Tag Archives: Bible stories for children

5 Reasons Why God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers

Do you ever feel like God isn’t answering your prayers? I heard from someone last week who asked “How long am I supposed to pray if God continues to ignore me?” It might feel like God is ignoring you when He doesn’t answer your prayers the way you’re hoping. But Scripture offers us insights as […]

10 Tips for Praying as a Couple

“Bless you both,” I heard as my husband, Dave, and I opened our eyes after praying over our dinner in the Seattle airport food court. I looked up to see an elderly gentleman and his wife beaming at us from the next table. Instantly, we had something in common—God! When Dave and I acknowledged the […]

Why You are Too Busy NOT to Pray

Prayer does not come naturally to any of us. In our more honest moments, we all admit it’s a struggle to pray as we’d like. And yet there is no avoiding the fact that Scripture insists God has hard-wired the universe in such a way that He works primarily through prayer. No doubt He could […]

He’s Memorized 42 Books of the Bible and You Can Too

There may be other Christians more committed to the discipline of Scripture memory than Pastor Andy Davis, but I’ve not met them. But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man, […]

5 Things to Remember When Your Child Asks about Hell

Many Christian pastors have noted how often Jesus talked about hell. While hell may be a topic we would rather skip over and turn our focus instead on Jesus’ victory over hell, it’s still important to address this topic that Jesus often mentioned. But how to discuss such a topic? It’s difficult to know how […]

A Prayer for When You Battle Depression

If you’re feeling depressed, remember that you’re not alone. God is with you always. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people in your family, your church, or your friend circles. Ask them to pray with and for you, and continue to pray each day, asking God to draw you closer to Himself. If you’re […]

You Can Help Create the Next Great Christian Film!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the oldest and most renowned stories in Christian literature. First published in 1678 by John Bunyan, the novel serves as an allegory for […]

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

Have you ever wondered what language Jesus spoke? Let’s take a closer look. What Languages Were Spoken in First-century Palestine? Before we can identify which languages Jesus spoke, we need to know what languages were spoken in first-century Palestine. Here are the three languages: Aramaic had been widely spoken since the Babylonian exile.   Since the […]

Faith, Hope and Stirring

(Edited &Re-published from from my “Musings” blog) I didn’t  blog much in 2015. Truth is – I didn’t have much to say and had very little time to say it! 2015 was a strange mix of everything; blessings, sadness, busyness…. and even with moments of joy, I felt as though some things in the last year had sucked the life, […]

Top 10 Weird Bible Stories

Sure, the Bible has the classics that most Christians have heard since they were young—David and Goliath, Noah and the ark, Jesus healing the blind man. But within the pages of Scripture are many stories that are obscure, dramatic, and just plain bizarre. Here are the ones your Sunday School teacher didn’t tell you. Amy […]

A Pondering Platypus Creation

Hi All! This is my new website/blog I’m still working on it – so bear with me for a little while longer. I’m still adding information and links to the side bar that reflect the interesting mix of things I’m now involved in. Those who follow me on facebook may have seen the conversation about […]

11 Bad Ways to Study Your Bible

I struggled with this piece, because really, I could write it in one sentence: The only bad way to study your Bible is to NOT DO IT. See? Easy and simple. Done. But nothing in life is ever that simple, is it? And studying the Bible is a complex and often intimidating endeavor. Just like […]

A New Season

This was my last post over on my ‘Musings’ blog – but edited for this site. I thought it would be helpful on here too…. as an explanation of where my heart is leading me. So, a new season begins! And along with it – a new blog space. I’ll now be blogging here at “Pondering platypus”, a […]

Spiritual Inclusion

This weekend I’m going to be at the Hand in Hand conference in Eastbourne. The Additional Needs Alliance (ANA) has for the last few years done a forum before the conference, but this year we decided to run it through the main conference itself. One of the key subjects we will be looking at in […]