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Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.
Hugh & Cindi McMenamin

Monday marked my husband’s and my thirtieth wedding anniversary. Thirty years! I’d love to tell you it’s been one long honeymoon. But …

August 13, 2018

That’s a pretty big claim, isn’t it? That just three truths can change your life for the better? But seriously. The people …

August 5, 2018
Inner calm

Are you one to crumble at life’s circumstances? Or do you allow them to make you stronger? When life brings something painful …

July 29, 2018

I  recently wrote an article called “Is God Really Good?” Of course He is! But sometimes we question His goodness when we …

July 25, 2018

No one wants to be a people pleaser. But could you be one without even realizing it? I was. Until I realized …

July 17, 2018
Enjoy the Son This Summer

Would you like to spend this summer growing closer to the Lord, experiencing His presence, falling in love with His Word again? …

July 11, 2018

I know you’ve asked yourself – or someone else – this question. In the past couple months, I’ve run a couple guest …

July 2, 2018

Are the circumstances of life robbing you of true joy and contentment? Then my friend, Diane Markins, has some encouraging words for …

June 26, 2018

If you have wounds in your life because of a less-than-perfect father you are not alone. Through the years, I’ve heard stories …

June 12, 2018
When bad feelings can be good

I’ve heard it said that feelings aren’t bad or good, they’re simply yours. But I happen to believe that what we consider …

June 4, 2018
Inner calm

I know how you feel. There are so many things for you to do in so little time. Kids are pulling at …

May 27, 2018
Contentment

Can you say you are completely content with your life? Your relationships? Your job? If not, you can be. My friend — …

May 22, 2018

Do you know what it’s like to be married but feel “miles apart” from your husband? How about the feeling that there’s …

May 15, 2018
Thankful I'm a mom

Yes, there are days parenting can be frustrating. And yes, I’ve had those moments – especially during my daughter’s  pre-teen years – …

May 1, 2018
Mentoring women

Do you and I need a support system while going through life’s changes? Absolutely. For years, I’ve talked about how we each …

April 24, 2018
God's Words of Confidence

Are you believing debilitating lies without even realizing it? I wasn’t aware that I was until I read Leviticus 5 the other …

April 10, 2018

Are you loving Jesus as much today as the first day you decided to follow Him? I first decided to follow Jesus …

April 3, 2018
Reaping a Fruitful Life

Do you ever find yourself frustrated by life’s circumstances? The Bible has a general “reap what you sow” message, but sometimes we …

March 27, 2018
Emotional disconnect

Is there a widening gap in your marriage? One that you aren’t sure how to bridge? What about the emotional gap with …

March 20, 2018

Are you at risk of losing your effectiveness as a child of God? How can we do that? you might ask. I …

March 13, 2018
Move on from Baggage

Last week, I gave you 5 Simple Steps to Leave Your Pain in the Past. This week I'm offering you 5 more ways to help you overcome the deep-seated hurts in your life. (And No. 2 just might surprise you...especially if it's the reason you have not been able to move forward out of your past pain.) From my book, When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, here are 5 more steps toward healing and wholeness so you can move on from the baggage in your past

March 7, 2018

Every person who walks planet earth has been wounded. Some more than others. And pain has a way of sticking with us …

February 26, 2018

I’ll never forget the day I was cleaning through my top dresser drawer and found a treasure. I almost threw out the …

February 5, 2018

Do you ever panic when your situation looks bleak, thinking God has forgotten you? It’s human nature, I’m sure, to fear the …

January 29, 2018

Imagine,  you and I can bring glory to the God of this universe…and benefit from it, too. And if we don’t, God …

January 16, 2018

If you’re like me, you constantly wonder what more you should be doing for your children. Am I giving them enough of …

January 8, 2018

What do you do to instill confidence in your life? Read a good book? Take a course in self-confidence? Brush up on …

January 2, 2018
never forgotten

Have you experienced circumstances lately that threaten to darken your outlook on life? Are you struggling with a health problem? A tight …

November 13, 2017

Are you constantly comparing yourself to others? Why do we DO that? If you’re like me, you don’t intentionally play the comparison …

October 24, 2017

If you’re like most people, you have lots of  WHY questions for God. I have had them, too. Why am I going …

October 1, 2017
Desires of your heart

Are you tired of pursuing something only to find it always eludes you? It might be your approach. For instance, are you …

September 12, 2017
5 keys to upgrading your courage

What fear seems overwhelming to you right now? A situation that your child is in? Something God is calling you to do? …

August 28, 2017
Trust God in the Drama

Every time I write a book about something, God makes sure I learn it first. So what was my lesson behind writing …

August 23, 2017
Practice happiness

Sally Nance, whose blog is The Healthy Happy Woman, is my guest blogger this week. Here are her thoughts on how to …

August 14, 2017
The drama could be God's deliverance

Have you ever considered that some of the drama in your life could actually be God’s deliverance from something worse? I mean, …

