Your Turn
Friday, August 1, 2014
whatcha-think
I LOVE talking with you – AND hearing what’s on your mind! I also love giving fun and beautiful things away. This is one of the new features on my website that I hope you’ll love – each month, come to my blog and answer a poll or question I’ve posed that will ALSO give you the chance to win a really fun or great gift! We’ll announce the winner on the last day of each month. Only the first 100 to respond within the month will be eligible. Can’t wait to hear from you!

THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:

CandlesWhat’s hard about forgiveness?
Submit your answer here.
This month’s giveaway is a set of handcrafted  candles!

Release Day is Tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Release Day is Tomorrow!

My new book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret, officially releases TOMORROW, and I am so excited to share it with you! Tonight we will be at LifeWay in Baton Rouge from 6-8 p.m. celebrating, and I hope to share pictures with you here on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to come back and visit so you can see all of the fun! (Or if you can come in person, please do!) No book is ever published without an enormous amount of help and team effort, and there are many people I’m thankful for, but I do want to give a special word of thanks to my amazing ladies who served on my launchContinue Reading

When You’re Pressed Out
Monday, September 29, 2014

When You’re Pressed Out

I recently spent six weeks with some special ladies at my church walking through a first-draft of what I hope will become a Bible study that goes along with my book, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. On the last Sunday of our study, I was so encouraged by one friend in particular who shared an amazing testimony of the turn-around she has witnessed in her marriage over the course of the study. She said that it all started to change when she stopped thinking about what SHE wanted, and instead, started thinking about what GOD wanted. For the first time in almost the entire duration of their marriage – more than a decade – she’s seen what she could only describe as a “complete transformation”Continue Reading

When Life Doesn’t Fit Your Plan
Friday, September 26, 2014

When Life Doesn’t Fit Your Plan

I stood in line waiting for my zone to be called so I could make my way onto the plane. The gate area was crowded, filled with people jostling, doing that nudge, step, nudge, I’m-not- really-trying-to-move-in-front-of-you-but-yes-I-really-am  kind of dance. Still feeling the effects of full days and late nights from the conference I’d just left, I looked forward to going home. I was tired, a good tired, but I could feel my body’s silent alarm blinking the way my phone does when it hasn’t been charged in awhile… this girl’s battery had just about 10% juice left. The line slowly moved forward single file, inching its way towards the spot where one gate attendant stood, scanning boarding passes, and where I noticed a woman step out of line. SheContinue Reading

3 Myths That Make it Harder to Forgive
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3 Myths That Make it Harder to Forgive

The following is an excerpt from the book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret, available in stores October 1st. Forgiveness isn’t easy, is it? I haven’t found it to be in my life, and I’m assuming since you’re reading this, you probably haven’t either. But maybe you didn’t pick this [book] up for you. Maybe you saw this title and thought of someone close to you who struggles with some things. Maybe it’s things you’ve done, or that other people in your family or circle of friends have done, and she’s moody or shows her hurt feelings or gets offended easily, and you’ve thought more than once, “Oh, my goodness, she just needs to get overContinue Reading

Announcing Some Fun In-Store Locations & Events
Monday, September 22, 2014

Announcing Some Fun In-Store Locations & Events

I’m excited to announce that in October, I’m doing a mini book tour at a few specific LifeWay Christian Store locations! I would LOVE to see you! Please take a moment to look at the list of store locations, dates and times where I will be, and if you’re willing, download the materials and help us promote each event by sharing with your friends! These things are a whole lot more fun when a bunch of girlfriends get together!         September 30, 2014 BOOK RELEASE PARTY 6 to 8 p.m. LifeWay Christian Store Baton Rouge, LA 5915 Bluebonnet Blvd. (near Mall of Louisiana) Poster   |    Fliers October 4, 2014 BOOKSIGNING 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. LifeWayContinue Reading

5 Ways to Forgive Yourself
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Ways to Forgive Yourself

Sometimes the person we have the most trouble forgiving is ourselves. We can’t forget the mistake we made that cost us a relationship or hurt or disappointed someone we loved. We struggle with what we did or didn’t do, and we hold back from doing anything because we don’t want to repeat what happened before. We can’t change the past. But we can change what we do moving forward. The first step is to forgive. 1. Write a letter to God. Tell him everything you’re struggling with and why you’re finding it hard to forgive yourself. Then read these scriptures and tell God why you know he’s already forgiven you: 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 43:25; 2 Chronicles 7:14; and Proverbs 28:13. PrayContinue Reading

Food-Day Friday: Copy-cat Chick-fil-a Chicken Cheddar Biscuit
Friday, September 12, 2014

Food-Day Friday: Copy-cat Chick-fil-a Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

I’ve decided that as often as I can, I’m going to use Fridays to share fun recipes I’ve tried out on my family.  I did the one that I’m sharing with you today, with my guys a couple of weeks ago, and since the founder of Chick-fil-a passed away this week, maybe the timing is more than right, maybe it’s fitting too. About a month ago, I ran across this recipe for recreating Chick-fil-a chicken sandwiches. Now, if you don’t live near a Chick-fil-a, you may not appreciate this nor really care. And that is OK. But we live at least 30 minutes away from the closest one and so we don’t just get the craving for a chicken sandwich on Sundays andContinue Reading

13 years after 9/11, a note to my 13-year-old son
Thursday, September 11, 2014

13 years after 9/11, a note to my 13-year-old son

Dear Caleb, This morning you came into our kitchen and gave me a hug, your arms easily reaching over my shoulders now that you’re a good 4 inches taller than I am. As you sat down for breakfast at the counter, you mentioned some of the pictures your friends were posting on Instagram about 9/11 and how it was really sad all of those people died. Suddenly, I wasn’t in our kitchen anymore, but sitting in our small apartment in Jackson, TN, thirteen years ago, holding you as I watched the news coverage, waiting for your dad to get home from work so we could just.be.together. That had been the longest day. It had been a beautiful day, weather wise. No oneContinue Reading

3 Ways to Stop Taking Everything So Personally
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

3 Ways to Stop Taking Everything So Personally

Do you ever notice how easy it is sometimes to get offended? A co-worker makes a comment that goes beyond just funny sarcasm, or a friend at church seems to be deliberately trying to avoid you. Maybe there’s one extended family member who knows just what to say to make you feel like crawling under a rock – every single time you’re together. So how do we deal with hurtful cuts or painful slights when others decide to “bless” us with them? What choices do we have that don’t involve locking ourselves inside our homes and never talking to anyone again just so we don’t run the risk of getting our feelings hurt? Read on for an excerpt from myContinue Reading

What’s God Asking That You’re Avoiding?
Monday, September 8, 2014

What’s God Asking That You’re Avoiding?

We ended our discussion last Wednesday night at church with this question, which is still on my mind this morning, probably because it relates to another book I just finished, The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. “What divinely given responsibilities are you neglecting because you’re too busy controlling responsibilities God hasn’t called you to?” When we focus on what God hasn’t given us to focus on – we not only exhaust ourselves carrying burdens and tasks we weren’t intended to carry – we MISS doing and living out what God actually has called us to do! (And then we wonder why we feel so empty or without purpose.) I’m sharing this with myself as much as I’m sharing this with youContinue Reading