Sam and the Red Balloon

It’s Sunday morning, bright and early. I’m excited to be here, in Portland, Oregon, to meet my wonderful new granddaughter and spend time with her big brother. Sam is not yet two and a half. He’s utterly adorable, and utterly sweet. I … Continue reading

Making a Thankfulness Jar: An Easy Way for Families to Celebrate the Year.

At the beginning of 2016 my twenty-eight year old niece began a new tradition. She decided to record her most treasured moments of the year on colored sticky notes, and collect them in a jar. Then, twelve months later, on … Continue reading

Seven Family Activities Around the Christmas Tree

The countdown to Christmas is in full swing. If you’re anything like me, you’ve only just put your tree up, you still have presents to buy and cards to send. I’m definitely a last-minute shopper, but I also yearn to … Continue reading

Jesus Talked To Me Today

Compiled by James Stuart Bell
Published by Bethany House, July 2016

Have you ever been so desperate for Jesus that when he shows up you don’t recognize him at all? But the funny thing is, children recognize him right away. That’s what my story, A Visit From the Healer, (and many … Continue reading

Summer Days

Growing up in Michigan, summer was always my favorite season. I loved the sunny days and warmer temps. But my favorite part of summer was long daylight hours. I played outdoors with the neighborhood kids for hours after dinner. One … Continue reading