3 Tips to Finding Joy in Suffering

At first, it’s a choice – a choice to

Sitting in the sanctuary with about 1000 people yesterday during "open mic," I prayed, "If you want me to say something, Lord, You'll need to calm my heart. I really don't want to get up and do this." I seldom get nervous about speaking in public, but for some reason, He and I sometimes have the Continue Reading

What Are YOU Waiting For?

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My mind was elsewhere, and I looked at her. I saw my friend and coworker's mouth moving, and couldn't answer the question she was asking. It was something about upcoming possibilities with the ministry, but because it was a future situation, all I could think about was how dramatically different Continue Reading

We ALL Need Heart Surgery…

Enjoy the NOW you are in...

We have an update from my husband's recent cardiology visit. So I've been walking around with my own heart caught in my throat for about a week. Do you remember that feeling? When I think of my childhood and the bullying, this is the feeling I remember most. Tears flow easily. Fear Continue Reading

What’s Going on With Daughters of Sarah?

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In the middle of a challenging week waiting on doctors to return phone calls and too many things to do, I still have this labor of love to talk about, to answer the question, "What's going on with Daughters of Sarah?" A lot is going on. 7 years of hard work has been going on... with God leading, Continue Reading

It’s in The Hands of God…

God IS.

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the Continue Reading

Quick TIP! For Handling An Angry Husband…

Defensiveness is the manifestation of

Got an angry husband? You know that heart-pounding-freaking-out feeling that you hate? That moment where he's suddenly upset and you are surprised and then your own flight or fight response kicks in? One thing that might help is simply this: create safety for him. Know why he looks angry? Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Husbands…

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An Open Letter to Husbands ... You know the feeling, the heart-pounding, tight-chested, palm-sweating moment filled with dread. "OH NO. This can't possibly end well," you might think, as you watch her crying, listening to her complaining that she doesn't feel loved. The adrenalin has kicked in Continue Reading

WOMEN: Stop Wanting it ALL. Dare 39

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Have you felt the pressure of the lies about wanting it all? One of the few things that makes me about half crazy frustrated at the mere mention of the subject is GENDER EQUALITY. Now, bear in mind, I'm NOT talking about equal pay for equal work. I'm also not saying that there aren't bad men out Continue Reading

But What if You Love Your Kids More Than God?

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Do you love your kids more than you love God? I did. I was wrong. In Twelve Truths to Change Your Marriage, there's a story about how I was sitting around a table with a bunch of women at Bible study  one morning and the Holy Spirit convicted me that I had something "on the throne" instead Continue Reading