What Does it Mean to Live a Life of Surrender?

This week on the blog, we thought we’d answer a question recently sent to us via email about surrender. No matter who you are or what stage of life you’re in, true surrender is something we all need to understand! Dear Mark and Jill,  When you guys share...

Why Changing Your Thoughts Changes Everything

“We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. Our inward joy does not have to reflect our outward circumstances. The pursuit of joy is a matter of choice.” – Mary Southerland I recently shared that quote on Facebook and had someone reply, “But...

Prayers for Your Anxious Heart with Julie Gillies | Episode 48

“This is what it comes down to: Do we trust Him?” I love that quote from today’s conversation. Have you experienced worry, anxiety, or fear in this last year? Are those things taking up entirely too much space in your heart? For most of us, the...

Where to Find Help When You’re Feeling…

It’s vacation season, isn’t it? My feed has been full of ocean pictures and sandy beaches lately! And while all that ocean scenery is beautiful, can you imagine if you built your family a house right on the beach? Not along the beach, but right on the sand itself. ...

Don’t Let Fear Be the Boss of You with Katy McCown | Episode 45

Do you ever feel fear when you look towards uncertainty in the future? Your children’s futures? Stepping out into a new vocation? Schools opening back up? Your marriage? Many of us live with anticipation but also great anxiety about what the future might bring...

Looking at Hardship Through the Lens of Gratitude

Today’s blog post is a guest post from my friend Sharon Jaynes. Sharon’s new book When You Don’t Like Your Story: What if Your Worst Chapters Could Become Your Greatest Victories is a powerful message that is desperately needed. I asked Sharon if...

Honesty and Abandon

Today’s post is a guest post by my friend Elisa Morgan. Elisa is an author and speaker. Her latest book is The Prayer Coin: Daring to Pray with Honest Abandon.  The book came in the mail right before Mark and I spent a week at Maranatha Bible Camp in Muskegan,...

The Top Books That Influenced Our Marriage

Jill: We’re often asked what the top books are that we read for our marriage.  To be honest, initially I was the reader in the relationship.  I would summarize to Mark what I’d read. In fact, I actually wrote my Is There Really Sex After Kids book that...

The Top 12 Books That Strengthened My Faith

I’m a reader. Of course, I love to read a good fiction book, but even more than that, I love to read books that challenge my thinking and change my perspective. I’ve been thinking about how books have been my mentors over the years. They have affected my...

Four Short But Powerful Prayers to Pray

Sometimes less is more.  That can even be true with prayer. Sometimes it’s the simplest prayers that can be the most powerful. Here are four short, but powerful prayers to pray: More of you, Lord. Less of me. This prayer based upon John 3:30, “He must...