Our guest today is Heidi Viars, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. Originally from Germany, she now lives in Wisconsin where she writes on her blog about her rescuing Savior and posts photos of the beauty he's created. When I saw the cover of the German version of Remarkable Hope, I contacted Heidi to ask her to translate. There was a campfire drawing on the cover, and I was a little confused. But as soon as Heidi translated the title for me, I understood. And you … [Read more...]
Need a New Bible Study this Fall?
For two-thirds of my life, my schedule has been controlled by the school calendar. I graduated from college in May, and when the next August rolled around, I had an unexpected sense of dread. Then I remembered, “Hey, I graduated. August doesn’t change anything for me!” It was a revelation. But even if the traditional school schedule rhythms don’t influence your schedule, August still signals the start of something new. If your Bible Study or Book Club is looking for a new book to study … [Read more...]
Why this trial?
It’s often said, “You’ve either been through a trial, are going through a trial, or are headed for a trial.” I’m not sure who first said it, but life sure has a way of validating the statement, doesn’t it? Pandemic, anyone? Add to that a thousand physical, emotional, and spiritual battles along the way, and we realize that to live is to face trials. Pandemic or not. Doesn't it make you long for a time when you can retire on a beach and cast your trials into the ocean? But by that … [Read more...]
How I Learned about “Murder, Motherhood & Miraculous Grace”
It’s always risky to share a hotel room with a stranger. Some would call it crazy. But I did it anyway. Lest you think I’m completely out of my mind, the risk was mitigated by the fact that my roommate and I were both women attending a Christian Writers conference in Estes Park, Colorado. By the time we met on that May evening in 2014, I was exhausted. I had driven eight hours, located registration, lodging, dining and classrooms, and attended a pre-conference session. When the first key-note … [Read more...]
How to Hope in a Storm
That enormous flash of sunlight and heat that just flew by...that was summer! And with the close of the season comes our final Story of Hope from Lisa Appelo. Her summer has been a whirlwind of weddings, babies, and now Hurricane Dorian. But Lisa is no stranger to storms. Eight years ago, Lisa suddenly became a widow and single mom to seven kiddos. Today she's shared her story of God's faithful mercy before, during, and after a tragic family storm. Be encouraged. Our hope, our certainty, is … [Read more...]
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