August 1, 2017

Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others …

July 31, 2017
Pray without ceasing

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Marnie Swedberg on her radio show just recently. Spending an hour talking about Drama …

July 24, 2017
Statements to diffuse the drama

I don’t believe any of us sets out to experience drama on a daily basis. Many times it just happens. But you …

June 5, 2017

What would you say if your child told you that he or she was gay? Maybe you haven’t experienced that but a …

May 29, 2017
Fearing anything other than God

What do you fear more than God? It’s very possible that is what is causing you drama. For instance, I was recently …

May 9, 2017
drama free mom

Leave it to my friend, Arlene Pellicane, to find a positive example of drama. I asked the popular author and speaker to …

April 25, 2017
Drama filled or drama free

If you’re like me, you’ve often said – or thought – I don’t do drama. Yet, as much as you and I …

April 17, 2017
Statements to diffuse the drama

Would you like to be done with the drama? Me too. Admit it. You’ve said (or at least thought) I’m done with …

April 10, 2017

I’m no stranger to drama. I wish that weren’t so. I wish I could tell you that there has never been a …

March 30, 2017
Why do we love whining

Oh how we love whining! I don’t think any of us sets out to make a habit of whining. But it sure …

March 20, 2017

What stresses you out? Work? Finances? Your children? Tax time? What about a project you are working on that doesn’t appear to …

March 13, 2017
8 ways to be a more compassionate communicator

Are you tired of the hateful language on television and social media lately? It isn’t coming just from unbelievers. It’s coming from those who follow Christ, too. My friend, Dawn Marie Wilson, has a heart to see women live more godly lives. As my guest blogger today, she offers simple ways we can stand out amidst the hostility and be a more compassionate, yet effective, communicator. Dawn says: “I believe every one of us can become a more compassionate communicator." Here are Dawn's 8 ways we can learn to express ourselves in a more compassionate manner: 1. We can learn to be SENSITIVE. We must be sensitive to differences. God designed a beautiful “garden” of people. Some are “roses,” some are “daisies,” and some are awesome medicinal “weeds”! Is a rose better than a weed just because we think it’s so? God is the Potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8). Every person is beautiful and valuable—created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Instead of trying to ignore our differences, we can develop deeper appreciation for them. We can love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). Being sensitive doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything; we can learn to disagree agreeably. Sensitivity is simply the capacity to be aware of differences and the needs of others. That’s something we all can cultivate. 2. We can show RESPECT.

February 27, 2017

If you are dreading Valentine’s Day you are not alone. Every year I talk with women, read loads of emails, and even …

February 14, 2017

Why Don’t We Pray More Specifically? In this two-minute video clip from a recent conference, I share what I learned about praying …

February 7, 2017

As I prepare to launch my new book Drama Free, I asked my friend, Shelley Hendrix to share what was on her …

January 30, 2017
Allow these words to change your life

Do you struggle with confidence, significance, or feeling loved? Or do you know a woman who does? God’s Word is full of …

January 23, 2017
4 More Things God Will Never Sayou hand Him your concerns

About 16 months ago I posted a blog called  “5 Things God Will Never Say as You Hand Him Your Concerns.” You …

January 13, 2017
Reasons God Isn't Answering Your Prayers

Do you ever feel like God isn’t answering your prayers? I heard from a reader recently who asked “How long am I …

January 9, 2017
never forgotten

Do you know what it’s like to feel disappointed in God? You’ve prayed. You’ve been faithful and obedient. You’ve sincerely wanted God’s …

December 19, 2016
Desiring God

In my last blog I asked you what you want more of. I told you I want more of Jesus and less …

November 29, 2016

What do you want more of? Have you thought of that lately? You and I live in a society where we are …

November 15, 2016
Feeling discouraged? Focus on the facts not feelings

Focus on the facts of Who God is, and not your feelings and fears, and you can gain the energy to get through your day.

October 31, 2016
Pursuing Your Callling

Do you ever feel guilty about pursuing a dream God has placed upon your heart? I’ve heard women say things like “Who …

October 18, 2016

Are you someone who is constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop? Do you find it's easier to expect the worst than the best? Do you find yourself fearful that God won't really come through for you?
As women, our fears range from living out our lives alone, to not being able to have children, to losing our jobs or homes or someone close to us. Often, our fears are rooted in a misunderstanding of who God really is. Depending on your upbringing, you may see God as the One who seeks to pay you back for mistakes you've made in the past. Or, maybe you see Him as One who will think good and hard before coming to your aid when you find you are in need. But God isn't an angry god with a vengeance to get back at you. He's the God who loves you and wants your love and trust in return.
Hebrews 11:6 says: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (NIV, emphasis added).
God wants your faith -- not your fear -- that He really can come through for you. But in order to have faith in Him, you must know who He is and be convinced He's trustworthy. So let me give you two steps that will help you get to know -- and love -- this God you no longer need to fear.

