The Blessing of a Prayer Journal

sweetjourneyI had a prayer journal that I used off and on throughout the years but more off than on. Three years ago, that all changed. Before my mom’s book Sweet Journey was published, she taught the study to us girls plus a few others. When studying the section on prayer journals, Mom challenged us to use one. I purchased a journal and happily began it.

My very first entry in that journal is dated 3-17 [2011]: Babies for (and then a list of couples desiring to have babies). Every couple except one has had a child since that prayer request was written in my prayer journal! Imagine the joy I felt when I received a card from one of those friends, and I stared with wonder at the ultrasound picture of their baby. Praise Jesus!

I love paging through my journal and seeing the many requests the Lord has answered. They are tangible and vivid!

God delights in giving us good gifts. Sometimes the answer is exactly what we want, but sometimes it isn’t. God is still good. He sees the entire picture that our finite minds can’t see.

In addition to a specific section of prayer requests, I have a daily section. For example, on Mondays, part of my list includes: Anna [I try to pray for a family member each day], direction for upcoming week, Titus2, and then a mom who would like to be expecting, another one who is, and a couple’s salvation, among other items. I have been richly blessed by using my prayer journal.

For you ladies out there, I suggest you pick up a copy of Sweet Journey. It’s a perfect individual study or a mother/daughter study. I learned so much from Sweet Journey (and I grew up in an incredible home) that I’m still applying to my life daily three years later.

Joyfully His,


“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Phillipians 4:6-7

The First Palm Sunday – A Day of Praise

Palm Sunday. Step back in time with me. Imagine being in the crowd (“much people”, John 12:12) watching the triumphal entry. How awesome to have mingled in that group, shouting, “Hosanna!” to our King! Yes, imagine with me.

A dusty, crowded street, thronging with people. Precious cloaks thrown down on the dirt-packed road. But wait. Feel the excitement, the enthusiasm, the awe, the wonder. Palm branches waved back and forth, as people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” Little children jumped up and down, filled with the excitement that everyone else shared, “Hosanna!” they cried. The donkey plodded along, not appearing to be bothered by all the commotion, as he carefully carried the King. People strained to catch a glimpse of King Jesus.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, “all the city was moved.” Imagine that. Imagine the excitement. This was King Jesus! Yet, the tide turned right after that, bringing about the most incredible Sacrifice, which brought us redemption. Let that wonder fill your heart this week.

Serving Jesus,


“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
John 12:12-13

May We Brag a Bit?

Our mail carrier is the best mailman ever. If you want to see Mr. Positive defined in the dictionary, he would be it. He always has a jolly word to say. Years ago, he was our mailman until the routes got changed. Our other mailman was great and took care of us too, but we still missed this guy. Recently, the Post Office reassigned routes, and we got him back in January. It’s awesome. So, next time you receive a package from Titus2, he probably picked it up from our house!

We’re grateful for our mailman! Who are you grateful for today?


“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…”
Proverbs 15:13

Kaboom Went the Tree

Okay, y’all have to understand we {{dearly}} love our little nieces and nephew, and their funny antics add a sparkle to life. The almost two-year-olds sometimes get stuck on something, meaning events are a big deal and the story is often repeated. For example, Joshua watched the last tree being cut down, and his big thing was talking about the tree going “kaboom.”

Well, since this was such a big hit with Joshua, Dad had a great idea for him to help with another tree we needed to take down.

Tuesday, late afternoon, all the Maxwell grandchildren gathered to watch. Notice the progression in the pictures, and maybe you’ll figure out how we did it.


Grandpa had to do some prep work first.

Grandpa had to do some prep work first.

Getting Joshua ready for the big event.

Getting Joshua ready for the big event.


Joshua is holding thin twine for his rope to pull the tree over in the right direction. Makes a little guy feel real powerful!

Joshua is holding thin twine for his rope to pull the tree over in the right direction. Makes a little guy feel real powerful!



Kaboom! Good job, Joshua!

Kaboom! Good job, Joshua!


The girls are taking a "selfie." If there are more little nieces to add to the mix, I think Anna's going to need an arm extender to fit them all in.

The girls are taking a “selfie.” If there are more little nieces to add to the mix, I think Anna’s going to need an arm extender to fit them all in.


Christina and I.

The little girls came inside, and suddenly, Bethany was rushing around the house, collecting stools, so they could help Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary now had three eager helpers ;).

The little girls came inside, and suddenly, Bethany was rushing around the house, collecting stools, so they could help Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary now had three eager helpers ;).

“Who is among you that feareth the LORD,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.”
Isaiah 50:10

Buying a House Debt-Free Is In Stock!

Earlier this week, we received the Buying a House Debt-Free books. It’s truly amazing to have the finished product. After a huge time investment, it’s exciting to see it done. Our prayer is that the Lord will use this book to show many that it is indeed possible to own their first home without being in bondage to a lender. We believe that this is a desperately needed message across America, and ultimately the world. Our hope is that this book will start a wave of different thinking; a group of people that are determined to set their families on the best path, and not willing to take the average “impossible” for an answer.

That’s why we think Dr. Davis nailed it with the comment he sent us after reading a pre-release copy:

“I am very impressed with the vision the Maxwells are casting for young men. This book has the potential to make a significant impact on the next generation. I want my grandsons to read this. The stories given are worth the price of the book.”

– Dr. S.M. Davis

Get yours today and find practical direction as well as inspiration from young men who have taken that road which isn’t crowded. They are average citizens, like you, with above-average ambitions: motivated merely by the un-willingness to live off of what a bank will loan. It is possible.


“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Deuteronomy 6:7

A Neighborly Invitation

Spur-of-the-moment things can be special; and that was the case for Thursday’s invitation to Christopher and Anna Marie’s for dinner.

Who could you bless? Perhaps there’s a new family in your neighborhood, and you could whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies (our favorite recipe is the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Crisco). Or, you could take a few minutes to catch up with a neighbor on what’s been going on in his or her life.

Acts of kindness show others the love of Jesus.


For those who wonder, these two bibs are a perfect, no, rather, a necessary combination to keep a little one clean. The long-sleeve is from IKEA, and the other is a Baby Bjorn Soft Bib.



Watching Grandpa cutting down the tree! A little boy’s delight.


“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
Acts 1:7

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