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!

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

That’s Why They Call It Faith
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

That’s Why They Call It Faith

Where in the world did summer go? And what happened to my beach time (that I never actually got)? Did anyone else blink and think those two brief months of sunny reprieve from homework wars and carpool running ended way too soon?  If life for you is like mine, your kids are starting back to school if they haven’t already, and your family’s pace has taken on Nascar qualities as classes and Bible studies and activities at church get going and all of the fall school and after-school activites and team practices are now updated on the almost-already full calendar. I’m tired just writing that. A few weeks ago I started a study of Proverbs 31 with a group of precious ladies from my church. You may have readContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Join the Launch Team for How Can I Possibly Forgive
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Join the Launch Team for How Can I Possibly Forgive

It’s almost time! In less than 5 short weeks, my new book, How Can I Possibly Forgive? Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret, releases, and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned about this hard but important topic. One thing I can tell you with confidence – what distracts our hearts, distracts our souls and the hurts and resentments that happen from hard situations or relationships with friends or family can be the very walls preventing us from fully experiencing the kind of relationship God wants with us. Maybe you’ve been there too – or you have friends or loved ones in your life who’ve let bitterness consume them and you know that if they could just let go of that hurt, theyContinue Reading

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Does Our External Reflect Our Internal?

At the end of the book of Jeremiah, we read of a heartbreaking moment… the kings of Judah continued to do evil in the sight of God and we’re told in Jeremiah 52:3, that “Because of the Lord’s anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence.” Can you imagine what it must have felt like to be without God’s presence? To hear silence? To feel nothing of His love, His protection, His thoughts or His instruction? As you might imagine, life quickly morphed into chaos, and the city of Jerusalem was soon under siege by Babylon’s army. For TWO YEARS, they were surrounded, with no way to escape. Nothing toContinue Reading

The Wisdom We Gain When We Notice
Monday, August 4, 2014

The Wisdom We Gain When We Notice

Psalm 90:12 ~ “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” We are so tempted to move our lives along some days, aren’t we? Especially when the season of life we’re in isn’t where we want to be, or isn’t as exciting, or as rewarding, or it’s a season just so filled with conflict or challenge that we look to a new challenge-free season door to open? But can I share something with you that I’m learning? Wisdom never develops from coasting downhill, like when we were kids on our bikes – we tend to focus on the breeze, and what we’re passing often ends up in a blur in our peripheral.Continue Reading