October 11, 2016

There’s a reason you and I struggle with forgiveness. But I don’t think it’s because of how deeply we’ve been wounded by …

September 20, 2016

Have you found yourself wondering if God was ever going to answer your prayer? My friend, Author and Speaker Donna Jones, shares …

September 19, 2016
4 More Things God Will Never Sayou hand Him your concerns

There are a few situations in my life right now that could really stress me out. My husband is waiting to hear about three different job opportunities, and to be honest, he needs at least two of the three!
Now, I can pull out my hair, and lose sleep at night, and keep calculating what we'll do if he doesn't get any of those jobs. Or, I can realize it is ludicrous for me to worry that God isn't aware, or doesn't care, or won't provide for us in time.
I choose to not be ludicrous. So I thought of five good reasons not to worry about that or anything we tend to worry about. Those five good reasons come down to five things you and I will never hear God say as we hand Him our worries and concerns.
So here they are. You never have to fear any of these responses when you trust God with what is on your heart:

September 13, 2016
10 best books I've read

I thought it was time to put together a list of the 10 best (and most challenging) books I’ve read in the …

August 28, 2016

Slavery is not something of the past. It still happens in this country and even in our local communities. I asked my friend, Peggy Sue Wells, to share on my blog this week what is on her heart. As you read her shocking and heartbreaking story, be asking yourself what YOU can do to stamp out slavery in your corner of the world. "Twelve-year-old Carrie was a smart girl taking classes for gifted and talented students. One day as she walked home from middle school, a man in a fancy car drove up beside her and told her she was pretty. Though she didn’t tell her parents about him, every day for six months he met her after school and they talked. He bought her small gifts and made her feel special. After six months she finally agreed to get into his car. When the door shut, Carrie’s life changed forever. Her boyfriend drove her far from home and took away her identity. For the next five years, he prostituted Carrie to more than 100 men each month. Taken from state to state, there was no place for her to run, and she was without hope for rescue. Though Carrie was a United States citizen, in the land of liberty she was no longer free. This all-American pre-teen was a slave. (To read more of this blog click on the "Read More" button below)

August 15, 2016
What some claim as biblical advice isn't always biblical.ical

Do you ever get – or give – “biblical advice” that isn’t actually from the Bible?
My guess is that it happens more times than you realize because there are so many secular sayings that sound like they’re from the Bible when they, in fact, are not.
To help you be able to discern the real stuff from the imposter, here are three “verses” that are often quoted as if they’re from Scripture when in fact, they are actually contrary to the truth found in God’s Word:

August 3, 2016

Got stress? It seems to be our constant companion in this life. In fact, stress is trying to be a companion of mine as I write my next book, Drama Free. So, I asked my friend Sally Nance -- who writes a wonderful blog called The Healthy Happy Woman -- to share some practical ways that you and I can stress less. I'm already trying a few of these as I struggle with deadline pressure and they are really helping. So, as I get back to my book-writing deadline, here are some words from Sally that just might change YOUR life, too:

July 18, 2016

Want to drop a few pounds, find more energy, enjoy life,  and live a little longer? The secret is to keep moving. …

July 5, 2016
Inspiring the man in your life

Every week for the past ten years, I’ve received at least one or two emails asking me for marriage or relationship advice. …

June 21, 2016

Before my daughter, Dana. started work at Disneyland  she had to take a class called “Traditions.” In this class, Disney employees (called …

June 7, 2016
Forsaken God book cover

Is Our Culture Forsaking God? Sadly, the answer to that question is “Yes.” That’s what my friend, Janet Thompson, says. She is …

May 24, 2016
Feeling alone?

I think it’s natural for us to feel alone as women. You and I have burdens we carry — emotionally and spiritually. …

May 10, 2016

This morning I found myself focusing on what I don’t have. I hate it when I do that. I have been given …

May 3, 2016

Are you a worrier or a warrior? A worrier is one who tries to fight her own battles of fear, insecurity, and …

April 19, 2016

I’d love to give you ten minutes of encouragement on how you can be a worry-free mom. And if you don’t have …

March 28, 2016

It was great hearing from so many of you last week about how you could benefit from my newest book, 10 Secrets …

March 8, 2016

I’ll admit it. I’ve said the words aloud or thought them many times. And I’m guessing you have, too. They’re two of …

March 1, 2016
Reasons why I'm not worrying

There are three things I could really worry and stress about right now. And yet, I’m choosing not to. Here are the …

February 23, 2016
Worried about finding love

Do you ever worry about finding someone? Keeping someone? Marrying someone? As Valentine’s Day approaches, you or someone you know might be …

February 8, 2016

What if I told you that breaking the worry habit is easier than you think? Here are some simple ways to apply the Bible's instruction to our life to worry about nothing, pray about everything, and experience God's peace in return.

