Breakups Are Hard

Last night I was minding my business, prepping for some pieces of the first session of our church's women's conference. I had a quick moment to myself and decided to check my email. I shouldn't have done it, it wasn't a good time for email but that little red badge icon was poking at my OCD and so I opened the app. Then I really wished I had waited until later. At the top of my inbox was a message from my publisher. Thinking it was a standard house keeping announcement, nothing major, I began to read the email only to find out that said publisher was closing its doors. That's right, at the worst moment on this particular Friday night my heart stopped for a brief second as I tried to take in

The Imperfect Parent's Guide to Parenting

I am far from a perfect parent. (Thus the title of this little post.) I am sure there are things I do well. The days when I am full of grace and patience feel drowned by the days that I am the monster roaring 'don't make a mess'. So, maybe I am just too hard on myself and maybe I am the last person who should be writing advice on parenting. But in the spirit of living this year on purpose I have been taking a lot of time to assess myself in every area including being a mom. I think about what I want my kids to be; not doctors or rock star astronauts but happy, responsible, kind, passionate daughters of God. I don't know fully what it's going to look like getting them to that end but here are

#LiveBeautiful

Ever since I heard about Tabitha’s hashtag, #LiveChosen, I’ve been a huge fan of it. Why? Because it reminds me so much of my own, #loveyourself and #youarebeautiful. I know you’re wondering how that’s possible. It is strange, but to me, they interconnect. I even joked with Tabitha about a #livebeautiful hashtag to connect them. Let me explain my hashtags for a moment. #youarebeautiful and #loveyourself came about because of my novel, Entertaining Angels. I wanted to show people that they were beautiful and loved just as they are. You don’t have to conform to society’s standard of beauty to be beautiful. You’re just beautiful. God created you as you were, and He loves you no matter what. Tha

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