Find joy today

Chin Tilted Down? Read this.

My mom came to visit us before Christmas. We had an amazing, sweet visit. One of the things she wanted to do was to take our kids shopping. She gave them a budget, and then came along to see what each would choose. Our youngest, Julia, wanted makeup. So off to Ulta they went.

The saleswoman patiently helped Julia pick out what she wanted. One of the items was for covering up circles under your eyes. (I suffer from this too). The woman looked at Julia and said, “I want you to look at me.”

Julia…

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Burdened? Fight back with JOY.

I don’t always fight back with joy.

But my dear friend Twilla did. Every single day of her cancer-ridden life, she found joy. And it changed me. It still does. I had the opportunity to spend some time in her home this last weekend. Her husband Johnny graciously allowed a passel of writers to congregate there. In the midst of creativity brainstorms, I remembered her feisty joy.

My friend Margaret also battled cancer, and she learned the power of uncovering joy in the pain. She was brave and strong (even though she’d probably…

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We Praise the Shimmery

I looked at my bank statement today and got that weird panicky feeling again. It’s silly, I know. God has this, right? But again, I worry. And then I commit the sin of Facebook, looking at all the shiny people doing all the shiny things–becoming wildly successful, living their best lives on the stage of social media.

And I want to give up.

And I’m so dang tired.

But there’s something deeper than that for me. Something beyond the quitting, the fatigue.

It’s that this crazy world praises the shimmery. It flocks to the flashy. It idolizes its idols….

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Do you yell at yourself?

I woke up this morning with that sickly feeling of regret, of shame.

And then I wallowed in it, nursed the words, called myself names.

Can you relate? Have you ever abused your mind and heart this way?

Here’s the silly thing, honestly. It was about a purchase I regretted that cost $70.72. A lot of money, but not enough to berate myself relentlessly about. (Besides, there is a remedy. It’s called TAKE IT BACK). But that’s not the point. The point is what goes on in my head after regret.

Words like, how could you? Why did you…

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Recap of 2014

2014 was a good year, workwise, but also frustrating and confusing. I did manage to finish three books, self-publish one (Not Marked), release some audio and ebooks, and speak a lot. As I settle in to rest these next two weeks, I’ll be taking inventory, praying, reading Scripture, and talking to wise people to discern what is next. I already know my word for next year will be TRUST. (Scary word).

I’m grateful for a new-to-me car, three kids who love me, a husband who thinks I’m pretty, and legs that run (well, er, jog). I’m…

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Please vote on a new cover!

I would really appreciate your help this week. I’ll have another post tomorrow with three other covers (for another book). Would you be so kind as to vote on a cover? Just tell me what you like in the comments. Thanks!

This is for my ebook Live Uncaged, which will replace my current cover on Amazon. It’s a shorter book about how to live the uncaged, freedom-infused life you’ve always wanted.

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Misfitten Me

When she craned her neck just so and smirked, I shuddered. It was a look I knew, a comical disdain. “I think it’s cute that you put eyeliner all the way around your eyes. No one really does that.”

I shrunk into myself. The scene? Backstage at a restaurant I worked in during college. The girl? A with-it waitress who personified cool to me. To have her backhandedly “compliment” me stung.

That night, I went home and stared in the mirror. I had no idea what I did with my eyeliner was wrong. And…

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The Best Ever Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

I’m really excited about sharing my favorite books from the last year. My hope is that some of these gems you haven’t heard of yet, and I get the supreme privilege of introducing you to them. So, shake hands with awesome books, friends!

If you’re interested in the book, simply click the book cover.

Business Books:

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Darth Vader Day-at-a-glance Moleskine calendar. OK, so this isn’t technically a book one would read, but it is one that will help take your business to the next level in terms of organization….

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Grab Your Free Copy before It’s Not Free

Tomorrow is the last day to get your free copy of Watching the Tree Limbs.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app to your computer, phone, or e reading device.

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It’s my sincere prayer that this book would show you the depths of God’s love, reveal the lengths He goes to redeem even the smallest, broken person, and provide a compelling, middle-of-the-night read.

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Crazy Fun Gift Idea: My Words as Art!

Just a quick note to say I’m so excited about seeing my words as art from Red Letter Words. How fun is this sign? You can order it in black, coral, or turquoise (as shown) in two different sizes.

Now the question becomes: Can I live up to these words? Can I (you) learn to be settled in God’s audacious love? Can we believe finally that we have worth? Maybe this sign can serve as a reminder for you or your BFF or your Aunt Mae.

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