January 12, 2016
Worry-free woman

I’m tired of sweating the small stuff. And stressing about the large stuff. And worrying about whatever is in between. So, now …

January 4, 2016

You hear it every year (at least I hope you do!). You might have called it “The Story of Baby Jesus” when …

December 17, 2015

Are you dreading the holidays because of all there is to do? Or all you have to buy? Or all there is …

December 17, 2015

It’s that time of year again…the time of year that stresses your schedule, stretches your patience, and drains your finances. About now …

December 17, 2015

Do you remember what it was like to be in love with God? Do you remember having a passion for Him? It …

December 7, 2015

As the busyness increases this time of year it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isn’t it? You and I have so much to …

December 2, 2015

Do you, too, need more of Jesus and less of yourself? As I was focusing this past week on wanting more of …

November 24, 2015

Today I got to thinking about a concept: More Jesus, less selfie. It goes against everything that’s modeled to us in this …

November 17, 2015

I’m guessing you could use some rest and relief — right now! But taking a vacation or getting a massage or spending …

November 10, 2015

There’s no magic formula for staying hopeful. But I’m convinced there is One who instills hope in us during even the most …

November 3, 2015

I wonder how often you and I have received God’s touch, but we never knew it was Him. In response to my …

October 27, 2015

Could you use some tips for more effectively hearing God’s voice? This week I asked Author Leighann McCoy to share her insights …

October 20, 2015

Are you considering leaving your church? If so, I want to give you a few things to think about. If you’re leaving …

October 13, 2015

Do you hear God’s voice? Or can you say you even know how to listen for Him? Much confusion exists today about …

October 6, 2015

Would you like to be a happier mom? I’ve asked my friend, Arlene Pellicane, to give you some insights from her wonderful …

September 29, 2015

“Where is God when it hurts?” “Doesn’t He care?” “Why would He let this happen?” Those are questions I often hear from …

September 22, 2015

I started thinking today about divine desires. Do my desires truly please God? Are they from Him? Or are they too much …

September 15, 2015

Have you ever wondered what to do when peace seems elusive? Three women emailed me recently to ask how they can find …

September 8, 2015

It’s been one of those weeks. A week in which I had to choose joy. A week in which it seemed like …

September 1, 2015

Are you trying to change your husband?Are you thinking you’d be happier married to someone else? Are you just falling out of …

August 25, 2015

Are you feeling spiritually dry? Do you need to recharge your spiritual battery? A reader recently emailed and said: “I feel so …

August 18, 2015

Are you struggling to forgive someone who has hurt you but hasn’t shown any signs of remorse? In my ongoing blog series …

August 11, 2015

Are you wondering how to recapture your husband’s heart? In my ongoing blog series “Questions Women Ask,” one reader wrote: “I want …

August 4, 2015

Do you ever feel like your pastor is blowing you off? Maybe you just feel like he doesn’t greet you or treat …

July 28, 2015

Do you ever feel like you’re losing your son? Here is a question I received recently in my ongoing blog series on …

July 21, 2015

What does a wife do when her husband cheats? That was the most frequently asked question I received last week since …

July 14, 2015

What if the man you are longing for loves someone else? I am dedicating the next few weeks on my blog to …

July 7, 2015

Do you know what it’s like to experience God as your hiding place? For years, one of my favorite verses in Scripture …

June 30, 2015

It is quite popular these days to be on a search to find yourself. To pull away from friends, family and the …

June 23, 2015

Do you ever feel intimidated as a parent? If so you’re not alone. I’m now a featured blogger at First Corinthians 13 …

June 16, 2015

Are you ready for 4  more things you never have to worry about? I asked you last week to let me know …

June 9, 2015

Did you know there are at least 7 things we never need to worry about? ‘ As I’ve grown older, I’ve made …

June 2, 2015

A few years ago my husband and I came up with a list of 15 Things You’ll Never Hear God Say. It …

May 26, 2015

Do you know the God of religion or relationship? I re-discovered something precious in the Word of God this morning. I was …

May 19, 2015

Do you ever think about the kind of legacy you will one day leave? Now that I’m older (I hit half …

May 12, 2015

If God is saying “no” to your prayers for a child, I can understand if Mother’s Day hurts. I remember the hurt …

May 5, 2015

Do you have that  inconsolable longing to be truly and deeply known? As a young wife and mom, I copied a verse …

April 28, 2015

Has anyone ever tried to give you advice from God? We all need people in our lives to encourage us with Scripture …

April 21, 2015

Do you ever find yourself questioning God? Why now, God? Couldn’t You have waited another week or so? Why her, Lord? Couldn’t …

April 14, 2015

Are you a wounded woman or a warrior woman? I can help you become the latter. While I was writing my book, …

April 7, 2015

Now that Spring is here, it’s time for make-overs, do-overs and new beginnings. Could you use one of those? There are days …

March 31, 2015

Do you want to see growth in your marriage? Once a month I try to encourage my blog readers who are married. …

March 24, 2015

I got cut off on the road the other day by an inconsiderate driver. I found myself saying aloud “I didn’t deserve …

March 17, 2015

Have you ever had a God encounter? Let me rephrase that question. Have you ever had a week in which it seemed …

March 10, 2015

My 3-year-old nephew, Escher, was praying for our breakfast just as we were about to go into Disneyland. “Dear Disneyland Jesus, Thank …

