The Jesse Tree

Someone asked in the comments yesterday about the Jesse Tree, which made me very happy because I assumed I was the last person on the planet to adopt the tradition. A Jesse Tree is a way of celebrating the Advent season based on Isaiah 11:1-2: "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and … [Read more...]

Loving Well Winner!

We hope y'all had a Happy Thanksgiving filled with plenty of food, friends and family. Thanks so much for participating in the "Loving Well" Retreat Kit in a Box giveaway and don't forget that we have another great giveaway coming up next week! The winner is: Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 69 Timestamp: 2008-11-28 17:47:39 UTC Congratulations to Megan at Rapp Family … [Read more...]

This is gonna be good!

Jennifer Rothschild is one of our LifeWay Women and we've got something coming down the pike early February you'll all want to check out. She's already written two other LifeWay Bible Studies. This study is based on her trade book, Self Talk/Soul Talk. Jennifer's been on Good Morning America. We love her! Stay tuned for more. Create Your Own … [Read more...]


Okay y'all are the best. In fact, I laughed several times as I read over all your funny entries in last week's caption contest. And the scripture references were impressive. However, after much deliberation, Sophie and I decided our favorite was "High and Lifted Up". Because really, isn't that every woman's goal for her hair and her life in Christ? Two women actually submitted the suggestion, so … [Read more...]

It’s contest time


There is nothing we like more than giving y'all the chance to win some cool stuff, so it's time for another caption contest. We had so much fun reading all of your suggestions last time that we knew we wanted to make it a regular feature. After I got home from my trip to Nashville, I emailed a couple of different pictures to Sophie so that we could decide which one was begging to be captioned. … [Read more...]

And the winner is…

Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 127 Timestamp: 2008-09-27 18:07:21 UTC The winner is Colleen who left the 127th comment! Congratulations, Colleen! You can email me your mailing address at and I'll get your Return to the Garden DVD study in the mail on Monday! Thanks for playing, everybody. We'll be doing many more giveaways in the future! Have a great … [Read more...]

Ask the LifeWay team

Yesterday Melanie and I had a conference call with some of the women you see over in the sidebar to your right: Pam, Kris and Paige. All three of them - along with Dawn, who's also over there to your right - work in the women's ministry division at LifeWay, and every single time I talk with them, I am AMAZED by how much they have on their work-related plates. In fact, yesterday I pretty much … [Read more...]

Ask and ye shall receive

Okay, we had so much fun with the caption contest! It served to confirm what we already knew, which is that the best part of Allaccess is your input. I mean, clearly, I can just blah, blah, blah all day long but, like my husband keeps telling me, it gets tiresome after a while. So here's your chance to contribute to what we're doing here. Travis Cottrell has agreed, after only small amounts of … [Read more...]

Pictures! We have them!


So I meant to post pictures from Living Proof Live in San Antonio as soon as I got home, but I accidentally left my camera at the Siesta Fiesta pajama party Saturday night, and oddly enough it is somewhat difficult to upload your pictures when you live in Alabama and your camera went home with a bloggy friend who lives in a different state (thanks, Kim, for finding it and sending it to … [Read more...]

My life is not left to chance

So, a confession: living in the moment - taking life day-by-day - can be a HUGE battle for me. There are times when I wrestle with fear and worry like nobody's business. And when I slip into that spiral, I can spend hours bogged down in mistakes I made when I was younger, grieving the extent to which I looked my depravity dead in the eyes and pretty much said, "OH, BRING IT" when I was in my early … [Read more...]