is trying to get his visa in Ghana to come to the USA to start a new life with his fiance.” –JeanCampbell3 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 30, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 7:53-8:11 53 Then each of them went home, 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and […]

John 7:53-8:11

posted by Jana Melpolder

[53] And every man went unto his own house. [1] Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. [2] And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 30, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Make sure that your windows and doorways are caulked and weather-stripped. This will save you money on cooling and heating costs.

Fearless in Love: Being Fearlessly Single

posted by lmarcus

I’ll admit it: I’ve been single, I’ve been married, I’ve been divorced, and along the way I’ve learned how to land on my feet, self intact, no matter what happens. (The presence of my sister and my two wonderful daughters […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 30

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Think about how your home nurtures those who live there. What is the feeling you get when you walk into your house or apartment at the end of the day? How might you weave more spirit into your home?” –Mimi […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 29, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

A little extra effort can save you plenty of cash in heating bills every year. Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all of your doorways and windows.

Pray for Liz and Her Husband

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband and I have been trying for a baby for more than 5 years now – the emotional and physical pain have made me scared.” –longing4ababy Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 29, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 7:37-52 37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As […]

John 7:37-52

posted by Jana Melpolder

[37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. [38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 29

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Turn your child’s ordinary bath into a magical ritual. Add some lavender oil to the tub water and turn on soothing music. Maybe even light a few candles in the bathroom as he or she gets into a relaxed state […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 29

posted by Jana Melpolder

Where in the Bible does it support the belief in predestination? There are several texts usually thought to support the notion of predestination, mostly in the Pauline epistles. For example, Ephesians 1:3-14 is thought to suggest this idea, as does […]

Meeting the Risen Christ

posted by Jana Melpolder

So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid (Mark 16:8). Why would the women’s first reaction to Jesus’ resurrection be one […]

Pray for a Daughter Losing Her Father

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My father left my life 8 years ago – my father just found out he has a very fatal disease called Hepititis C. The doctors don’t give him very long – I don’t want to lose my father. All I […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 28, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. […]

Matthew 1:18-25

posted by Jana Melpolder

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 28, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup to reduce the trash you create.

The Top Ten List

posted by Jana Melpolder

Make a list of 10 things you want your children to know before they leave the nest. How can you parent today so they’ll know these 10 things? —Mary E. DeMuth This is part of Mary E. DeMuth’s guided journal, […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 28

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Add simple, silent moments to your day when you pause and acknowledge the blessings that surround you. These gratitude moments can occur when you are taking a shower in the morning or when your head hits the pillow at night.” […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

A Prayer Update

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The Power of Prayer is just AMAZING!!!! Our twins are coming along Great – both are at 2 pounds 12 ounces and doing well…mommy got to hold Damian for the first time – I want to thank all of you […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 27, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 1:39-56 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child […]

Luke 1:39-56

posted by Jana Melpolder

[39] And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; [40] And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. [41] And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 27, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Consider buying a newer refrigerator, since older models tend to consume more energy.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 27

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Honoring the food we prepare infuses the meal with positive energy. Take a moment as you are cooking or chopping vegetables to appreciate the glorious bounty, and bless it.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 1 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Pray for Rebecca S.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Home is in forecloser and there’s no place to go.” –bseal4u Add your prayers now

Pray for James M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

A WWII vet with cancer. –jimthehebrew Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 26, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s […]

Luke 1:26-38

posted by Jana Melpolder

[26] And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, [27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 26, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Give away your unwanted presents to charities or to hospitals rather than returning or throwing them out.

Fearless in Love: The Rewards of Emotional Fearlessness

posted by lmarcus

As we know, well-behaved women rarely make history. Part of becoming fearless is being open and assertive about what we want, and knowing we are strong enough to walk away if the person we love isn’t able to give it […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 26

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Set aside a specific time this week for your family to gather together just to talk and listen to one another. You can call this a “family meeting” or simply a “get-together.” Often in the rush of our lives we […]

Introduction to Seven Days of 3:16

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Introduction The story of Jesus reads a bit like a scrapbook. Headline clippings. Newspaper photos. Jesus’s favorite stories […]

Pray for Linda M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Chemo doesn’t seem to be shrinking my tumour, it has already spread to my lymph nodes – I’m scared that I won’t survive this – I’m married with 2 children – I’m only 43.” –malyssajon Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 25, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:31-36 31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies […]

