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...

When You Feel You’re Not Good Enough

Do the voices in your head tell you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or just not enough, period?  If so, it’s time to stop listening to the lies that sabotage your confidence and start embracing the truth of your true identity in Christ....

Where Do You Need Resurrection in Your Life?

Easter is a very special day for us. It’s special first because of Christ’s resurrection and what that did for our faith, and second, because of Mark’s resurrection and what that did for our marriage. There are three parts to Easter: Friday, Saturday, and...

10 Ways To Stand By A Widow

A  couple of weeks ago my friend Amy lost her husband. This makes the sixth friend in my life who has become a widow.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing the love of your life. It’s a club each of us hope we’ll never have membership...

When Life Is Hard

It was today, February 2, six years ago, that Mark left. Disillusioned with life, God, people, the world, and marriage, he was determined to ride off in the sunset with another relationship. It was today, February 2, four years ago that we both shaved our...

Are You Feeling Conviction or Condemnation?

Dear Jill, I deal with ‘guilty daughter syndrome’ as I don’t go visit my parents that often and they only live 25 minutes away. We see them a lot at my kids’ sporting events (but no sports during the winter months right now) and for some reason...

The Power of Perseverance

I saw the little square notice in our local newspaper. It stated basic information about a college scholarship available for Christian students. I didn’t have anyone in college at the time. My older three were young adults, my younger two were freshman and...

Lessons from a Day of Travel

This guy. Last night he was a champ. When my flight was delayed leaving Florida and I texted him that I worried about making my connecting flight in Atlanta, he immediately pointed me to Christ with a simple text that said, “God’s got this. I am praying.”  I needed...

When He Leaves

Three times this week I’ve received an email or Facebook message from someone who has a friend whose husband has left. Because I’ve walked through that horrible experience, each of these women are asking, “How can I help my friend?” It is truly...

Hospitality at Home

We’d been married just about six months and lived on the west side of Indianapolis. Mark drove a delivery truck all over Indiana for his family’s glass and plastics business. He’d been in southern Indiana that day and I was waiting for him to come...

My Faith-Filled Friend

One of the hardest parts of having cancer is making new friends only to lose way too many of them in death. I don’t believe I’ve ever grieved the loss of so many friends as I have the past three years. It happened again two weeks ago when my friend Angela passed away....