Put the thanks back in Thanksgiving 


Do your kids have more attitude than gratitude?   Does your family ever struggle with whining, complaining or greed?  Join the club!   It’s tough to be humble in a world that tells us, “It’s all about us.”

In this series of family devotions, you can help your kids bust the turkeys of pride, selfishness and entitlement in their lives and cultivate a grateful heart.Sign up here to receive a new family devotion every Friday for the holiday season.

Holiday Road Episode 8: Halloween Scrooge

trickortreat.jpgYou can learn a lot about generosity and gratitude from a night out trick-or-treating with your kids.  In this episode you will meet the Halloween Scrooge and a couple of ridiculously generous people who put him to shame.

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Here are a few Bible verses from this week’s episode:

God loves a cheerful giver.  – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

For more fall-themed devotions, check out my book, Tales from the Leaf Pile, available on Amazon in paperback or ebook.


Celebrating Fall


You know that autumn is in full gear when the local fall festivals start popping up: apple festivals, harvest festivals, persimmon festivals, pumpkin festivals and my own hometown favorite, the Sorghum Festival.  

What is sorghum, you ask?  Honestly, I can’t tell you.  I’d always heard it was like molasses but I never actually tried it myself.  Oh, I went to the festival, ate popcorn, hung out with my friends, checked out the booths and took advantage of all the festival festivities except for one.  The sorghum.  The one thing the festival was actually about.  

For many years I treated God the same way.  After all, there’s so much to celebrate and enjoy in this world He’s created for us.  That’s why I love the holidays and the change of seasons.  They’re great excuses to make memories with our family and friends.  

However, celebrating life without the celebrating the God who gave it to us kind of misses the point.  It’s like going to Sorghum Festival every year but never trying the sorghum.  

That’s why I wrote my new book Tales from the Leaf Pile.  It’s collection of autumn-themed devotions featuring stories about the comforts of fall and how they can point us back to the God who gave us the season to enjoy.  

If you’re looking for some autumn inspiration, check out a sample of Tales from the Leaf Pile now available in paperback and ebook on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.