John 3:31-36

posted by Jana Melpolder

[31] He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. [32] And what he hath seen and heard, that he […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 25, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Make sure that your heaters and radiators are not blocked by furniture to ensure that the heat is flowing.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Be open to new possibilities. Parents can often get in a rut, and it takes a gentle reminder to open our hearts to the possibilities always present. Be on the lookout today for a new way of doing something, a […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

In Genesis 1:28 (King James Version), God told Adam and Eve to “replenish” the earth. Is this support for the belief that there were people on the earth before Adam and Eve? What is the original Hebrew word used in […]

Why Would God Forsake Us?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) Although God never actually deserts us (he is omnipresent, after all), he does allow us, like Jesus, to experience a sense of […]

Pray for J. H.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Pray for a 12 year old boy – He is leaving foster care to return to a nightmare family situation. Please pray for protection and safety.” –cattrax13 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 24, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 1:67-80 67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised […]

Luke 1:67-80

posted by Jana Melpolder

[67] And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, [68] Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, [69] And hath raised up an horn of salvation for […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 24, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Pick up and dispose of trash that you come across whenever possible. Make your streets a little greener!

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

posted by Jana Melpolder

My days take on an Eeyore pallor when I count my shortcomings. Nothing seems good. Life feels like drudgery. Take a break from negativity today by practicing gratitude. The Psalmist wrote, “God’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 24

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Take a look at the rules and regulations you have crafted for your family. Is there anything that needs changing?” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 6 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Will

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Will is in critical condition at this moment, he suffered an accident two days ago and now he is between life and death.” –Tao Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 23, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 1:5-25 5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both of […]

Luke 1:5-25

posted by Jana Melpolder

[5] There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. [6] And they were […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 23, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Remove or cover up your window air conditioners during cooler seasons.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Make more magic in your everyday life. Add candles to this evening’s meal, no matter what you are serving. Children delight in this simple ritual.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Tiffany L.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Her love for the fostercare children in this world – She has cared for one baby from the age of 7 months old until he reached the age of 3 years old and at that time he has been removed […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 22, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Bundle up! Turning your thermostat down just two degrees in the winter will save you fifty dollars on energy bills. You probably won’t notice the difference, but if you do, try a cozy sweater or hanging out by the fireplace […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 22, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 5:30-47 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 “If I […]

John 5:30-47

posted by Jana Melpolder

[30] I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. [31] If I bear […]

Facing Judgment

posted by Jana Melpolder

[Jesus said to the disciples], “In those days . . . the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken” (Mark 13:24-25). […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Parenting can be a lonely journey. Consider joining like-minded parents in a Spiritual Parenting group so you can find support and comfort, and share tips and strategies. SpiritualParenting.com lists groups all over the world.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

In the Old Testament, God says we must celebrate Passover. So why is it that Christians do not celebrate it? Christians do not celebrate Passover because we are not under the Mosaic Covenant. See Galatians 3-4 on the issue of […]

Pray for Stephanie G.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I have recently suffered a miscarriage – I’m having a really hard time coping with this, and I can’t help but question where God is in all of this.” –stephy1977 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 21, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:16-21 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the […]

John 3:16-21

posted by Jana Melpolder

[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 21, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you have need to get a Christmas tree, buy from a small-scale sustainable grower.

Remembering Your Parenting Hero

posted by Jana Melpolder

Think of the parent you admire — your own, someone else’s, or even a parent from a famous story. Why do you admire him or her? What qualities does he/she possess that you long for in your own parenting life? […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 21

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Give your children the freedom to become who they are meant to be rather than what you had in mind for them. Practice letting go and allowing your child to find his or her true place in the universe.” –Mimi […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for a Troubled Marriage

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband wants to end our marriage. I want to rebuild rather than destroy.” –susie2 Add your prayers now

Today’s Eco Tip for December 20, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have a little patience! This holiday season, unwrap your gifts carefully instead of tearing into them. Encourage your kids to do the same so that you can save and re-use the beautiful wrapping paper.

