"The very word 'calling' is fraught, isn’t it? It feels like a word saved only for special people and those paid to do ministry." That's a line from my Encouragement for Today devotion, "Your Highest Calling Isn't What You Think." It's true, isn't it? So many of us struggle with the idea of calling, but ultimately I believe that it's not as … [Read more...] about What Happens When You Step Into Your Highest Calling
At no additional expense to you, this post contains affiliate links to defray the cost of website maintenance. Click here for full disclosures. Have you ever caught yourself saying or thinking things like this? The news stresses me out too much. I'm not going to watch it anymore. I can't think about that problem. It's too big for me, and I've … [Read more...] about Numbed Out
Oh my heavens... I've spent the morning reading back through all your comments, and my heart is overflowing. Although I'm unable to write a response for each one, I've been thanking God for all the seeds He's sending into the world through you. You're sending seeds of care-taking, encouragement, the arts, giggles, and even grief. The last one … [Read more...] about All Your Beautiful Seeds
You know the saying... "Great things come in small packages." That saying may be truest of one of the tiniest things I can think of-- a seed. Years ago when the boys were small, we moved into a new house with a barren yard. Even though I love landscaping, there was no budget for it that year, so I hesitantly bought a packet of zinnia seeds. … [Read more...] about The Powerful Beauty of Something Tiny
This week I'm taking time off to celebrate my son's wedding and enjoy my family. Be sure that I'll have some pics to share when I return! In the meantime, I wanted to invite you to a little fun. My friend, co-author, and co-host, Cheri Gregory, designed an amazing website for our new book, Exhale. On it she included a personality quiz that she … [Read more...] about A Little Fun for You!
Make sure to enter to win a great giveaway today at the end of this post! Have you ever been in a situation when someone hands you their plate of trash? In other words, they try to make you responsible for their lack of planning, emotional baggage, or work load. I talk more about that in today's devotion "I Believe This is Your Plate of Trash," … [Read more...] about What to Do When Someone Hands You Their Trash
Recently I was sitting in a meeting, working hard not to squirm in my seat. The views being expressed felt harsh and personal. The words pouring out of a new friend's mouth seemed like an attack, and I wanted to defend. To explain. To argue. But I didn't do any of those things, because I'm working hard to live out our lessons about listening Those … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Busting Up Your Echo Chamber
Well, friends, it's been a cra-cra week, so there's no new blog post. The last post in the "Listen" series will be next week. Stay tuned! And could I ask you to pray? This weekend is my youngest son's graduation (YAY!), and he gets married in two weeks (even bigger YAAAAAY!). Two weeks after that is the launch of Exhale, my new book co-authored … [Read more...] about And the Winners Are…
At no additional cost to you, there are affiliate links in this post to help defray the cost of website maintenance. Click here for full disclosure. The last in our series of guest posts about listening comes from Lori Stanley Roeleveld, and it packs a truth-punch! In this excerpt from her new book The Art of Hard Conversations, Lori shows us the … [Read more...] about Are Your Words Grounded and Timed in Love?
At no additional cost to you, there are affiliate links in this post to help defray the cost of website maintenance. Click here for full disclosure. When my friend Rachel Britton, author of Tough to Love: How to Find Peace in Difficult Relationships sent me this post for you, I was delighted. Rachel gives us such a powerful but counter-intuitive … [Read more...] about How to Listen to that Difficult Person in Your Life
Wow. Your response to the series on listening has been amazing. I've read every comment, email, and social media post that you've sent, and I'm encouraged. We're in this together! But I'm certainly new to this, and I'm learning from so many others. In the upcoming weeks, I'm going to let you listen (see how I did that?) to some other voices with … [Read more...] about The Dance Between Speaking and Listening
At no additional expense to you, there are affiliate links included in this post to help defray the cost of website maintenance. Click here for my disclosure. Also, hang on to the end for a giveaway! Do your kids play video games? If so, you may know about the concept of powering up. In my devotion today "The Unexpected Power of … [Read more...] about How to Level Up Instead of Powering Down
It was an awkward moment. Minutes before, my son's friend was being nasty about his sunglasses, insulting his funky taste. When I encouraged words laced with the fruit of the Spirit, I got a sassy reply. "Truth is one of the fruits of the Spirit." Because I wanted to diffuse the tense atmosphere, I just moved on, but I've thought about that … [Read more...] about The Trouble with Touting Our Truth
Several weeks ago, I was working on a project, and I craved some feedback. My husband Barry is always a willing victim participant, so I ran my questions by him. And then I pretended to listen. "I need your marketing brain. Which of these sentence do you think works better?" I queried. "Are there any words you have trouble with? If there are, … [Read more...] about How to Listen If You Don’t Want People to Talk