March 3, 2015

What are you and I  teaching our children about how to develop healthy and lasting relationships? I asked my friend, Lori Wildenberg  …

February 24, 2015

What seems impossible that you are waiting upon God to accomplish? A raise at work? A life partner? A baby in your …

February 17, 2015

Have you ever thought about what kind of Valentine’s Day card you might pick out for God? I got to thinking …

February 10, 2015

Are you wondering why God won’t answer a particular prayer of yours? A question I’ve been hearing a lot lately is “Why …

February 3, 2015

Does getting older bother you? It never used to bother me. Until yesterday. I turned 50. And I think I’m beginning to …

January 27, 2015

What are you doing to cultivate a closer connection with your spouse this year? Every January I write new goals for the …

January 20, 2015

These are the questions that burned on the hearts of my readers this past year: How do I know if that open …

January 13, 2015

Do you have a plan for growing spiritually in the next 12 months? I had to start writing out a plan every …

January 6, 2015

Are you dreaming of something you’d like to see happen in 2015? I hope so. To have something to look forward to …

December 30, 2014

With our daughter, Dana, now 22. With Hugh, my husband of 26 years.                   …

December 25, 2014

Do you have lofty expectations this Christmas? I hear from many women who fear the family won’t get along or their husband …

December 23, 2014

It’s easy to be a woman on the edge at Christmas. After all, there’s so much to do, and so much to buy,  and …

December 16, 2014

Admit it. You at one time believed God brought you and your husband together. That’s what you told others. And that’s why …

December 9, 2014

Every week I receive an email from another woman who is frustrated with her husband. Every week I read exasperated words like …

December 2, 2014

As Thanksgiving nears, I am reminded of my blessings. And you, my readers, immediately come to mind. I am remembering you, and …

November 25, 2014

With the holidays coming, it’s easy to get stressed, so all the more reason to be a person of gratitude rather than …

November 18, 2014

How healthy are you going into this holiday season? While you can try to steer clear of germs, pump up the antioxidants, …

November 11, 2014

In 20 years of ministering to women, I’ve received hundreds of letters and emails telling me about a woman’s unique marital struggles. …

November 4, 2014

I remember the day marriage finally made sense to me. I was flying to a speaking engagement and complaining to God …

November 2, 2014

Hugh was ticking me off. I didn’t realize when he opened the restaurant door for me and I walked in, that …

November 2, 2014

When was the last time you really splurged on your spouse? We don’t seem to have a problem splurging on our …

November 2, 2014

Go ahead. Admit it. Your marriage isn’t everything you expected it to be, is it? But that’s okay. That doesn’t mean …

November 2, 2014

When I started dating Hugh, my youth pastor – a longtime friend of Hugh’s – pulled me aside and felt he …

November 2, 2014

Hugh and I were going through the mail together when he held up an envelope and my heart nearly stopped. “Superior …

November 2, 2014

Having a difficult time getting your husband in the mood? Sometimes he simply needs a boost. A boost to his ego …

November 2, 2014

As women, we long to be pursued. We were made that way. It’s natural for us, then, as wives to want …

November 2, 2014

If I asked you “What makes your husband feel loved?” would you be able to tell me? As I interviewed hundreds …

November 2, 2014

I was once a wife who was quick to point out my husband’s faults. Quick to let him know when he …

November 2, 2014

Do you ever feel threatened by your husband’s dreams? As I was writing my book, When a Woman Inspires Her Husband, …

November 2, 2014

As I was writing my book, When a Woman Inspires Her Husband, I discovered that a man expresses his heart in …

November 2, 2014

I once heard a disgruntled wife say she thought Valentine’s Day was hypocritical. “Why can’t he just treat me that special …

November 2, 2014

Whether he's failing, in her eyes, to be the "spiritual head of the household" or just not appearing to want to take the lead in parenting, budgeting, or planning the family vacations, many wives believe their husbands are passive.

November 2, 2014

Young girls swoon today over the music, looks, and happenings of the popular British Boy Band, One Direction. But what if I told you that you could compete for that kind of influence in your daughter's life?

October 30, 2014

Our daughters watch us, look to us for what they need, and often imitate both our weaknesses and our strengths. So being aware of what they most need can help us focus on getting them through their teen and young adult years.

October 30, 2014

While going through my daughter's backpack when she was in second grade, I found a paper on which she had written her spelling words for the week. I was pleased to see an "A" for correct spelling and grammar.

October 30, 2014

For some children, it's obvious what their calling is. They come out of the womb, it seems, with big plans of what they want to accomplish with their lives. For most, however, it can be a mystery - a secret worth pulling out of them.

October 30, 2014

Every day that your daughter lives and breathes is a special day for the two of you to make a memory. But some memories the two of you make together will no doubt stand out more than others. Through the years, I've noticed that the special dates I planned with or for my daughter were among the memories she cherished the most.