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 20, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 3:15-20 15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one […]

Luke 3:15-20

posted by Jana Melpolder

[15] And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; [16] John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 20

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Begin each day affirming what you’d like to experience: I am open and receptive today to all the good and joy the universe has in store for me and my family. I am calm and centered. I gratefully receive.” –Mimi […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for a Mother and Grandmother

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Chloe`- McKayla Bellevue Palmer (the tiny baby with the big name) was born on November 9, 2008; she also died that day. Her mother and Grandmother are so hurt, and are discouraged.” –waitingforablessing Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 19, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 11:2-15 2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4 […]

Matthew 11:2-15

posted by Jana Melpolder

[2] Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, [3] And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? [4] Jesus answered and […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 19, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy beeswax or vegetable based candles which biodegrade, rather than paraffin candles.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Is there some issue you or your children are stuck on these days? A family problem you’d like to dissolve? Try changing the way you think about the situation.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 7 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Pray for the Martans Family

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My son that is 25 years old is a heroin addict in jail – my 15 year-old daughter has a rare bone disease (1:1.5 million) – my husband is an alcoholic (but is in treatment for 2 months) – and […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 18, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 3:1-12 1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, […]

Matthew 3:1-12

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. [3] For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 18, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy products and containers made from recycled material whenever possible.

Overturn Your Tables

posted by Jana Melpolder

And [Jesus] overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves (Mark 11:15). This is Jesus at his most violent. For Jesus to get this angry — well, there must have been a constellation […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

“When you pray for your family–in whatever form feels comfortable for you–everything in their world begins to beautifully shift. The energy and power released through prayer can reverse the negative and make the impossible possible.” –Mimi Doe

Introduction to Seven Days of 3:16

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Introduction The story of Jesus reads a bit like a scrapbook. Headline clippings. Newspaper photos. Jesus’s favorite stories […]

Bible Q&A for December 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

What race was Jesus? Some believe that He was African American or white. The Bible talks about him having hair like wool, and I believe that He was African American. Jesus was a first-century Jew, and so neither black nor […]

A Prayer Circle Update

posted by Jana Melpolder

“By the Grace of God and all of your Prayers, both twins are holding strong – both have been taken off the breathing machine and are doing well.” –NANNY911 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 1:1-8 1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3 […]

Mark 1:1-8

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; [2] As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. [3] The voice of […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 17, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy real holly or mistletoe as decorations, which are biodegradable products.

The Beauty of Inside-Out Parenting

posted by Jana Melpolder

True parenting flows from what’s inside us. Sometimes, in our fear of failing as parents, we scramble toward outward methods. But Jesus insists we give Him our insides first. David said this: “What you’re after is truth from the inside […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 17

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Remind yourself and your kids that there is enough good to go around. There is no need to envy others. We live in a bountiful universe, and we never miss out on what we need.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 7

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 7 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Melissa T.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for Melissa to make it through the Holidays – to hold onto to her daughter’s memories when it gets so hard.” –Melissa45 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 22:54-69 54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat […]

Luke 22:54-69

posted by Jana Melpolder

[54] Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. [55] And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 16, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Create wrapping paper from old newspaper or buy wrapping paper made from 100% recycled material.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 16

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Often, as a parent, we focus upon what we can fix, forgetting to pause and appreciate all that’s going well. When we are grateful for the blessings in our lives, we shower ourselves in grace.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 6

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 6 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Mark and Shauna A.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Two people in love who have lost thier way due to crystal meth. They are good people who have gotten clean and are trying to stay that way.” –shaunamhall Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 15, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 22:39-53 39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the […]

Luke 22:39-53

posted by Jana Melpolder

[39] And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. [40] And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 15, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Buy LED Christmas lights. They use less energy than standard lights and last longer.

What Needs To Be Cut?

posted by Jana Melpolder

[Jesus said], “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and go to hell” (Mark 9:43). This arresting hyperbole of Jesus reminds us that […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 15

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Children can often feel stressed too. Can you help them identify what causes it? And what stress-buster they might try today?” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 15

posted by Jana Melpolder

My boyfriend and I have been together for about 3 years, and when we started the relationship I told him I wanted to wait until I was married to have sex, he said he was fine with that. But we […]

Pray for Kim M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“She suffers from depression and has some health issues which have flared up due to the stress of being laid off work.” –Kim53 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 14, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:22-30 22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people […]

John 3:22-30

posted by Jana Melpolder

[22] After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. [23] And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and […]

Invite Jesus to Dinner

posted by Jana Melpolder

Picture Jesus sitting at your dining room table with your family. What does He say to you? To your children? To your spouse? What specific words of encouragement does He have for you? —Mary E. DeMuth This is part of […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 14

