A few years ago, our family decided to have our Easter lunch at my Mama’s house, just like we used to do when we were growing up. Church commitments had kept my siblings, cousins, and me at our respective houses for several years in a row, but that year we determined that instead of trying to convince my Mama why she shouldn’t go to any trouble for all of us, we’d just shut our collective mouths … [Read more...]

  “…the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:10) “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2b) Atlantic City, New Jersey is well known for its casinos to be sure. But did you know that it is also the home of the Miss America Pageant and has been since 1921? The city is also the home of the world … [Read more...]

Because it’s the 20th Anniversary of LifeWay Women’s partnership with Beth Moore, we thought it would be a great opportunity to ask her some questions. And we’d love to share her answers with you! This is part two of a three-part series. Click here to see Part 1. Was there a turning point in your spiritual journey?  The huge turning point in my spiritual journey was at 27 when I took my … [Read more...]

  Because it's the 20th Anniversary of LifeWay Women's partnership with Beth Moore, we thought it would be a great opportunity to ask her some questions. And we'd love to share her answers with you! This will be part one of a three-part series. On Marriage & Family What's your #1 marriage advice? Be willing to fall back in love again. And again. And again. And again. And … [Read more...]

“And His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious” Seattle is known for the Space Needle, Microsoft, Starbucks, and, well, rain. But after this weekend at Living Proof Live in Seattle there are those who also know it as a place of awakening to the Holy Spirit and a place to find rest in God. When Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 he had a purpose in landing. He would become the first person to … [Read more...]

  “What are you talking about?” “Just this book we are reading.” “Really? What is the book? You know I’m always reading something! Maybe I’d like it.” “Uh…no, you probably wouldn’t.” After a pause, “It’s not the kind of book we normally read, but we’ve heard so many people talking about it.” After a moment of hesitation, my friends went on to tell me about Fifty Shades of Grey, … [Read more...]

Opening your door means that there is something inside worth inviting someone in to see and experience. Opening your door means that you don’t desire to keep it all for yourself but that sharing with others is a priority. True hospitality isn’t only sharing with others who are like you, but also with others who need you. While we should always be ready to open our doors for traveling missionaries, … [Read more...]

You want the skinny on resolutions? 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions and a mere 8% of us are successful in achieving our resolutions. Terrible odds, I say. Several years ago the girls in my small group taught me a new approach to resolutions. Instead of making a resolution, we chose a word for our year. While we enjoyed giving vision to our year—the year of freedom or … [Read more...]

  I WAS TRAINED to write thank-you notes. Whenever someone gave me a gift or showed me an act of kindness, my mother would sit me down and watch me as I wrote my thank-you note. The penmanship had to be up to standard; the wording was precise and sincere. Now, if someone gives me a gift, I can’t enjoy it until I sit down and write a thank-you note. Recently, my mom came to Nashville for … [Read more...]

I recently wrote about spiritual warfare in a leaders life.  You can read that post here. Today’s guest blogger is Leighann McCoy. She knows about spiritual warfare and has written about it as well. Listen to her wise advice to us as we journey through the battles in the power of Christ! When your loved ones lose their way, when they take a detour away from God's best for their lives and … [Read more...]