Be A Fruit Inspector

Hi There, Girlfriends!

There’s a new video on the blog today! I have a short little series of thoughts on judging others and learning to be fruit inspectors! I know it sounds weird, but I promise it will make sense. 🙂

I’m in the thick of a busy speaking season and our Sisters in Faith Fall Conference is this Friday and Saturday! It is the first time in 18 years we have had a conference actually come to us. The She Laughs team is arriving on Friday afternoon and will treat us to two days of in depth teaching, fun and encouragement from God’s Word. They have planned and executed the entire event. Tickets will be sold at the door and I would LOVE to see you there. To learn more, about Sisters in Faith and She Laughs, go to: www.sistersinfaithministries.org.

Here’s the video ( and a lovely freeze frame! Ugh!):

 

Many Blessings,

 

October Update

Happy October, Girlfriends!

I have a brief video update and hope I will see you local peeps at one of my speaking engagements this Fall!  Check out my schedule here on the website. 🙂

Also, I will be attending the Lifeway Women’s Ministry Forum in Nashville in November — if you will be there too, let’s meet up!

Don’t you just LOVE Fall? I’ve got some yummy recipes for this time of year – just click on the ‘Freebies’ tab – ENJOY!

Many Blessings,

 

 

 

Waiting For What’s Next

This morning, I was up early to have a little quiet time before my first day back to school. It wasn’t the nice, long quiet time I have been used to all summer –  it was early, it was dark and I only had 15 minutes. Even so, God had something to say to me and I want to share it with you.

I read from one of my favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert and I truly felt like today’s words were written just for me – but I’ve been thinking all day that they may have been written for you too. 🙂

Are you waiting and praying for what’s next? 

 

Here is the Streams in the Desert devotion for September 5th.

Please let me know if you too are waiting for what’s next – I would love to pray for you!

Many Blessings,

Moms – It’s Never Too Late

Hello There, Girlfriends!

Once again, my blog is coming to you in video form! I plan to return to writing my blog posts this Fall, but I have heard from many of you that you are enjoying ‘listening’. I get that.

Some of us are auditory learners and some of us like to listen as we multi-task. I almost always have a podcast or video message playing when I am cleaning the house or cooking dinner. When we listen, we can hear the person’s message with their own inflections and emphasis. This is valuable – and I believe it connects us in ways that a written blog cannot.

However, I love to read and maybe you do too! I tend to share and savor written blogs more and keep them in my ‘saved folder’ to return to time and again.

So, what am I saying? I’m going to alternate between the two and today I’m doing BOTH!  Thanks for the feedback and encouragement – it is always appreciated.

My message today comes to you from a very tender place. It is about the regret we can experience when remembering the times we ‘missed it’ as parents. I hope you will receive it with self – compassion and with the understanding that it is never, ever too late for a clean slate and a fresh start.

We do not have to live our lives in regret. We do not have to live our lives looking back and wishing for a do-over. In fact, we do not have to wish for it at all – it’s ours for the asking.

Socrates’ claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living. His belief was that only in examining our life will we know and understand ourselves – and in understanding ourselves, we find life’s meaning.

Well, in the Christian view, an unexamined life is a life of denial. It’s a life with a limited view of God and it limits us in ways that keep us stuck.

When we dare to look back and see truth, we experience God’s grace and love – His forgiveness and mercy. He removes the sting of regret and replaces it with a clean slate.

Everything that we have – right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start – comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus Christ alone gives our life meaning. The more we allow Him to have access to our lives, the more meaningful life becomes. We can trust Him go with us to look back, see the truth and then do what we need to do to move on in health and wholeness. And in many of these cases, we will have to ask for forgiveness from Him and from our loved ones as well.

  • We will ask for forgiveness without excuses
  • We will ask for forgiveness even if the injury was unintentional
  • We will ask for forgiveness even if many years have gone by and we hope the other person has forgotten
  • We will ask for forgiveness because that’s what growing believers in Christ do – and we work to improve upon our readiness to do it until God takes us home

I say this comes from a place of tenderness, because what I share with you in the message is part of my story. I know so very well how God honors obedience.

Maybe you are due an apology and some understanding from someone who hurt you. Think of the gift it would have been if they had simply acknowledged your hurt and asked for forgiveness. It would mean so very much to you, wouldn’t it?

Well, with that in mind, why would we ever hesitate to give this gift to our children?

I am on this journey with you my friends, and as far as I can see, all roads lead to God’s grace. Let’s keep going!

Many Blessings,

 

Put In The Time

Hello Girlfriends!

I have another video message for you today!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the remaining weeks of summer. My goodness it has gone by so fast! Don’t you remember how long the summers seemed to be when we were kids? Now they are just zooming by. In fact, life is zooming by, isn’t it?

You know, if we are not mindful, years will slip by and we could miss the opportunity to grow up and become all God has created us to be. There is only one way to mature as a believer in Jesus, and that is to put in the time.

I know, easier said than done – right?

But the truth is, we will not grow and we will not get better unless we find a way to be committed and consistant. There’s no way around it, we have to put in the time.

 

If you are part of a women’s ministry either in your church or in your community, I am sure there is a Fall Bible study being planned for you right now! August is when the final plans are being made. Will you pray for your leaders?

And, if you are not yet part of a circle of women who go to God’s Word together, pray about joining in. Safe circles of women, who study the scriptures regularly, are the best ‘incubators’ for us to grow. 🙂

Our group will be studying Proven by Jennie Allen. What will you be studying this Fall?

Love to all,

 

 

 

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