Don’t Marry Your Dreams by Deepak Reju

December 4th, 2017

When you were a little girl, did you dream of your prince charming or fairytale wedding? As we grow into adults, sometimes we still hold onto those dreams, as unrealistic as they may be. Deepak Reju, author of She’s Got the Wrong Guy,  joins us today to encourage singles and those dating to ask the right questions and check motives when it comes to considering marriage. Be sure to grab a copy of his new release for more insight into dating.

Here’s a conversation that I’ve had on occasion. An engagement is broken off, and a young lady confesses to me or my wife about the wedding proposal:

“I was surprised when he asked me. I still wasn’t sure, but I said, ‘Yes.’”

What? If you “were not sure” you wanted to marry him, why did you say “yes” to him? Let me suggest three reasons…

The Dastardly Deception of Disney

I have three young daughters…. read more »

The Reality of Parenting by Champ Thornton

November 19th, 2017

There’s no doubt about it . . . parenting is complicated. In the midst of the wonderful busyness of raising children, Champ Thornton challenges parents to remember a simple instruction—help your children live in reality. Keep reading to find out what this looks like and how the Proverbs can help! Plus, be sure to grab of copy of Champ’s latest book, Pass It On!

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.”

This quip supposedly comes from 17th-century author John Wilmot, but most any parent could echo its sentiment. Parenting is complicated. Every child is made in the image of God, unique, and multi-faceted. The complexity grows as each additional child enters the family.  And complications multiply as the relationship between each child and every other family member also requires attention. No wonder parenting is one of the… read more »

What Happened When I Finally Opened the Gift by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

November 17th, 2017

With the holidays coming up, don’t miss out on opening the most important gifts. Lucinda Secrest McDowell joins us today to about share about the ordinary graces waiting for you each day. Plus, celebrate the release of Lucinda’s new book, Ordinary Graces,  and grace your holiday season with a $75 Etsy gift card giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace~ John 1:16

“Sometimes I blurt out words that hurt other people. In trying to hide my insecurity, I become bossy, controlling and impatient. With ears tickled by the praise of others, my mood can fluctuate from joyful to despondent on the whim of someone’s opinion. But I don’t want to be this way! I often

wonder if anyone will ever really love me.”

* * *

I was “that girl.”

Striving. Enslaved. Rigid. Yes, a Christ-follower. Carrying around God’s… read more »

Drop the Façade | Trish Donohue

July 31st, 2016

Let’s face it. We all stink at something. How often do we think to embrace those weaknesses and even boast in them? Trish Donohue, author of Between Us Girlsjoins us today to take a look at what we can learn from Paul and how he handled the thorn in his flesh. To learn more about Trish and her new release, visit

The females in my family line have a weird disorder. I can’t seem to find it in the medical books, and I don’t think it has an official name, but here it is: We can’t do cartwheels.

There, I said it. It’s shocking, I know. I was surprised by it when I was little and every neighborhood girl I knew would cartwheel across the lawn like a runaway wagon wheel. My sister and I were in good shape, but our best attempts ended in heaps. Our cartwheel… read more »

Five Thoughts on Dying Well | Kara Tippetts

March 27th, 2016

How do you celebrate grace when your life turns out differently than the one you dreamed? Kara Tippetts shares how you can celebrate life in the midst of pain and suffering in the final book, And It Was Beautiful, she wrote before her death in March 2015. In light of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, how can we make the most of the life we are given in Christ Jesus? Read Kara’s five thoughts on dying well below.

That’ll really brighten your day, huh? Honestly, though, I think about this all the time. How does one die well? How does one glorify God in death? Here’s what I’ve come up with for today. I’m sure as time passes I could expand on this list, but this is enough for today.

1. Live with deep forgiveness to share and honest repentance with those you love.

Keep short accounts and don’t find offenses that aren’t there…. read more »

The Art of Prayer | Jennifer Kennedy Dean

March 20th, 2016

Prayer can become extraordinary when we live connected to the heart of Jesus. So how do we pray? Author and speaker Jennifer Kennedy Dean joins us today to share what we can learn from how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Also, be sure to check out Jennifer’s new release, Synced, and enter to win Kindle Fire HD 6. Click here to learn more and enter. 

Jesus, as a rabbi, chose disciples into whom He would pour His life. Not just teach them information, but disclose His heart. These disciples observed Him in every setting. They had backstage passes to His most intimate moments. They were welcomed into His private dealings. Jesus’ disciples—with all this up close access—made a connection between His life of prayer and His life of power, and they asked Him to teach them to pray.

It was customary for a rabbi to teach his disciples to… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Saundra Dalton-Smith | A Journey to Healing

February 21st, 2016

You’ve heard the say, “Time heals all wound,” but is it really true? Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Lovejoins us today to share about the necessary, but difficult process of healing. Join Saundra in celebrating her new release and join her five-day Come Empty challenge. Click here to learn about the challenge and her prize pack giveaway.

Does time heal all wounds?

Contrary to the popular saying, time does not heal all wounds. There is a process to healing and that process is similar whether the wound is physical, emotional, or spiritual. In my years of practicing medicine I’ve found that much of the pain entering my door is not simply physical pain, but emotional and spiritual pain manifesting as physical symptoms. Although all who grace my exam table proclaim a desire to be healed, all are not willing to take… read more »

Sunday Refreshments | The 3 “G’s” of Tithing – Brad Hewitt

February 14th, 2016

Nothing makes a congregation squirm more than when the paster brings up the “M” word  . . . money. Everything thing we have is a gift from God, including our money. Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial and author of Your New Money Mindsetjoins us today to share what the Bible has to say about our money and tithing. Learn more about Brad, visit

Every Christian is on a journey regarding their relationship with money and possessions. We are bombarded on a daily basis by messages that relate to money and materialism. These messages tell us that money will make us happy, that the money we have is ours alone to do with what we want. But the Bible tells us something different. That everything – yes, everything – is a gift from God. The Bible tells us that we are called to be good managers not… read more »