Just Like My Father

One of my favorite tactics when my mother asks me to come home and do something is to quote the Bible.  "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family."  That's Matthew 13:57 (NLT).  It basically reinforces the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt.  Regardless of the books and movies I write or the hundreds of conferences and events where I am invited to speak, in my hometown I'm just me. I'm the daughter, sister, cousin, niece or childhood friend that … [Read More...]


Do Not Give Up On God

In a time when our self-image and self-worth are challenged daily by social media highlight reels of people who seem to lead perfect, adventurous, … [Read More...]


Two Tips for Two Thousand Decisions

Psychology Today suggests that we make about two thousand decisions an hour. Can you imagine if you prayed over every decision during the day. Your prayer life would be Ah-mazing…and you could blame God for any mistakes along the way. Woot! The reality is that we don’t pray about each one of those two thousand […]


Hanging On To Stay Connected

"For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."  -- John 15:4     … [Read More...]

Cancel Your Trip to Perfection

The old folks used to say "I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be."  In this age of self-help obsession, many of us have bought tickets and packed our bags for the journey. Last stop....Perfection.  We say "nobody's perfect," but secretly, people actually think … [Read More...]

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

I recently had a very special experience at the movies with my own private screening of Unbroken: Path to Redemption.  When I walked into the theater and realized I'd be the only one at the 11:15 am showing, I nestled in full of anticipation and excitement for the emotional journey ahead.  It was a … [Read More...]

The Balance Between I AM and Me.

Recently, I was asked a pointed question:  "Did you become a writer so you could hide behind your computer?" Without thought, I spouted, "Yeah, probably." You know the kid that was always picked last in school?  Yeah, that wasn't me.  I'm the girl … [Read More...]