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Write a love letter to your child today. You might assume your son or daughter knows how you feel, but reading your affirmative words can make their spirit soar!” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

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Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for a Sick Husband

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband is 36 years old and fighting for his life. Currently doing peritoneal dialysis at home 3x a day.” –amber_b Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 13, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 22:31-38 31 “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your […]

Luke 22:31-38

posted by Jana Melpolder

[31] And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: [32] But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 13

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Don’t be afraid to admit to your children that you made a mistake. We can apologize, make it right, and move on.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Lisa

posted by Jana Melpolder

“For the first time in my life I am scared, in fact I am terrified, because I do not have the funds for December’s rent, nor a cent for Christmas this year” –I Saw A Glimpse of Heaven! Add your […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 12, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 22:14-30 14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I […]

Luke 22:14-30

posted by Jana Melpolder

[14] And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. [15] And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: [16] For I say […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 12

posted by Jana Melpolder

“If you are going through a rough patch in your parenting, know that you will get through this. Remain focused on showing your child how much you love him or her, no matter what the circumstances.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Parents

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My prayer circle is for me and for other parents whom have children whom are headed down the wrong path in life” –spunky7777 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 11, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 22:1-13 1 Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. 2 The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. […]

Luke 22:1-13

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. [2] And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. [3] Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, […]

How Much Longer Must God Put Up With You?

posted by Jana Melpolder

[Jesus said to a crowd], “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you?” (Mark 9:19). This is one of the few times that Jesus expressed deep frustration with […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 11

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Don’t forget to show your love in ways kids can understand. Take time to ask your child, ‘How do you know I love you?’ or ‘When do you feel the most loved?’” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 1 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Bible Q&A for December 11

posted by Jana Melpolder

Am I being unchristian if I don’t give money to people who are in front of stores asking for it? Not people asking for a charity; people who say they are homeless or need food for their children. I most […]

Pray for James M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

Pray for my 17 year old wonderful son who was a pedestrian hit by a car a year ago – although his bones have mended his brain has not –KJTM Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 7:53 – 8:11 53 Then each of them went home, 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat […]

John 7:53-8:11

posted by Jana Melpolder

[53] And every man went unto his own house. [1] Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. [2] And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 10, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Consider using a clothesline in spring and summer to dry your wet clothing.

The Bible Tells Me So

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Bible is a beautiful, wild, hope-filled, sacred Book. Sometimes, we leave behind the Bible’s raw honesty when we teach it to our children. Consider what author Ivy Beckwith cautions: “When we use the Bible with children simply to teach […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 10

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Remember to applaud your children for kind actions, not just for achievements. Be on the lookout today for at least one kindness your child showed–then honor that action in some way.” –Mimi Doe

Introduction to Seven Days of 3:16

posted by rphillips

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). Introduction The story of Jesus reads a bit like a scrapbook. Headline clippings. Newspaper photos. Jesus’s favorite stories […]

Pray for Rose M.

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My 79 year old mother was just diagnosed with brain cancer” –roseann Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 9, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 21:29-38 29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, […]

Luke 21:29-38

posted by Jana Melpolder

[29] And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; [30] When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. [31] So likewise […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 9, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Install your air conditioner in the shade and away from heat sources, to maximize efficiency.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 9

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I often say to my children, “You do your best and God will do the rest.” Just for today, let go of controlling every outcome and give God a chance to work miracles in your life.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 7 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Those Struggling in Their Faith

posted by Jana Melpolder

“This prayer circle is for those of us who have been traumatized physically or mentally, and are struggling to hold onto and strengthen our Faith in God” –PaulaS Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 8, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 21:20-28 20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in […]

Luke 21:20-28

posted by Jana Melpolder

[20] And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. [21] Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 8, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying a new furnace or boiler to make sure that your product will make an efficient use of energy.

God’s (Difficult) Plan For Your Life

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jesus said to the crowd], “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). The first sentence in Jesus Mean and Wild is this: “God loves you and […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 8

posted by Jana Melpolder

“The unhurried moments you have with your family are more abundant when you make them a priority. These leave a lasting impression in their hearts and spirits.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 6 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 8

posted by Jana Melpolder

Do you have any idea where the Hail Mary prayer is in the Bible? Someone told me it’s in Luke somewhere but I don’t know where, so if you know you’d help out a lot. The beginning of the passage […]

Pray for Sandra

posted by Jana Melpolder

“After an 8 years of relationship my partner left for someone whom he just met on the internet.” –sandy1964 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 7, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 7:28-35 28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (And all the people who heard this, including the tax […]

Luke 7:28-35

posted by Jana Melpolder

[28] For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. [29] And all […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 7, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Create compost out of scraps of food and yard trimmings.

