Author: Gina L Smith

19 Ways We are Called to Care for One Another

19 Ways We are Called to Care for One Another

"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 Community, according to Webster’s online dictionary, is the following: "A group of people living in a particular local area. A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the same laws and regulations....Read More
Anxiety And Showing Up

Anxiety And Showing Up

It was only a few years ago that it was allowed to suddenly descend -- uninvited.  Anxiety.  It has changed pretty much every part of who I am.  I don't mean the kind of anxiety that can be prayed or reasoned away with a few moments in the Word.  Of course, time in the Word of God and prayer is...Read More
What About Dating?

What About Dating?

As parents, the issue of dating is one of those areas where we want to have all the answers. We'd love to have a black and white biblical list of rules that we can hand our kids and tell them to follow it, but honestly, it doesn't exist. There are books with the different "Christian philosophies" for us to consider,...Read More
7 Prayers To Pray As You Teach Your Children About God

7 Prayers To Pray As You Teach Your Children About God

I remember when our children stopped ordering from the kids menu at restaurants and started ordering from the adult menu. It took a few years for them to get to the point that they would be interested in "grown up food". In fact, when they were babies, their bodies wouldn't even have been able to tolerate many foods. But as...Read More
Every Christian Family is a Miracle!

Every Christian Family is a Miracle!

God has been opening my eyes and giving me a greater understanding of what it means to bring Him glory. I have been struck over and over again by the fact that it should dominate every area of my life: My first priority and highest calling is to bring glory to God. I should be pointing others to God and...Read More
I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little?

You've probably seen the T-shirt or the meme that says "I Love Jesus And I Cuss A Little!"  It's meant to be cute or funny--but is it really funny when you hold it up to the measuring stick of God's Word? We live in a world of compromise and it has leaked into the church. Many things that used to...Read More
Life Goals

Life Goals

To be more preoccupied with my internal beauty than I am on any physical beauty that is fading quickly. To be captivated and controlled - heart, mind, and spirit - by the Holy Spirit. To put my hope in God and His promises rather than any human authority or leader. To be authentically and aggressively compassionate. To offer encouragement, hope,...Read More
When You Want Your Husband to Lead

When You Want Your Husband to Lead

Before I was married, the conversations I had with my single friends often revolved around the topic of what kind of guy we wanted to marry. At the top of the list of qualities we were looking for was the most important quality: He had to be a godly leader. We were looking for our godly leader to come sweep...Read More
Finding Calm in the Chaos

Finding Calm in the Chaos

We sit at my kitchen table, big mugs filled with steaming coffee. She is 10 years ahead of me, and I am relishing the time I have with her.  I pepper her with questions, and she  humbly shares her heart. There's something about the calm, tempered words of the mature believer that makes me stop and take notes. I love...Read More
Made In Mexico

Made In Mexico

You never really know what people are going through unless you take the time to probe. To listen and befriend.  Behind the carefully ironed outfits, the smiles that say, "I'm fine, thank you!".  Behind the snapshots of a family celebration on Instagram or Facebook.  I think it's safe to assume that everyone that you come in contact with is facing some...Read More
The 5 Most Important Things God Has Taught Me About Parenting

The 5 Most Important Things God Has Taught Me About Parenting

I remember it like it was yesterday. We had been home from the hospital for only a few days, after the delivery of our daughter. It was about 2 AM and we had tried everything we knew to comfort our crying newborn. In desperation my husband, wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts, stumbled down the hall to our...Read More
His Dreams

His Dreams

So many hopes and dreams. They started as small seeds planted. Anticipating. Dreaming. Praying -- almost losing hope. Now I am older and they are still there -- those same dreams. Yes, they are still there. Some have come to fruition, some are in process. Confusion sometimes enters in, then the dreams seem distorted and out of place. A storm...Read More