9 Great Books {Releasing August – October 2017}

Do you ever wish someone would just make a list of the books you should read? Well, you're in luck! Because that is exactly what I am doing today. I've got recommendations for just about everyone. And the best part is, I already have every one of these books and I can promise you each one is written by a woman who is passionate about the Lord. 9 Great Books {Releasing August - October 2017} I've separated them by release date for you but I'm also including a few thoughts about the book as ... [Read More]

A Prayer for My Girl’s Senior Year

In July 1995 Scott and I sat in the Pizza Hut in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, shocked about my pregnancy.  Just a few weeks before, a fertility specialist in Birmingham had basically assured us that day would never come. Our miracle baby, the one for whom we had prayed for almost four years, was born February 17, 2000, in the newly renovated maternity center at Helen Keller Hospital. We'd chosen not to find out the gender of our baby, so when the doctor delivered our eight-pound child, he looked at ... [Read More]

Praying Scripture for our Daughters and our Marriages

Praying Scripture is powerful!! I suppose it's not a big secret how much I love the Word of God. I've been seriously studying and teaching the Bible for the past twenty years. My ongoing prayer is that God will give me greater passion for His Word and a greater ability to communicate the truths it contains to others. And, I suppose that makes it not a big surprise I want my girl to have that same passion for Scripture. In May, the prayer calendar for Prayers for Girls is focused on a deep ... [Read More]

When Hard Conversations Open the Door to Really Good Ones

Sometimes being the mom of a teenage girl is the coolest thing ever. Like when we plan a Netflix binge of One Tree Hill or when we spend a few hours shopping for shoes. But then there are the other 6.5 days of the week when it's just plain hard. The past few months have been full of all the hard stuff. And I need to say here and now — I did not handle most of it well at all. In fact, I pretty much bombed. I yelled when I should have prayed. I fought against my girl rather than for her. I was ... [Read More]

Dear Daughter, The Truth about Love

To my dear daughter, You turned sixteen this month. I am well aware of how exciting that is to you but I'm pretty sure you have no idea how much this birthday has shaken me. More than any before, this February 17th brought home the truth that time is fleeting. You'll be getting your license and experiencing a new freedom as you pull away in the car without me or your daddy by your side. And I'll be in the house sobbing about how time is a thief and praying for your safety. I've been ... [Read More]

{book review} Triggers by Amber Lia & Wendy Speake

It happened again this weekend. I call it the "Clash of the Hormones." Between my girl's teenager hormones and my menopausal hormones, let's just say it can get highly emotional around here and things can escalate quickly. I don't say that to make light of it ... or to excuse it.  But if we're honest, almost all of have those moments when we've totally lost it with our children. It's not that we WANT to be that kind of mom, it's that we're exhausted or stressed or overwhelmed. We love our ... [Read More]