Archives for November 2017

My One Decision That Changed Everything

My One Decision That Changed Everything an Excerpt from Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at A Time In everyone’s story comes a defining moment when life takes a turn. I didn’t see the twist coming, and looking back it almost seems too ordinary an event to be considered “the moment.” But as I ponder all that has happened since then, I have no doubt that everything changed one quiet, early morning in 1999—the {Read More}

Writer Wednesday: Amy Clipston

Congratulations to the following winners:  Jackie Smith for winning a copy of Perennials! Michelle Cefalu for winning a copy of Talking to Jesus! Stephanie Halcomb for winning a copy of Give Your Kids a Break! Winners, please e-mail your mailing address to my assistant Christen ( Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Amy Clipston’s A Place at Our Table or An Amish Christmas Love! What was your favorite book as a child? I would have to {Read More}

When Your Child Needs To Apologize | Amber Lia

(This article is taken from excerpts in best-selling author, Amber Lia’s, new book, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New!) Have you ever been in public and told your child to apologize to another child, only to see your son or daughter’s lips tighten all the more? Uncomfortable, isn’t it? In those moments, we stand there, helpless and, mortified. In our home, the need for forgiveness is as common as mealtimes. The cycle of offense and {Read More}

#WALKITOUT 003: Janet McHenry

My guest for #WALKITOUT 003 is Janet McHenry. Janet McHenry is a speaker and the author of 21 books, including her best-selling PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Disciple, as well as five others on prayer. She literally walks it out in her small town in the Sierra Valley in northern California, where she walks and prays for the people, businesses, local government agencies, and schools. A retired high school English teacher, Janet says she and her rancher husband {Read More}

3 Ways Children Teach Us How to Pray | Kari Patterson

As I type these words, my daughter is snuggled up next to me with her head resting on my stomach. She’s been mostly quiet, but throughout the past few minutes she’s softly spoken a thought: “I loved seeing the ducks today.” A question: “When am I going to Madison’s house?” A praise: “I love you, Mommy. You’re the best mommy in the world.” In just minutes she has shared her heart, sought clarity about the future, and expressed authentic praise—sounds {Read More}

#WALKITOUT 002: Teri Lynne Underwood

My guest for #WALKITOUT 002 is Teri Lynne Underwood. Teri is a pastor’s wife and girl mom. She loves words and coffee. Believes in lopsided living and dwelling in grace. She’s the author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They need Most. I hope you enjoy this episode with Teri Lynne Underwood! You can listen to the show below! And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Links from the show Life Interrupted (now {Read More}

You’ve Changed! {Three GOOD habits to overcome the BAD habits that plague you}

I’m glad we’re friends now, but you might not have felt the same if we would have met when I was in high school. I wasn’t following God. I was very much into my boyfriend. I cussed and watched horrible movies. I even got into a fist fight. (Okay, the truth was I got into two.) I’m not proud of the person I was, and I have to admit it wasn’t easy to change. Even after I became a Christian {Read More}

The Star: A Joyful and Thoughtful Telling of the Christmas Story that Families Will Love

My Review of The Star: A Joyful and Thoughtful Telling of the Christmas Story that Families Will Love THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6, 2018 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A few years ago I decided to lead a devotional for our teen mom support group around the Christmas story. I wanted to share about the wisemen who followed the star. My desire was to {Read More}

#WALKITOUT 001: Maria Goyer

My guest for #WALKITOUT 001 is my daughter Maria Goyer. John and I met Maria two and a half years ago when we were interested in adopting a sibling group from foster care. Maria is the oldest of the four girls that we adopted. She has been such a blessing in our lives. She is our scientist artist girl, so she will take things apart, put them back together, and design stuff, draw pictures and create stuff. We are super proud {Read More}

Parents be Compassionate with Yourself | Kim Fredrickson

Why it is Important for Parents to be Compassionate with Themselves Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 We’re Not Perfect We are all imperfect parents with imperfect children. We all deserve compassion, parents and children alike. {Read More}

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