“Lady, what are you afraid of?”

Do you battle fear? Many people do and don't even realize it. I have recently picked up an old classic and it has blessed me beyond measure. If you haven't read Hinds Feet in High Places, I highly recommend it. There's even has a devotional out now based on the book. The story's main character, Much-Afraid, is someone we all can relate to in one way or another. She is afraid of many things. I have been blessed reading this and cannot recommend it enough. It is enriched with scripture throughout. This past week, I was in North Carolina to support a [...]

By | 2016-03-01T10:05:59+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Book Review, Christ Follower, Young Adult|1 Comment

This calls for war!

Have you seen the movie War Room yet? It released this past week and is doing quite well in the box office, ranking number 2 this weekend and bringing in an estimated $10.7M. It is proving, by it's own tagline, that prayer is a powerful weapon. As the fifth movie made by the Kendrick Brothers, War Room starred some recognizable faces in the faith community. Well known speaker, teacher, and writer, Beth Moore made a cameo appearance in the movie, while fellow speaker, teacher, writer, Priscilla Shrier, starred in the movie. When asked why she thought it was important to make a movie [...]

By | 2015-08-31T06:54:01+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Book Review, Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|4 Comments

Fallen by Annie Lobert

Are you familiar with the organization Hookers for Jesus? It is an organization started by a survivor of sex trafficking, Annie Lobert. Annie and I will both be speaking at the Take Action Against Human Trafficking conference in Tampa, Florida in November of this year. The conference is sponsored by Bishop Outreach and has a powerhouse list of presenters. Come join us. I wanted to learn what I could about the other presenters at the conference, so I ordered Annie's book, Fallen, and I'm so glad I did. I thought I'd share a little with you about the book. Annie shared [...]

Are you brave?

Do you know Annie F. Downs? She's becoming quite the big deal. She's a speaker on the Girls of Grace tour and Women of Faith. She's kind, genuine and beyond hilarious. If you haven't had the privilege of meeting her personally, you may know her from one of her amazing books, Perfectly Unique, Speak Love, or her latest release, Let's All Be Brave. I've had the privilege of knowing Annie for about fifteen years. Not only did I watch her grow up in our church, my children were blessed to have Annie invest in their lives through our youth program. I've [...]

Forgiving Forward, a great life principle!

Do you read a lot? I love to read, especially at night to unwind after a long day. I tend to read non-fiction during the day and reserve my bedtime reading for fiction. Rarely will I come across a non-fiction book that captivates me to the point I don't want to put it down and opt to read it at bedtime over fiction. Forgiving Forward by Dr. Bruce and Toni Hebel was one of those books. I started reading it one afternoon when it arrived in the mail and I hardly put it down until I finished it. I first [...]

How to mine for gold and ALWAYS find it.

Do you know a senior graduating this year? I know more than I can count. In fact, I have one in my home. The senior year of high school is filled with all sorts of firsts and lasts in life. It is also the year of the weening process, much life weening a child from breastfeeding. It is the time to push the baby bird out of the nest so he/she can fly on their own. One of the things our church does to celebrate the senior class is host a senior banquet just before graduation. It is a time [...]

Make the call! Save a life!

Did you ever read the story of the Emperor's New Clothes growing up? It's a story by Hans Christian Andersen about a king who was duped into believing he was wearing the most beautiful suit of clothes when, in fact, he was stark naked. The weavers, who promised the emperor a beautiful suit of new clothes, said these clothes would be invisible to those unfit for their positions, those who are stupid or incompetent. The tale goes on to say people didn't proclaim what they saw, or rather didn't see, out of fear for themselves. These weavers were very shrewd and [...]

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

The entrance to Auschwitz, taken by Sam Norris Have you read How Do You Kill 11 Million People? by Andy Andrews?  It is a fabulous little book you could read in about an hour.  Andrews addresses the Holocaust, the lessons we should learn from it, and the danger of repeating history is we're not careful. Andrews never states if he is Democrat or Republican, nor does he speak out about specific decisions our nation's leadership has made.  He simply wants to get the reader thinking and asking the right questions. The book intrigued me, because I see similarities between [...]

Wake Up America!

Sound the Alarm!i Do you wake up to an alarm clock? I do and when it goes off, I waste no time in waking up just to make that awful sound cease.  It's like fingernails on a chalkboard. I hate it.  There've been times I've heard that obnoxious sound in a radio or television commercial and I almost have to leave the room, because I can't stand to hear it. If I had the radio come on softly to wake me up, I'd never wake up. I'd probably assimilate the music into my dreams, if I heard it [...]

Just do it!

Do you always do what you're told to do? The first time? I remember when my children were little, we taught them how important first time obedience was and held them to that standard.  We were blessed, because they caught on quickly and rarely rebelled.  Unfortunately, God can't say the same about me. I've been asked why a suburban housewife and mother of two felt compelled to write Rescuing Hope and how I ever got into the whole human sex trafficking arena. My response is, "Not by choice."  I'd like to tell you all that I took up this cause for justice willingly, but [...]