Creating the Day You Want to Wake Up To!

I don’t know about you, but there’s a few things I don’t want to wake up to. A dirty kitchen is one. Piles of laundry is another. Then there is the day packed to the rim with things I have to do. Not fun things. Days like that are never fun. It’s even harder when I’m dragging my kids along with me. I’ve had many days like this. I wake up with all the things I have to do in {Read More}

Encouragement for 2017

Another year has come and gone (perhaps a little too quickly). Maybe you are feeling discouraged reflecting on the year and all the things you didn’t get to do or achieve. If this describes your current mood or if you’ve ever had one of those days (months, years) when you feel like quitting, then read on! I came across these “fun facts” from Sharon Jaynes. Just think if these people had given up after feeling discouraged. Isaac Newton did poorly in {Read More}

The Rest is His Story

Listen to my interview on Heroes for Her podcast and read a blurb about the interview below! Seven daughters. Yeah, you heard that right. I felt my heart drop when Tricia Goyer reminded me that she has seven, not six, daughters. Six are adopted, and she has one biological daughter. My heart hit the floor as I imagined myself trying to juggle all of that. Raised by a teen mother before her mom married her stepdad, Tricia never really knew the {Read More}

Overcoming the Fear in Your Past

“I have screwed up big time. If you can do anything with my life, please do.” That was the eloquent prayer I prayed in the early months of 1989. I was 17 and pregnant. I had dropped out of regular high school. My boyfriend was out of the picture. My friends were going on with their senior year. I was depressed. I was without hope. I slept in until noon and watched soap operas, and I was pretty sure my {Read More}

How Growing Your Dreams Helps Your Kids Grow Theirs

As a mom of ten kids I hear a lot of dreams. “I want to be a firefighter.” “I’m going to be a fashion designer.” “I’m going to write kids’ books!” When kids are little dreaming big comes naturally. Yet as they get older they are discouraged. They realize dreaming means doing … and doing means hard work! So how do we encourage our kids to keep dreaming? By following our own dreams! It’s then we become a first hand {Read More}

How to Balance Growing Your Dreams While Tending Your Kids

Dreams Do you have dreams and talents that you’d like to see develop? Have you always wanted to write a book, or host radio show, or run your own business but you are waiting until “after”? After the kids start school. After the youngest graduates. After life slows down. Dreams fulfilled all start with seeds, and they only grow when planted. When I was 22-years-old, I decided I wanted to become a published author. The desire was there and the {Read More}

Still praying for that future husband? Don’t give up!

Are you still praying for a husband? Do you feel like giving up? Maybe you started praying in your teens and you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s now. Perhaps you’ve started to believe that your prayers are doing NOTHING. Sometimes it may seem like that’s true, but it’s not. Your prayers are working … but in ways you may not see for years and years to come. Your prayers are working, but in ways you may not see for {Read More}

Never Say No | 5 Ways to Say Yes to your Kids {By Mark & Jan Foreman}

At a local cafe with a half dozen young leaders, Mark Foreman was recently asked, “Give us one nugget of parenting advice before you go.” “Okay,” he responded, “Try out this one: Never say no.” The room erupted with laughter, as the dad looking for help reacted, “You are kidding right? That’s all I ever say–and my son needs one thousand more no’s.” “No I’m not kidding,” Mark quietly responded. “Never say no to all the dreams and creative ideas {Read More}

Do You Dare? | Trusting God with Your Past, Present, & Future

“I have screwed up big time. If you can do anything with my life, please do.” That was the eloquent prayer I prayed in the early months of 1989. I was 17 and pregnant. I had dropped out of regular high school. My boyfriend was out of the picture. My friends were going on with their senior year. I was depressed. I was without hope. I slept in until noon and watched soap operas, and I was pretty sure my {Read More}

Relinquish … Give Your Dreams to God

I was thinking about it yesterday, and I’ve had constant book contracts since 2002. That means constant book deadlines since 2002! This, friends, is the grace of God. It’s nothing I could have done without Him … I don’t even want to try! When I attended my first writer’s conference, I was 22 years old and pregnant with my third child. I had big dreams of being a “Christian author.” According to the world’s standards, there is no explanation for {Read More}

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