We Need Each Other

posted by Jana Melpolder

It’s been said that Christians grow in the context of community. Lewis Mumford expands this idea to the community surrounding a family: “Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 7

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Studies show that the color blue sends a powerful cue to calm down. So dress yourself and your child in blue today–then notice any difference in behavior.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 5 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for Brandy S.

posted by Jana Melpolder

Lost a child in a fire, and another chld is in the hospital. –TwinWoman1 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 6, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 21:5-19 5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone […]

Luke 21:5-19

posted by Jana Melpolder

[5] And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 6, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Eliminate one unnecessary driving trip per week. Cars are a terrible strain on the environment.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 6

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Amidst the whirl of life with kids, you can retreat, even for a moment, to that core of serenity within. Maybe when you hear the phone ring, use it as a cue to take a deep breath and drop your […]

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 4 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for the Children in Our Lives

posted by Jana Melpolder

We pray for all the children in Washington state who are struggling with an inadequate education system. –TJ321 Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 5, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 20:41-21:4 41 Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 43 […]

Luke 20:41-21:4

posted by Jana Melpolder

[41] And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? [42] And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, [43] Till I make […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 5, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Shop at and hold garage sales so items are reused rather than wasted.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 5

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Give yourself a break from perfectionism. Nurturing a child is a monumental job, so go easy on yourself. Relax and reward yourself for stories read and hugs given.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 3 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the previous days, stay subscribed to this […]

Pray for the Employment of a Husband

posted by Jana Melpolder

“My husband needs a job. He’s been out of work since July 2008 – I am three months pregnant.” –Vedtra Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 4, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 20:27-40 27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man […]

Luke 20:27-40

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, [28] Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 4, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you have a lawn to take care of, collect rainwater in barrels and use it on the grass to limit your water use.

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Celebrate your child’s nature discoveries. Whether it’s spotting a bee hive, a bird’s nest, or a constellation, make a drawing of the discovery, and display it until the next sighting. Then paste into a scrapbook.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16–Day 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 2 of the week-long devotional. If you missed the first day, stay subscribed to this […]

Bible Q&A for December 4

posted by Jana Melpolder

Does the Bible directly oppose witchcraft? Does it make any difference if it is white or black? The Bible is unequivocal about prohibiting witchcraft in any and all forms. For example, Leviticus 19:26-28 makes evident that witchcraft was prohibited for […]

Pray for Someone That Is Hurting

posted by Jana Melpolder

“I am at my weakest point, financially, morally, and health. I just have let things get so bad that I feel as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel.” –erinps Add your prayers now

Today’s Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 20:19-26 19 When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and […]

Luke 20:19-26

posted by Jana Melpolder

[19] And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. [20] And they watched him, and sent […]

Today’s Eco Tip for December 3, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Ensure that your wall ceilings are properly insulated, trapping heat and saving you money on your energy bill.

The Noose of Bitterness

posted by Jana Melpolder

So much of life can be spent spinning our wheels in bitterness. We wrongly think that harboring anger and resentment toward others doesn’t affect anyone. Think of one person toward whom you feel bitterness. Write a candid letter to that […]

Spiritual Parenting Thought for December 3

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Honor the value of free time. Make sure the weekends are a time to rest, daydream, and recharge for the week ahead.” –Mimi Doe

Seven Days of 3:16 – Day 1

posted by Jana Melpolder

Beliefnet is pleased to present the first 7 days of devotionals from Max Lucado’s “3:16: The Numbers of Hope” (Thomas Nelson, 2007). This is Day 1 of the week-long devotional. DAY 1: AN EXTRA-ORDINARY NIGHT “Suddenly a great company of […]

Pray for Cliff

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Please pray for my friend Cliff who has been trying to secure financing to save his family farm. The property has been in his family since the mid 1800’s.” –merrisherri Add your prayers now

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 2, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 20:9-18 9 He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. 10 When the season came, he sent a slave to […]

Luke 20:9-18

posted by Jana Melpolder

[9] Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. [10] And at the season he sent […]

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