Together in His Grace 2006 Archives

The Place of Christmas

The Place of Christmas

Where does Christmas really occur?

The real place Christmas happens is in our hearts, where love, joy, peace, and kindness are found.

The Best Gifts

The Best Gifts

Are you still trying to buy love at Christmas?

Priceless memories that you make with those you love are far more valuable and enduring gifts than anything you can purchase with money.

Wiggling All Over

Wiggling All Over

What in the world are you talking about wiggling and squirming?

Russ finds out about a grandbaby because of a sonogram and the baby is wiggling around all over the place and reminds us that life begins in the mind of God.

The Value of a Thank You!

The Value of a Thank You!

Could you ever imagine that 80 cents could mean so much?

Sending thank you cards or notes can be such a powerful and special blessing to those who receive them and are just the kind of thing the Lord would have us do!

The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Giving

How can this bring me more joy?

Patrick Odum tells about a boy who shared his winnings with his father rather than spending it only on himself and the joy that this attitude brought the father and Patrick compares this to the joy we give our Father, God, when we share.

Old Warriors

Old Warriors

What do you do to comfort those who lived through today so long ago?

Jerry visits and old warrior who cannot leave the battlefields of Normandy and can still remember as if it were yesterday leaving to go fight in World War II.

When Your Heart Hurts

When Your Heart Hurts

Is there anyting to really hold on to when your heart aches in the middle of life's messes?

With an onslaught of bad things happening over the last several weeks, Russ is holding on to hope and faith in God and the steadfast love of the Father.

Who's the Boss of You?

Who's the Boss of You?

Isn't it funny how we don't want to have any bosses?

A simple road trip and quarreling kids leads to a reminder that we must all yield our hearts to the Lord as our "boss"!

They're Always Watching You!

They're Always Watching You!

So how in the world did they learn to do that kind of thing?

A child buys a car online because he has learned to imitate the actions of his mother on a computer and this is a powerful reminder that our kids are always watching us

Cookie Sheet Welcome Mat?

Cookie Sheet Welcome Mat?

Why in the world would a cookie sheet be left on the front porch?

How many things have we been putting off that need doing that remain undone?

Hear My Prayer

Hear My Prayer

How do we know that our children and our grandchildren are secure?

We can cry out to God and know he hears us and that our children and our grandchildren's futures are in his hands.

The Gift of Now

The Gift of Now

So what birthday are you celebrating next?

A grandchild celebrates birthday one and a grandmother celebrates birthday fifty and both rejoice in the gift of now.

Mt. St. Kid

Mt. St. Kid

How can you tame a raging child volcano?

A kid who goes through a tantrum meltdown faces off with his mom who uses the scream free technique to help the child learn boundaries and not embarrass himself.

Confessions of a Blackberry Picker

Confessions of a Blackberry Picker

Have you see the evidence of his beauty in your world?

A trip to the beach and other vacation sites helps lead Patrick Odum to ask what he is not recognizing in his daily life where God's fingerprints and footprints can be found.

Rap or Not ... It's for the Lord

Rap or Not ... It's for the Lord

Can anything good come from rap music?

Can a Christian father learn a lot about faith from his rappin' son and the rap he wrote to be sung at church?

Scream Free Parenting

Scream Free Parenting

Can you truly parent without the loud volumes and the moments of being out of control?

Parenting can be done scream free, but not because we focus on our children, but because we focus on ourselves.

Lightning Storm

Lightning Storm

When you see the lightning light up the sky, what do you remember?

Sarah Stirman talks about a couple of times that she and Troy watched the lightning, felt God's presence, and knew they were made for each other.

The End of One Chapter

The End of One Chapter

How would you handle this if it were your child?

A mother with a son who has a tumor talks about the challenges and changes she and her family have faced during his theraphy and the faithfulness of God.

What's Your Price?

What's Your Price?

What are you willing to trade in for this prize?

Selling a bike for $5 (five dollars) is a bad deal, but not nearly as bad as giving away our soul for something valueless.

Hold to His Hand

Hold to His Hand

Whose hand do you hold when things get tough?

In the middle of our struggles, we need to remember that we need to reach out for God's unchanging hand.

Little Things, Done Faithfully

Little Things, Done Faithfully

Are you willing to do all those tedious, little things of love?

Little things, done faithfully, like taking out the garbage, are the glue, the grace, of ongoing and lasting relationships and marriages.

Joy and Pain in the Family of God

Joy and Pain in the Family of God

Could we be so gracious in this awful situation?

The horrible death of one daughter and the coma of another and the confusion between the two leads the Ceraks and Van Ryns on the ultimate challenge of Christian faith.

39 Years ... Plus One

39 Years ... Plus One

What's happening in your world when you turn forty?

A simple anniversary celebration for the 39th anniversary leads a husband to reflect on his adventure with his wife!

I Love You and I'm Sorry

I Love You and I'm Sorry

What will you tell your mother today?

Rain leaves this grown daughter to think about her mother and all that her mother means to her.

The Ministry of Motherhood

The Ministry of Motherhood

What greater need when it is lacking and what greater blessing when present?

Faith is not heriditary, it is learned and nurtured, often my loving momthers who take motherhood seriously.