Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the #1 day to eat out in America!  If that’s part of your plan, there are lots of deals to be found … but don’t skimp!  Click here for more.

Mom Day Deals

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: Moms who dine at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Mother’s Day will eat for free — up to a $10 value — at participating locations.

Fogo de Chao: The Brazilian steakhouse chain is giving out a gift card for a complimentary meal, redeemable through July 13. The deal is only valid on meals from Sunday to Thursday.

Hooter’s: Perhaps not the most conventional of destinations for a Mother’s Day brunch, Hooter’s is giving moms a free entree at participating locations. Moms can select from traditional wings, boneless wings, a chicken sandwich, chicken salad or a Hooter’s burger. Additionally, moms will receive a coupon for their next visit — good through June 9.

Macaroni Grill: Any mother who dines at the restaurant over Mother’s Day weekend can get a coupon for a free appetizer — good until May 31.

The Melting Pot: The fondue restaurant is offering free “MOMosa” drinks for parties with at least three other guests at their table. The deal varies based on the location.

Mimi’s: On top of a special menu for brunch, mothers who dine at the restaurant will get a free entree for their next visit. The coupon for a free entree for moms can be used through May 28 — which coincides with Mother’s Day in France.

Ruth’s Chris: Each mom who dines at Ruth’s Chris this Mother’s Day will receive a $25 gift card, valid until July 2 at participating locations. The gift card can’t be used for takeout, and must be used to purchase an entree item.

Shoney’s: Any mom who eats at the southern restaurant chain on Mother’s Day can get a free slice of strawberry pie.

Spaghetti Warehouse: At locations in New York, Tennessee, Texas and Ohio, Spaghetti Warehouse is offering a free spaghetti and meatballs meal to take home with the purchase of a separate Mother’s Day meal.

Sub Zero Ice Cream: At participating locations this Mother’s Day, moms can get a free small ice cream with the purchase of another one.

Wienerschnitzel: Moms can eat free this Mother’s Day at Wienerschnitzel. The deal is good for one chili dog, small fries and a small soda. The company asks for proof of “mom-bership” for interested mothers.


Bedtime Devotions

As hectic as the days can get, bedtime can be just as hectic.  Can I get a witness?  But Dr. Johnny Hunt says it can also be a great bonding time for you & your child.


What a great opportunity to teach them what to use as a plumb line or a moral compass for their life.  His word, his promises to us.  These are promises that are reliable .. they’re great words of truthfulness, honesty, and verity.  So that they’re really making a lifetime investment in these very young, formative years. 

Dr. Hunt’s new Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is geared to not only facilitate discussion with your youngster, but also teach them to own their faith.

All Praise – September 11

Today we remember the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation.  In the first public memorial service following the attacks, actor James Earl Jones told the crowd at Yankee Stadium we are still One Nation, Under God.

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

As the White Witch is trying to cast her net for the 4 Pevensie kids by filling Edmund with a bunch of Turkish Delight, & though Edmund doesn’t think much of his siblings…she knows who they really are.  & she baits the hook by telling him…

It’s a lovely place, my house.  I’m sure you would like it. I want a nice boy whom I could bring up as a Prince & who would be King when I’m gone.

& yet, when it comes down to it, she didn’t want just one.  She wanted them all.  It’s those half-truths we must guard our hearts against.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

Why does it seem so hard to remember the Maker loves us?

In The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge writes…

We can’t just talk about our story, we have to live it.  Run our race, as Hebrews says, before a great cloud of witnesses, & when we face a decision to fall back or press on, the whole universe holds its breath.  Will anyone trust the great heart of the Father, or will we shrink back in fear?  The little decisions of the heart reveal to the world our true identity.  We are the sons & daughters of God.


Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Metaphors in relationships are often economic.  We value people.  We invest in people.  Relationships could be bankrupt or priceless.   The problem with Christian culture is we think of love as a commodity.  We use it like money.  With love, we withheld affirmation from the people who did not agree with us, but we lavishly finance the ones who did.  When the church does not love its enemies, we fuel their rage.  It makes them hate us more.

