I am so excited to welcome Mandy Fender on the blog today to talk about #LiveChosen and to introduce us to her latest release, Conqueror! First, I want to say that I am so excited to be a part of the #LiveChosen blog. I have followed it for a while and have been encouraged every time I’ve read it! Now, to be a part of it is amazing and I hope to encourage others like I have been encouraged! It has always been my heart to be tactfully transparent, meaning that I share the vulnerable places of my life—my struggles, my fears—in the hopes that I will be able to shine a light on the One who sees me through them. So, now, here’s the fun part…my raw confession. All of my life, I have had this need

Finding My Identity In Christ

God, I don’t understand? Why me? I had been a Christian for about ten years. Many women of faith had poured their hearts into me to help me grow, and it was taking way too long for my perfectionist self. For ten years, the pot had been boiling, and it was finally boiling over. I couldn’t understand why God had chosen me and poured the lives of so many spiritual women into me, all for so little return. Why would He do this? What was in it for Him? I didn’t realize then that even though I thought I was finding my identity in Christ, I was really finding it in the world. All my life I had been exposed to humanist thinking. The well-meaning people around me had told me how unique and special I

3 Books You Think Everyone Should Read- Book Lover's Blog Hop

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Has a book shattered your world? Has it changed you, broken you, fixed you, opened your eyes or your heart? Books can expand our horizons and take us on adventures and speak truth and sometimes it is all so lovely and beautiful and overwhelming that we have to share it, we need others to share in the experience. Here are the books myself, and some other author friends, feel all living humans should read. (No pressure though, Only add them to your

A Prayer For My Daughters

Dear Heavenly Father, Sometimes I wonder why you entrusted me with these two wondrous girls. I feel like I fail them daily. My own selfishness lashes out and wounds their tender hearts. I am far from the picture of the mother I think they deserve. But I am grateful to be their mother. I am honored to have been given the gift of raising these two beautiful souls. Help me. Help me to give them grace so they will understand and accept Your grace. Help me to teach them strength and courage in a world that will try to tame their wild hearts, steal their joy and destroy their faith in You. Help me to show them their beauty and value is found in You so that no person will ever be able to make them

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