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Why I Didn’t Want to Read “Present Over Perfect”


I just finished a book I really didn’t want to read: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Shauna’s dad is Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, which was where my mom started going to church when I was in junior high. I never knew Shauna personally, but to me she represented an ever-increasing number of …

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God Ate My To-Do List (Living Beyond Yourself Week 2)


God ate my to-do list today. This morning as I sat down to listen to Beth Moore teach session 2 of our “Living Beyond Yourself” study following our week titled “To Live By the Spirit”, I had a heavy heart. A big change is taking place in our lives today, that although I feel very strongly about (in a good …

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The Long Road Home

We’ve started the long road home to Nashville… It’s hard to believe that just a week ago I received the call from my husband that his dad had passed away and hours later I piled our two kids into the mini van to make the 13 hour trek down to South Florida amidst squalls from Hurricane Isaac. It’s a blur. …

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The Feast


Many of us will pull ourselves up to a table to feast on turkey and all the trimmings this week…and some of us more than once! But have you ever paused to think what exactly you’re feasting on? Not necessarily on Thanksgiving, but on a regular basis? For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also ~ Matthew …

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Who are you thinking about?


Who are you thinking about today? We’re all busy, but don’t you ever get tired of using that as an excuse for why you don’t think about people more? I know I do. Think about it – if you’re always running around with a to-do list in your head, it leaves little room for you to think about the people …

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Baby Locked in Car…Interruption?

My trip with the kids to the dentist this week ended very unexpectedly when a woman ran up to my car window as I was about to pull out of my parking spot. “Can I use your phone???” She asked frantically. “My baby is locked in my car!” Time stopped. I quickly dialed 911 while I sent her inside to …

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Quick-Fix Parenting: Tommy Nelson Blog

It’s official, my first “Tommy Mommy” post, “Quick Fix Parenting” on the Tommy Nelson blog is live today! I think too many of us are looking to fix our kids (and fix them fast!) instead of looking introspectively to find answers to our parenting problems. If you’re wondering how to encourage your children in the Lord, while growing yourself, I …

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What’s your routine?

I recently wrote an article for my women’s column in The Good News of South Florida newspaper called, “What’s Your Routine?” It troubles me that so many of us skate through life just trying to survive instead of thrive! I’ve always found it easier to have a routine and deviate from it once in awhile than to try to live …

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Rest in Him

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. – Psalms 62:1   I know we’ve talked about being too busy for God, but have you ever felt like you’re too busy to rest?  In high-pressure situations, I actually find myself reminding my lungs to breathe!  Does the following phrase sound familiar to you: “Once I finish …

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Stop & Listen

Do you ever forget to breathe during the day?  Is the first item on your to-do list, “find more time”? I know I’m guilty of allowing the pressures of the world to wear me down.  Sometimes I think the devil figures he can keep us from God by making our lives busy.  My question to you today is, what are …

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