Bob Goff ~ Love Does

You don’t need to know everything when you’re with someone you trust.

Henry Nouwen ~ Discernment

A light too bright for our eyes to see.  We may not be able to look directly into its brightness, yet in this divine light we find the source of our being.  We live even when we cannot grasp it.

Jay Milbrandt ~ go + do

Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit for his test – not the devil, not by a trick.  Why was Jesus tested?  God could not have feared he would fail.  It had to be part of the journey.  So these deserts we go thru are rites of passage, like guideposts, preparing us for something better. 

Ronald Ragotzy ~ Raising Abel

Understanding faith is like solving a Sudoku puzzle.  At first it’s hard to see how everything will work out, but as you start filling in numbers, more answers are revealed.  & there’s often more than one route to the answer.  It wouldn’t be a puzzle if you could see the whole picture at the beginning.


1 John 5:4

1 Corinthians 15:57

Acts 20:24

Isaiah 35:5

Psalm 118:15

All Praise – September 4

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

As our heroes are trying to beat the White Witch to the Stone Table, Mrs. Beaver is busy packing up.  The gang tries to hurry her along, but she tells them …

Don’t get to fussing, dear.  Just get half a dozen clean handkerchiefs out of the drawer. ‘Course we got a hope. We can’t get there before here but we can keep under cover & go by ways she won’t expect.

Raise your hand if you had a grandma like that.  Sometimes the one that’s not panicking is the one with the right answers.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

We always hear about the proverbial “Light at the End of the Tunnel.”  That light is heading somewhere.

In The Journey of Desire, John Eldredge says…

No matter what our creeds may tell us, our hearts have settled into the winter of this world.  If I told you your income would triple next year you’d be hopeful, but our ideas of heaven aren’t all that desirable.  Whatever it is we think is coming, we don’t think it’s worth getting all excited about.

As Pascal once said…

We make an eternity of nothing & nothing of eternity.


Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand.  If we could, God would not inspire awe.

Bob Goff ~ Love Does

I think direction is the point.  He wants followers, not just onlookers or people taking notes.


Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

He has a single relentless stance towards us: He loves us.  He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners.  False Gods despise sinners.


Galatians 3:28

Ezekiel 1:27-28

Deuteronomy 28:47-48

Isaiah 28:22

Luke 11:52

All Praise – August 28

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

Edmund has led the charge that took down the White Witch, but he lays dying in the field. Aslan tells Lucy to bring her vial, & she dabs some on Edmund’s lips – but when Aslan tells her to leave & go help others, she tells him …

Wait a minute.  Aslan looks & says Daughter of Eve, others are also at the point of death. Must more people die for Edmund?

In other words, I’ve already told you what this vial holds .. trust me.

Ransomed Heart Devotion

What did God mean when he meant you?  In Waking the Dead, John Eldredge writes…

We at least know this: We are not what we were meant to be. Most of us spend our energy trying to hide that fact, through all the veils we put on & the false selves we create. Far better to spend our energy trying to recover the image of God & unveil it for his glory.

He goes on to remind us of James & John.  Simple fishermen.  Their buddies called them idiots .. but they were actually the Sons of Thunder.


Helen Keller

Only thru trial & suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, & success achieved.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

When we reduce Christianity to math we defile the Holy.

Bob Goff ~ Love Does

A couple of buddies & I decided to lose a little weight.  On the first morning I reached for a bagel with cream cheese .. it tasted like the low-fat kind.  I thought “Maybe if I put more of the fake cream cheese on my bagel it might taste a little more like the real thing.”  (I ate a whole bar of Crisco lard).  That kind of thing happens to me all the time in my faith – stuff that masquerades as the real thing but it’s not.

Philip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

You don’t need a shovelful of salt to preserve a slab of ham; a dusting will suffice.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

When I conclude that I can now cope with the awful love of God, I’ve headed for the shallows to avoid the deeps.  I could more easily contain Niagara Falls in a teacup that I can comprehend the wild, uncontainable love of God.


Hebrews 12:28-29

Hebrews 2:14-15

Isaiah 53:2

Acts 4:12

1 Chronicles 21:24