October 30, 2014

Why do I have to feel so alone, God? I prayed. I can't live in this silence! Can't he come home once in a while and talk about how he feels? Or better yet, can't he come home and be willing to listen to how I feel? Where are his words of encouragement for me?

October 30, 2014

Early on in her marriage, Jennifer realized her struggle was not with her husband, but "against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms"

October 30, 2014

There are powerful stories in the Bible about women who were alone in worship. One of them was Hannah, the mother of Samuel. She knew well what it meant to worship alone, pray alone, and carry burdens on her heart alone.

October 30, 2014

If you're single and hoping for a spiritual partner in life, or married but not on the same page spiritually with your husband, chances are you feel you "walk alone" in your spiritual life. But you aren't alone. Throughout time, countless women have walked alone, spiritually. And you're in good company.

October 30, 2014

I knew I should be salt and light to a dying world. But I preferred to be around the Christian crowd, living a separated life far from those people who were so different from me. "I want to minister among Christian women," I told the Lord one day. "Preaching to pagans is not for me."

October 30, 2014

Jesus told us to forget ourselves and focus on a life given over to Him. "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it."

October 30, 2014

Can we meet some time and talk?” Heather asked as I was packing up my teaching materials after the Bible study. …

October 30, 2014

Jesus' advice in Matthew 6 was more practical than I realized. To store up treasures in heaven rather than in my home means I never have to worry that they'll break or be stolen or destroyed. And treasures in heaven will greet me someday when I arrive; my trinkets on earth will not.

October 30, 2014

I just want to go somewhere far away, I found myself thinking. I am not appreciated. I am not feeling respected or supported. I am not feeling understood or loved. (Now did you notice how many times I used the word "feeling" and how many times I used the pronoun I? We get that way when we're on the edge.)

October 30, 2014

Our heart is closely attuned to our bank balance, rather than our life's balance. Yet God instructs us in Colossians 3:1-2: "set your hearts on things above." If our priorities were in heaven, not on this earth, we would not only be happier and healthier, but less financially drained and emotionally spent.

October 30, 2014

We want that so much that it drives us to the edge when aspects of our life seem out of control. Now that we are living in a sin-stained world, life this side of heaven will never be completely under control, and working harmoniously.

October 30, 2014

Is God withholding something from your life? If so, it could be that He is preparing you for ministry - a ministry that will turn the bitter areas of your life into a blessing...What are you still waiting for God to bring about in your life?

October 30, 2014

God speaks in various ways by the Holy Spirit to those in relationship with Him – through His Word (the Bible), through prayer (and what He lays on our hearts to pray for), through circumstances in our life, and through the church (godly advice from believers).

October 30, 2014

How many times have you sensed a voice telling you to do something but you considered it a distraction? Maybe other times you've felt the inkling to do something, but brushed it off as silly or too elemental to be the voice of God.

October 30, 2014

“Why did I have to hurt like this?” It’s a question we often ask to try to make sense of God …

October 30, 2014

It may be easy for you to believe that God didn't care about you and that's why you've experienced pain in your life. But a closer examination of the Bible tells us that God is intimately acquainted with the events of our lives.

October 30, 2014

Hurtful times are opportunities to grow closer to God. Tell Him you're ready to see what He wants you to see and to know Him in the way that He desires. By doing this you are placing yourself in the position where He can teach you what He wants you to learn.

October 30, 2014

I remember waiting upon God for a second child and wondering if He was even there during that struggle. But now I realize - 20 years later and still no second child - that God knew what He was doing all along. He did hear my prayers. He did see my tears. And He had a better plan.

October 30, 2014

God not only sees your tears, but His Word says He collects them in a bottle (Psalm 56:8, NASB). He is mindful of all that is on our hearts and all He wants to do in our lives to bring about His desired purposes.

October 30, 2014

Whether I was trying to get a book published, trying to have a child, or trying to pry open a door of opportunity, every time I received a "no" I later learned what God was really saying was "Wait - I have something far better for you than you thought to ask for."

October 30, 2014

Sometimes...we don't feel God's love... We feel only the sting of an insult, the ache of loneliness, the pain of an unhealed wound. We feel rejection in relationships – or lack of them. And we feel the isolation that comes from longing for something more.

October 30, 2014
Worry-free woman

With tears in her eyes, Janie recounted the last thing her husband told her before she left the house for the weekend. “He said ‘When you figure out how I can meet all your emotional needs, let me know.’” His comment cut deep into her heart. And it still hurt.

October 30, 2014

Whether it be from the pain of rejection, the sting of betrayal, loneliness in your marriage, the ache of an addiction, or even the loss of a job or dream, we can begin sinking down into a dark, slimy pit and before long we're wondering if we'll ever be able to crawl back out.

October 30, 2014

As Valentine’s Day approaches, this is often a time when women find themselves longing for more. Whether your husband appears inattentive to your needs, your boyfriend appears uninterested, or you don’t have a man in your life at all, this is actually the time to celebrate what you do have.

