Gayle Veitenheimer

How to Capture Your (and Your Kid’s) Complaints

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV As summer approaches, what do you plan to capture?  Moments with growing kids?  Memories with friends and family?  How about thoughts? No, not the ones you add to the to-do list before you forget. Out-of-bound thoughts.  Like complaints.  Complaints are…
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Spiritual Warfare: How to Guard Your Castle

One of my favorite stories is “The Knights of the Silver Shield” by Raymond M. Alden. In the story, a group of valiant knights lived in the forest where they fought the evil giants of the land. They bore silver shields that shone brightly when a knight was virtuous but became cloudy when he was…
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How to Worship Extravagantly: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

The alabaster jar of spikenard. An unusual gift. Precious. Costly. This was no bottle of cheap perfume. The pink-blossomed spikenard plant grew in India. Its fragrant oil, collected from the plant’s spikes, was valued so highly that one bottle cost a year’s wages.  Scripture records several accounts of women bringing their oil-filled alabaster jars to…
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How Much More: Understanding God’s Love for You

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 NIV How much more!  Can you see the look on Jesus’ face as He makes His case?  Why do we struggle to believe Him? Or is it…
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How to Build a Family Altar and Why You Need One

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s…
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Holy Habits: How to Set Goals with God in Mind

I spent the end of December reviewing 2023’s goals and praying about 2024. Just as a morning quiet time with God sets the tone for the day, so fasting and prayer prepares me for the coming year.  In James 4:15 NIV, James advised believers to set their goals with God in mind, “Instead, you ought…
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This Little Light of Mine: How to Shine

Christmas. The season of lights and a season where my light easily dims. My workload for December is proving intense, and that’s just work. The pressures of the season are enough to snuff out the brightest of lights. My friend Pam quipped that men believe in Santa because they woke up Christmas morning and everything…
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Thankfulness: Make It a Hard Habit to Break

Fall spices. I love them. The aroma of cinnamon throughout the house. The punch to the palate of ginger and cloves. The gritty texture of nutmeg and cardamom. When no one’s looking, I usually double their amounts in any recipe whether it’s pumpkin pie, gingerbread, or molasses cookies. And chai tea lattes? My favorite.  Sprinkled…
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How to Endure Hardship Like a Soldier—Spiritually

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV Three days after graduating from college, our oldest left for the Navy’s boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois.  When we saw him eight…
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How to Keep Dismay at Bay

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV Dismay. The word caught my eye as did God’s instructions through Isaiah, “do not be.” “Overwhelm” or “anxiety” may be more familiar…
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