Making Room for What’s Next

This afternoon Gene and I waged phase II of our war on the Japanese beetles that have invaded our yard for the past five years. Saturday afternoon I pruned our rose bushes and other flowers. The poor roses were being ravaged by the Japanese beetles. Sadly I had to cut […]

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Why Have Daily Habits?

This is a quote from our pastor, Jake Mills. Yesterday he spoke on how to develop spiritual habits so we are doers/defenders of our faith and not just talkers about our faith. He acknowledged what he shared was not new, but pretty simple. Yet, most of us don’t have the […]

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My Life-Giving Day

The past few days I’ve been mulling over the phrase “life-giving.” God placed this phrase in my path twice in one day. Both times it was spoken/written by women I deeply respect, admire, and aspire to be like. So I thought God might be trying to tell me something—like “pay […]

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The Life God Had for Me Today

Today did not go as planned. I started my day with a tidy to-do list. It wasn’t overly ambitious but I would have definitely felt a certain satisfaction had I completed it. But then. . . The phone rang. . .and my to-do list went bye-bye. I wasn’t happy about it. […]

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Finding the Thankfuls in Today

Today has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. And the emotion that runs through every part of this day is thankfulness. The first part of my day was spent in a cozy room at the church with the faithful women in the focus group for my new book proposal. I […]

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What Will God Say to You When You Are Quiet?

  The past few months I’ve been stumped in regards to what God had next for me to do. I expected God to speak to me in ways similar to what He had in the past—a big compelling. I have been doing my best to do what I knew to […]

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Don’t expect immediate results.

Gene and I love the show, Madame Secretary*. It is about a female Secretary of State, of course, and her family. She and her husband were friends with the President before he became President and before she became Secretary of State. On one episode the couple is in their bedroom […]

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Conversation with Anita Lustrea about What God Wished I Knew

I am thrilled to share with you today my conversation with Anita Lustrea on What God Wished I Knew. Recently I was a guest for Anita’s podcast, Faith Conversations. As Moody’s Midday Connection is no more, Anita launched a new ministry–a weekly podcast. Classic Anita comes through no matter who she […]

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Making Your Life Better than Chocolate Cake

I, like many of you, am watching as much of the Olympics as my schedule will allow. On Sunday the announcers cut away from the Olympic coverage to show a little of Tony Dungy’s speech as he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. After his speech, the announcers […]

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Why I Practice Pause

Pause James 1:19—“Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” Pause is a way to hear the other’s heart. Pause instead of speaking. Pause is a way to be in the moment. Pause—time to think—What’s it like to be on the other side of me? […]

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