October 30, 2014

Do you ever stumble upon something from years ago and find that it still touches you today? I recently found an old  …

October 28, 2014

I recently lay on my side in a dermatologist’s office as she cut a football-shaped incision into the back of my shoulder …

October 21, 2014

It’s probably the one question I hear women ask more than any other. It is likely the biggest area of frustration for …

October 14, 2014

Do you ever worry that you aren’t growing enough, spiritually? And should it be something you worry about? One of my readers …

October 7, 2014

When my friend sent me a text upon learning her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was surprised — yet encouraged …

September 30, 2014

As I’ve grown older, I’ve made it a point to not waste a day worrying about something I can’t control. I wish …

September 23, 2014
Too much to do

Are you feeling today that there is just too much to do? I remember a time in my life when I felt …

September 16, 2014

You are not alone when you feel discouraged because it seems like God isn’t answering your prayers. Even if it appears that …

September 9, 2014

My daughter, Dana, turned 22 recently. She’s at the beginning of a life journey that I am more than half-way through. She …

September 2, 2014

I recently posted a devotional on the Proverbs 31 Ministries site and received about 900 comments from women, most of them with …

August 26, 2014

Why even pray if it seems like God’s not there? Do you ever find yourself thinking that? I know what it’s like …

August 19, 2014

This week my husband and I will celebrate 26 years of marriage. More than two decades ago, we told each other “I …

August 12, 2014

This morning I have a special treat for you. I’d like to invite you to join me at Proverbs 31 Ministries …

August 5, 2014

My readers often ask me where I get the inspiration to write my books. Truth be told, God has to deal with …

July 29, 2014

I’m a firm believer that God knows exactly what He’s doing when He says “no” to our prayers, when He seems to …

July 22, 2014
When God Says No

Do you know what it’s like to ask God for something and to keep receiving a “no”? I do. Whether I was …

July 15, 2014

When life gets messy, it’s easy to get stressed. Or angry. Or bitter. But most of the time we’re in the middle …

July 8, 2014

Admit it, there are parts of the Bible that are difficult to digest. Certain words sting and can cause us to question …

July 1, 2014

You, too, may have heard it all your life. God is in complete control of everything. But, oh how that rubs when …

June 24, 2014

Congratulations to Christy Spurlock and Michelle (pastoor@mts.net) for winning a free copy of my newest book, When God Sees Your Tears. Thank …

June 17, 2014

I’m sure you’ve heard some of these well-intentioned comments: “At least you have a husband.” “At least you already have a child.” …

June 17, 2014

Where is God in the story of your life? collecting your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). recording every detail in His …

June 10, 2014

Are  you tired of living on a battlefield? Does it seem like every time you turn around there’s an argument brewing? As …

June 3, 2014

Is your husband drawn to you like a magnet? That can be wonderful until you’re stumbling over him at every turn!  My …

May 27, 2014

Do you find it difficult to say “no” when an opportunity comes your way or someone asks you to do something? Well, …

May 20, 2014

Have you ever been told your dream is unrealistic or too far-fetched? Has anyone ever implied that you have been shooting too …

May 13, 2014

I remember the days when I felt completely worthless as a mom. It was during my daughter’s teenage years when I was …

May 6, 2014

I remember feeling very discouraged that I would never be able to live my dream. My husband, a young Bible college graduate, …

April 29, 2014

Do you feel you can never achieve your dream because of your past mistakes? Whenever women tell me they don’t deserve to …

April 22, 2014

Did you love doing something as a child until someone else, perhaps unintentionally, killed that dream in your heart? Were you at …

April 15, 2014

Would you classify yourself as a dreamer? Or a realist? You can be both. But don’t cheat yourself out of dreaming. I …

April 10, 2014

Are you living out your dream? For years, when I would ask women that question, I would often get a blank stare …

April 8, 2014

Are you feeling dragged down by the negativity around you? Maybe it’s the critical comments you hear others making at work. Maybe …

April 1, 2014

My friend, Dawn Wilson, has a blog called Upgrade with Dawn that encourages women to make powerful life upgrades. “Just as we …

March 25, 2014

Last week we looked at the first two (of five)  things a mom never needs to worry about:  her child’s friendships, and …

March 18, 2014

It happened. My daughter, a recent college graduate,  moved in to her apartment an hour away from home and started her first …

March 11, 2014

It happens to all of us at one time or another. You’re plugging along, doing just fine, and then it happens. Paralysis. …

March 4, 2014

My friend, Dineen Miller, has great advice for  spiritually mismatched women and any others who need help loving their husbands.As my guest …

February 25, 2014

My daughter was only 2 years old when she first verbally expressed love and understanding for her Daddy. Little Dana was watching …

February 18, 2014

I understand if you’re not looking forward to Valentine’s Day. If you’re single you might not want to be reminded that you’re …

February 11, 2014

I celebrated my 49th birthday this week. Notice I said “celebrated”– not “shrugged at.” Ok, originally, my thought was that 49 …

January 28, 2014

Are you raising a child in a spiritually mismatched marriage? My friend, Lynn Donovan,  shares some powerful encouragement as my guest blogger …

