November 5, 2015

Pumping Prayer

By Melissa Tidwell

Some 20 years ago, I began exploring why we call Christmas the Feast of the Incarnation. Was the incarnation of Jesus a one-shot expression of God’s love, or does it have anything to do with how humans ought to understand their own embodiment? A long time of reading and thinking and trying out ideas led to my book, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation. As I wrote, I was challenged to put my own ideas into practice.

I began practicing body prayers, simple gestures to help me pray with all my being: body, mind, and spirit. I designed a body prayer for the book, and there is a lovely video of the prayer online. View it here.

As the idea of body prayer continued to work on me, … read

September 23, 2015

Getting to Know Jenny Youngman

By Anne Trudel
Jenny Youngman

Jenny Youngman, Photography by Sara Rose

“What greater gift can I give my children than to point them in the direction of their Creator? Of all the tasks, to-dos, expectations, and priorities of parenting, the greatest among them is to train my kids in the way of Jesus—the one who taught us to pray, the one who showed us the way to the father, the one who stands at the ready with open arms and open ears. to hear our prayers.”
—Jenny Youngman, Scrambled Starts, page 95

Editor’s Note: This summer we finally caught up with Jenny Youngman, author of Scrambled Starts: Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything In-Between, to talk about her new book. We wanted to get the scoop on how she managed to make prayer a regular part of her family’s daily routine. Jenny is a busy woman— the mother of four children, wife of a pastor, worship pastor at Providence Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and she works part-time in Discipleship Resources International, a department of Discipleship Ministries. To top it all, this summer her family of six plus ___ pets were living in tight quarters while they waited for their new home to be completed. We can’t wait to hear what Jenny has to say about that experience, but she has a few boxes to unpack before we can get to that story!

Jenny, what inspired you to write Scrambled Starts?

I needed help. Our family had experienced one too many crazy mornings with ridiculous amounts of yelling, crying, and searching for homework/socks/gloves/you name it. … read

August 6, 2015

Let Us Thank God for Our Food

By Jenny Youngman

from “Scrambled Starts” at

God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for this food. By his hands we all are fed. Thank you, Lord, for daily bread.

June 15, 2015

God’s Anti-bullying Campaign

By Upper Room Books
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Excerpt from page 178 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.

Read 1 Samuel 17:1a

Undoubtedly, the Philistines intend to cause Israel great harm. Yes, war stirs on the horizon. The Philistines know that the opportunity to secure victory lies in assembling the largest number for battle. Israel has to view this gathering of the Philistines as disturbing. Knowing that your enemy—the greatest threat against your present well-being and your future existence—is gathering its total military force to do battle with you is a troubling proposition. Indeed, the very thought of warfare can often breed intimidation. Surely Israel faces this sobering reality as fear permeates its army’s ranks. … read

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