Archives for March 2013

Getting Better at Handling Anger … and Then Even Better Yet

I’ve been a mom for 23 years, and for the first five of those years I had moments when I struggled to control my anger. While I was growing up, my stepdad would go from straight-faced to slap-you-on-the-side-of-the-head-angry in 15 seconds flat. I found myself repeating that cycle. Most of the time I’d deal with my children’s disobedience in a peaceful manner, and then something small would push me over the edge. I wouldn’t hit, but flicks to the shoulder, {Read More}

Strength and Discipline in Parenting

Over the next few weeks leading up to the release of Lead Your Family Like Jesus, Phil Hodges, one of my co-authors, and I are answering questions that my amazing launch team queried us with. I hope you can learn from some of our answers. Parenting is a constant learning process, and I hope you’ll be encouraged in what you read. Oh, and on April 16, join me and my friend Tracey Eyster for a LIVE webcast! We’ll be talking about {Read More}

Banning the Easter Bunny

Hop. Hop. Hop. An Easter bunny hops into the room. She carries a basket with eggs in her hands. She wears a forced smile. Take a look closer. Her lower lip trembles. Tears well up in her eyes. “What’s wrong?” you dare to ask. The words erupt with tears and snot. “I’m a fake! I’m a fraud! I try to do my part, but Easter is not about me!” This scene is a skit we’ve done in children’s church more {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Lesli Westfall

My writing space varies from room to room. I don’t like to always stay in the same spot. This is in my husband’s office, his editing studio. I have my Bible. The two computer screens help when looking up various scriptures or grammar rules. Rough draft notes for an upcoming conference. My accordion file, which is dubbed the “brain dump” file. I dig through it finding inspiration, quotes, and what have you to add to blog posts, teachings, or speeches {Read More}

Join Me in Studying God’s Word! Living & Leading Like Jesus

Today I started blogging over a Good Morning Girls! I connected with those amazing ladies at the Allume conference, and I’m so blessed to encourage parents on simple ways they can live and lead like Jesus. You can read my first blog post here. Today at GMG we’re studying Luke 9:10-20. And this is what I got out of it. Jesus takes you places . . . and teaches you how to lead. When we follow Jesus, He takes us {Read More}

This Week on Living Inspired: Kim de Blecourt and Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker

To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen. Thursday at 3:00 pm Central. This week on Living Inspired I’ll be chatting with Kim de Blecourt and the second half of the show I’ll chat with Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker! Kim de Blecourt is author of a different kind of love story. In Until We All Come Home (FaithWords 2012) tells of Kim’s harrowing story of her year-long {Read More}

I Flew to Focus on the Family to Talk About Parenting … and God Surprised Us With Two New Kids!

Today you can hear my radio broadcast on Focus on the Family! I loved being there with my co-authors Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. They were awesome in the studio, and I had a great time inserting practical applications with their awesome wisdom.   Other fun behind-the-scenes stuff: -Meetings with editors, marketing people, and ministry leaders -Video shoots to talk about the book -Dinner with my co-authors … and of course time in the studio taping these broadcasts!   And while {Read More}

Simple Homeschooling

When I first started homeschooling my three kids (ages six, three, and one) in 1995, I thought my life from that moment would always be about homeschooling. I pictured all of my time (or at least most of it) shaping my children’s education. I scheduled my day in 15-minute increments and did my best to stick to it. What I didn’t know was that over the years God would call me to follow my own dreams. What I also didn’t {Read More}

Podcast for Living Inspired: Matthew Sleeth and Kristin Schell

Check below to see if you were the winner of Matthew Sleeth’s 24/6! Listen to Matthew’s interview here “Matthew Sleeth has crafted a compelling invitation to consider and participate in Sabbath keeping, an invitation that is, in my experience, without peer.” —Eugene H. Peterson, author of The Message Purchase your copy of 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life Listen to Kristin’s interview here (will play following Matthew’s) Get the full 52 Sunday Suppers story herea Rafflecopter giveaway

Revolutionary Parenting | A Q&A with Tricia Goyer and Phil Hodges

Over the next few weeks leading up to the release of Lead Your Family Like Jesus, Phil Hodges, one of my co-authors, and I are going to be answering questions that my amazing launch team queried us with. I hope you can learn from some of our answers. Parenting is a constant learning process, and I hope you’ll be encouraged in what you read. Oh, and on April 16, join me and my friend Tracey Eyster for a LIVE webcast! We’ll {Read More}

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