January 21, 2014

Are you in a place where you are second-guessing God? How often we go to the Creator and Sustainer of Life and …

January 14, 2014

Have you ever found yourself wondering Why doesn’t God speak to me? Many of us talk to the Lord and just want …

January 7, 2014

Do you have a plan for growing spiritually in the next 12 months? I had to start making a plan every January …

December 31, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if life consisted only of pleasant surprises, not the disappointing ones? The other day I received news that …

December 23, 2013
Moms of sons and daughters

Do you ever feel desperate when it comes to parenting? Rhonda and I know how you feel. We each have had our …

December 9, 2013

Are you ready to hear God’s whispers on your heart? Chances are He is already whispering. You and I just need to …

December 3, 2013

These are hard times. I’m reminded of it every time I have to put gas in my car, or the grocery bill …

November 26, 2013

My husband and I were reflecting recently about the ways people can let us down and even the way we let each …

November 19, 2013

Have you ever wondered how to inspire your husband and draw his heart closer to yours? Do you ever feel like you …

November 12, 2013

Hugh and I recently spent an afternoon with Dr. James Dobson. He had invited us to his Family Talk offices and radio …

November 5, 2013

Try This Remedy When You’re Running on Empty If you’re like most women, chances are you often feel like you’re running on empty. And the problem is that chocolate, bubble baths, a shopping trip to the mall, or a long massage are only temporary ‘fixes.’

October 29, 2013

Ever wonder why moms and daughters tend to clash? If they’re alike they can butt heads. If they’re different,  they can misunderstand …

October 29, 2013

At the conclusion of nearly every radio interview I’ve done thus far on the topic of my newest book, When a Mom …

October 22, 2013

I received an email from a reader that broke my heart. She has been betrayed multiple times in her marriage and asked …

October 15, 2013

Some children come out of the womb, it seems, with big plans of what they want to accomplish with their lives. For …

October 8, 2013

As I surveyed daughters, ages 15-45 for my book, When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter,  I found that, overall, a daughter needs …

October 1, 2013

Are you struggling with motivation today? Is it taking all you’ve got to just face what’s on your to-do list? I remember waking up one morning and thinking “I don’t feel like getting out of bed. I don’t feel like doing all that I have to do today.

September 29, 2013

    While going through my daughter’s backpack when she was in the second grade, I found a paper on which she had …

September 24, 2013

A mom starts out as the single most influential voice in her daughter’s life. Until the day her daughter might decide to …

September 17, 2013

After sharing with you last week what I’ve learned from my daughter in 21 years of parenting her, I asked many of …

September 10, 2013

My daughter, Dana, turned 21 on Sunday. Could it really have been that long since I heard her piercing scream and was …

September 3, 2013

The problem is we can be as stressed and busy as we let ourselves become. Most of the time stress rears its ugly head in my life when I’ve taken on too many commitments that are not within the realm of my dream and purpose.

August 29, 2013

Have you ever asked if it was time to let go of your marriage? After writing a post on what I’ve learned …

August 27, 2013

“It’s never too early — or too late — to draw your daughter’s heart closer to yours!”  My newest book, When a …

August 20, 2013

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary.  And after 25 years with the same man, I  can honestly say that marriage is one …

August 13, 2013

Are you struggling to know if an open door is from God? Just because an opportunity presents itself, doesn’t necessarily mean it …

August 6, 2013

Are you willing to walk through that open door? Life is full of uncertainty.  But life is also full of doors that …

July 30, 2013

My daughter, Dana, (the tall one in the picture, at left) recently returned from Kosovo, a 5-year-old European country just above Greece, …

July 24, 2013

A mother of three young children, who works part-time,  told me this past week that she wrestles with guilt feelings that she’s …

July 16, 2013

These are stressful times we live in. But that doesn’t mean we have to fall apart as a result. Everywhere I turn …

July 9, 2013

Do you ever have one of those moments when a truth  stops you dead in your tracks and makes you think Wow….I …

July 2, 2013

I know how you feel. Life seems to be going in a million different directions. There are so many things for you to do in so little time. Kids are pulling at you or your job is pushing you. I, too, know what it’s like to feel like you’re running on empty.

June 30, 2013

Yesterday morning I interviewed a woman for my upcoming book, When God Sees Your Tears. Amanda is one who has experienced many …

June 25, 2013

Do you ever feel that God is ignoring you? I’ve had quite a few emails lately from women asking me why God …

June 18, 2013

After my post last week — reminding you that you have a Father in Heaven who invites you to call Him “Daddy” …

June 11, 2013

Every year around Father’s Day I get emails from women about their fathers.  They felt either abandonment, rejection, abuse, or indifference from …

June 5, 2013

A woman named Peggy recently wrote and said: “I would like to know  how to keep my focus on God and walk …

May 28, 2013

We all know of people who claim to be followers of Christ but don’t seem to live it. And you’re not alone …

May 20, 2013