Nov 7

A Request for Prayer

2006 at 8:22 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

Yesterday we learned that two mothers you met here and here on the girltalk blog lost their little ones. Both are trusting God in the midst of unspeakable sorrow. Please remember them and their families in your prayers today.

Our hope today is in our Savior who “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Nov 6

The Shopping Trip and My Little Brother

2006 at 11:57 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

It’s the girltalk highlight of the year—the shopping trip! We’ve even managed to extend it an extra day, so we have two whole days of shopping ahead of us. We’ll post some pics tomorrow, but today we want to encourage you to listen to Friday’s Al Mohler radio broadcast. That’s because my little brother, Grant, was the guest, to talk about youth ministry.

Little bro—When we were kids, I outran you after the bees attacked us for throwing rocks at their hive. But you’ve outrun me now! Love ya! Carolyn.

Nov 3

Friday Funnies

2006 at 9:33 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

The following Friday Funny is a look into the future for Kristin, Janelle and me…

There were three sisters—ages 92, 94, 96 who lived together. One night, the 96-year-old drew a bath. She put one foot in, then paused. “Was I getting in the tub or out?” she yelled.

The 94-year-old hollered back, “I don’t know, I’ll come and see.” She started up the stairs, but stopped on the first one. She shouted, “Was I going up or coming down?”

The 92-year-old was sitting at the kitchen having tea, listening to her sisters with a smirk on her face. She shook her head and said, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful,” and knocked on wood for good measure. Then she yelled, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.” (From

Have a happy weekend,
for Carolyn, Kristin, and Janelle

Nov 3

“North and South”

2006 at 4:28 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

Popcorn Hey girls, it’s popcorn time. Not the microwave kind! No, you have to go for the real stuff. Pop it in oil on the stove and drench it in butter and salt (I like to add parmesan cheese, but I’m weird). My mouth is literally watering as I am writing this. Okay, all this talk about popcorn is really to recommend a movie. With me, things just start with food. Anyways, I wanted to tell you about a recent girly flick that we discovered and enjoyed called North and South. Not set among the Civil War as you may think, this movie takes place in England in one of the centuries before this one. It’s perfect for that slumber party or girls night. If you enjoyed Bleak House than you will enjoy North and South. So check it out! Happy Friday!

Nov 2

The Simple Truth

2006 at 4:18 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

All my siblings will tell you this about our childhood: When the church doors were open, we were in attendance. Our dad made sure of it! And not surprisingly, it was his example and his insistence that the local church occupied primacy in our family life that hugely influenced my own passion for the local church.

I hold many fond childhood memories of attending the little white cinder block church building at the corner of 17th Street and Tuttle Avenue. One such memory includes my father leading the congregation to sing:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Trust and obey. That seems way too simple. My life feels complicated. My besetting sin seems baffling. In my pride I can search far and wide for some deep profound truth—the key to unlock my “mysterious” problem; or spend excessive time trying to analyze and figure out my sin. Rather, I must act upon the simple profound truth found in this song: Trust and Obey

Paul Tripp explains in his book, Instruments in the Redeemers Hands: “The Christian life can really be boiled down to two words: trust and obey. I must always entrust the things that are out of my control to God, and I must always be faithful to obey clear and specific commands.”

So what are your “complicated” problems today? May I encourage you to simply Trust and Obey.

Nov 1

Today’s “Own Trouble”

2006 at 5:24 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

It’s true. Each day comes packaged with its “own trouble.” Today, my little troubles came in the form of a broken door handle that requires a screw-driver to get back in the house, a car and garage door in need of cleaning due to Halloween thrill-seekers throwing egg on them, last minute forms to turn in for my son’s basketball tryouts, a kaput homeschool schedule, and a house in disarray.

No calamity or tragedy was part of today’s “own trouble.” However, add all the little troubles together and they did make for a trying day.

I’m not complaining. Rather, I am grateful for the comfort and truth of Scripture that is sufficient for each day’s “own trouble.”

The Psalmist’s cry reveals a confident expectation in God’s help: “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!” (Psalm 20:1-2)

What has been your day’s “own trouble”? Maybe you have had one of the most difficult days of your life. Or maybe the little tiny troubles have accumulated with the hours.

Regardless, we can, like the Psalmist, turn to God for help. We can be confident in His help, support, and protection.

As Charles Spurgeon exhorts us: “Let us fly to the cross for shelter in all times of need and help will be sent to us. For praying breath is never spent in vain.”

May the Lord answer you as you call upon Him today!

Oct 31

A Deadline Met

2006 at 4:26 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

We want to say “thank you” for praying for us these past few weeks. This morning, we turned in the manuscript for our forthcoming book to our publisher. You must have been praying hard because this was the first time ever that we have managed to meet our deadline!

Chapel_cj_mahaney_102406_027_web_1_2 So instead of writing a post today we want you to pop on over to the T4G—Together for the Gospel blog and read about Dad’s trip to Southern Seminary. You can also listen to audio from his messages there—two of our favorites (you have to scroll down to find them).

Once again, thank you for your prayers and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Oct 30

Pregnancy Update

2006 at 11:37 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre

Several of you have kindly inquired about my pregnancy. I realized that I neglected to pass on my good news: morning sickness is a thing of the past! I am off Zofran and eating more than enough for two.

Currently I’m at almost nineteen weeks gestation. In a week or so I will have a sonogram to find out whether the baby is a boy or a girl. What do you think it’s going to be? We’ll be sure to let you know. Honestly, I will be thrilled with either. I’m still amazed at God’s goodness in allowing us to have another child.

Yesterday at church we picked up a bassinet some friends are lending to us. As we put it in the back of our car, Jack asked if we could get a baby to go in the baby bed. I told him that we would. “I’m so excited” he said.

Mom suggested I have Steve take a picture of me to go along with this post, but I’m not feeling too photogenic right now. Instead, I am going to put on my “proud aunt” hat and share a picture Janelle sent me this morning of my niece Caly. Isn’t she the cutest thing?


“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Psalm 127:3

Oct 27

Friday Funnies

2006 at 11:13 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Fun & Encouragement | Friday Funnies

At least this four-year-old applied the lipstick on his lips, or thereabouts, rather than rub it on his parent’s comforter (like one of my precious grandsons did, who of course will remain unnamed). Thanks to Julie Lamey for sending us this cute picture.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Carolyn (for Nicole, Kristin and Janelle)


Oct 27

The Family Room Again

2006 at 10:12 am   |   by Kristin Chesemore

Fr_fp Our church had another Family Room meeting last Friday, and once again it was a wonderful time of instruction from God’s Word. This month’s topic was “Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.” Grant Layman (“Uncle Grant”) laid down four foundational truths from Scripture about our God-given roles as men and women. He then examined our sinful tendency to drift from God’s perfect design.

How do we tend to drift? Listen to this message and find out!