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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

30 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 7

Today we’re discussing Chapter 7 which is titled “Choosing to remember no more.” Or as I like to call it … Forgiveness.

I had to laugh — not like ha-ha, more like how’d she do that!? — as I was reading. Lara managed to sum up in one beautiful chapter what took me an entire book to write!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we’re called to do … especially when we’ve been seriously wronged.

But.

Forgiveness is one of the most important things we’re called to do.

I believe with everything inside of me, when we call on God to help us through our struggles with forgiveness, He’ll meet us above and beyond our expectations. And truly … a true heart forgiveness just isn’t possible without His help and guidance.

This week Francie is hosting our discussion over on her blog … meet me there?

And if you haven’t yet read To Walk or Stay … hop over and grab a copy now!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in forgiveness, marriage, resources, series


23 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 6

I’ve already mentioned how Lara’s book, To Walk or Stay has had a huge impact on me {like everyone should read it!}, and today I’m honored to host this week’s book club discussion!

I started writing out a post for today, when I felt God lay it on my heart to speak directly to you through video. It’s a longie … but I pray you’ll take time to hear my heart.

And after you watch the video, I’d love to further our discussion in the comments! Discussion questions listed below.

{if you’re reading in an RSS feed, click here to view video}

“Leaving would mean I miss a blessing.”

Tell us in the comments, how do these thoughts on divorce challenge and/or encourage you?

As I mentioned in the video, I’m choosing to be obedient to God’s calling for me in my marriage. What choices can you personally make to reflect God’s design in your own marriage?

It’s all about love! Marriage — even in the most difficult seasons — is about choosing to love. I am a walking testimony to God’s love overflowing through me, allowing me to love someone who hurt me. Which aspect of love reveals your place of greatest challenge, and why?

If you haven’t read To Walk or Stay and this post has peaked your curiosity … hop over and grab a copy now!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series


9 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 4

Do you think I’m pretty?

Whoa! This week’s chapter hits deep! I think if we’re honest, most of us would admit we come into marriage with insecurities. And we look to our spouse’s to fill our insecurity need.

We need — want — to be reassured and told we’re pretty, beautiful, special, valued, and there’s no other he could possibly desire.

Sadly, it doesn’t always work that way.

Our husbands don’t — can’t — fill our insecurity need. And sometimes — it hurts to write this — we find out we’re not the only one he desires.

Ahhh … but our Gracious Lord. He’s made it clear to us we shouldn’t be looking to another human to find our worth. Our worth, our identity is in Christ … in Him alone.

In chapter four, Do You Think I’m Pretty?, Lara gently guides us through the truths of God’s Word and His desire for us … “He designed you to reflect Him, to know Him, to be consumed with Him — to glorify Him. And when we do, we are beauty.”

True beauty arises from a quiet spirit that finds rest in the character and promises of God. Page 56

This week Kayse shares her thoughts on this chapter and is hosting the study on her blog. I hope you’ll join in … I have no doubt you’ll be blessed!

And if you haven’t read or purchased To Walk or Stay, you can find it right here. Annndddd … if you have read it, maybe you’ll consider gifting it to a friend?

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series


2 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 3

Today, the lovely Katie Orr is hosting our discussion over on her blog, Hello Mornings.

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to miss out on this:

  • There’s a great discussion happening in the comments!
  • Lara’s put together another great video!
  • And Katie talks about some other crazy-incredible resources!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of To Walk or Stay, you can find it right here.

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series


25 Apr

to walk or stay :: book club – week 2

You may remember my review last month of my friend Lara’s new book, To Walk or Stay? The book is amazing and I highly recommend it to just about everyone. Married, single, struggling, or not … it’s a must read!

If you read that post, you might remember me mentioning a lil’ something about a book club/study Lara put together for us all. Last week was the kick-off of the study {sorry I missed posting about it!} and you can catch up on the discussion over here.

Today, for week two, Crystal is hosting the discussion on her blog.

If you haven’t read To Walk or Stay yet, I really encourage you to do so … I promise, promise, promise your life and relationships {namely your marriage} will never be the same!

Before I give you the Amazon link, I’d like to give a cheesy plug for 31 Days of Forgiveness … right now Amazon is showing 31 Days and To Walk or Stay are “frequently bought together.” Plugging complete.

Anyway …

I love Lara, and after you watch this video she put together, I think you’ll know why!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in resources, series