Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Forward to 2014!

Hello and Happy New Year to you!

I’m packing away all the memories and experiences of 2013 and embracing 2014 with both arms! I’m excited for the future and for all the ways God will spiritually grow me in the coming year.

Speaking of looking forward to the future…I just have to share what a blessing it is to work with the amazing group of ladies who contribute to CW Voice Magazine. We wouldn't even have a magazine if these sweet ladies hadn't been willing to take that leap of faith and join me in my mission to encourage women for Christ through this project.

Our new January/February issue will be out in a few days and once again, they have each shared their hearts in such beautiful ways. I just want to take a minute and share the love by encouraging you to stop by and visit the blogs of these very special women. I’m so proud of each of them and the many, many ways they allow themselves to be used by our amazing God. 

I'd like you to meet the ladies of Christian Women's Voice Magazine!

Robin Prater is a writer and book reviewer. She shares her heart at her blog, Robin’s Nest:
http://robinsnest66.blogspot.com/ She is currently working on her first novel. She is the wife to the man who stole her heart twenty-one years ago, mother to three blessed children and Nanny to two of the most beautiful grandbabies in the world.

Nancy Sullivan enjoys writing about life’s simple pleasures of faith, family and friends. You can visit her at her blog,
A Softer Voice,

Christine Wright, visionary behind www.Godsizeddreams.com, has a heart for broken women who find it impossible to believe God has a dream for them. Christine has walked a grief-filled road and believes the places her own heart has broken, are the places she can best help others. She is married to Mr. Wright and has four children, ages 17, 14, 8 and 3. If ever forced to choose a favorite between coffee and hairspray, she’s not sure which one would win. Christine blogs at: www.livingjoel225.com

Kim Wolf is a wife and home-schooling mom. She is a writer/reviewer and speaker. She shares tips from the kitchen and the art of frugal living. Drop by and visit her blog, Marmee’s Pantry at:

Heidi Avery is a wife and stay-at-home home-schooling mom. She is most passionate about Jesus and flowing out of that passion is a deep desire to write and encourage others. She is also co-founder of Mothers on Mission Ministries. Visit her at:

Kelli Zaniel is a simple country girl from Marietta Georgia. She and her family have resided in Reno for the past ten years. She is co-founder of Mothers On Mission Ministries, the Castaway Motel Ministry, and is a free-lance writer. She struggles to keep goldfish and hamsters alive, put a balanced meal on the table, and raise godly girls in the midst of a crazy, messy world. Kelli feels like everyday life is a success if she can get through the day having spent time with the Lord, had a laugh with one of her kids, found a matching pair of socks, had clean underwear in her husband’s drawer, and made a stranger smile. mothersonmission.org

Dr. Rita Hancock is a Pain Management Specialist who practices in Norman, Oklahoma. She is also a Christian and regularly counsels patients on emotional and spiritual issues that relate to her patients’ pain and overall well-being. Visit Dr. Rita at:

I am Bethany Learn, fitness instructor, I taught pilates and yoga and step and cycling all through my pregnancies, but it wasn’t until later when I realized I had a diastasis recti that wouldn’t go away that I also realized I may have hurt myself. My births were strong, and my body was strong, but my belly was blown apart. Armed with the information and research that I’ve been tracking down for the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve created a whole website full of family-friendly routines that are TummySafe™ for those with who have healed from or who are struggling with abdominal trauma. Check out fit2b.com today!

Pamela Johnson and her husband, Jason, have 3 grown children. They work together in their construction business and she’s a Certified Health Coach for Take Shape for Life. Visit her at: Take Shape for Life, www.pamjohnson.tsfl.com

Kimberly Lomont is a wife of more than 25 years and a mother to her grown children. She resides in New Bern, NC, and enjoys the blessing of time spent in the garden. She blogs at Garden of Secrets:

I wish you every blessing in the coming year, sweet friend.

Friday, December 20, 2013

When You're Hanging by a Thread

'Whimsical christmas ornaments!' photo (c) 2011, Faylyne - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I pulled the ribbon tight into a bow and placed the package beneath the tree.
That’s when I saw the little ballerina ornament, delicate and suspended by her life-line among the branches…and I thought of you.
Wondering how you’re holding up in this final countdown to Christmas.
Seems everyone these days is carrying so much inside. So much “stuff” standing between them and the true joy of the season; death, divorce, illness, loss, financial hardship and more. Sometimes all we have to offer is prayer to stretch across those lonely miles to comfort an aching heart.
And prayer…is enough.

When the whole season has been unwrapped and the remnants are left lying in messy heaps on the floor…when our bellies are full of feast and festivities and we’ve sung every last carol until we’re humming them in our sleep……when we’ve finally checked off every task from our many lists and reminders and the holiday specials turn their focus from Frosty and Rudolph to the New Year…when the last little one is sleeping peacefully and the tree lights are unplugged for another year….
we’re still left with our life line.
When we’re dangling by a thread of what’s left of us, the Word of God is what keeps us from falling and crumbling into something unrecognizable.
Jesus is the life-line that sustains us, keeps us afloat and whole.
His comfort, His unending love and power to save and transform…His grace and mercies…remain.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our
God endures forever."
(Isaiah 40:8 NIV)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, dear friend.
Let Jesus be your life-line today and always.
Many Blessings,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Falling in Love...Again

Well, here’s a little fun fact: One of my favorite shows is House Hunters (on HGTV). I especially love House Hunters International, mainly because it’s on each day during my lunch time (after Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond) and I love to imagine myself in some of the far-off exotic places they feature.
A recent episode led a family of 4 to a quaint seaside duplex; a sweet and simple, humble home not big on light or space. Yet somehow, the cozy structure just spoke to me with its slanted ceilings and cute dormer windows. I imagined the warm glow of candlelight and festive greenery in the little window ledges at Christmas and could almost smell bread baking in the modest kitchen.
But what really caught my eye was a little out-of-the-way nook next to a window; still close enough to the fireplace, it was the perfect spot for a small writing desk, a fleecy throw blanket, a cup of coffee and endless hours of pouring one’s thoughts onto paper.
The perfect spot to reconnect with my love of writing.
Many, many things (including some wonderful, treasured friendships) have stemmed from my love of writing (7-8 years of blogging, freelance articles, my book, magazine publishing for the past 2 years and now my newspaper column). Though it’s become such a “public” thing, I never want to lose sight of the fact that it’s very personal to me. Whether the thoughts flow freely or I bleed out each word 1 at a time, they are the words of my heart.
I just want to encourage you today to reconnect with your passion. In this crazy, busy world of fast talking, fast driving and fast living…I pray you’ll take the time to nurture the dreams, gifts and passions God has given you.
  1. Fall in love again with the things that make your heart sing; with the people and activities that bring you the most joy.
  2. In the middle of ALL you do for others, carve out little moments of time for what’s important to you – you’ll be a happier you.
  3. If/when you become bogged down with the stuff of life, reach out to the body of Christ and ask for prayer! Let’s be available to lift each other up.
  4. Make time for God’s Word. A few moments spent in His presence has a way of clearing away the mind clutter.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion  until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Phil. 1:6 NIV)

Be blessed, sweet friend.
And as always, thank you for stopping by,


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