If You Struggle with Prayer, You’re Not Alone

You'd think, I suppose, that someone who has written two books on prayer, created four years of prayer calendars for girl moms, worked for a prayer-focused ministry, and shares simple sentence prayers every day online would feel fairly confidence in praying. You'd be wrong. I most often describe myself as a prayer failure. Prayer, as much as I believe how necessary and beautiful it is in the life of a follower of Christ, does not come naturally or easily for me. So, if that rings true for ... [Read More]

When Prayer Goes Deep

It's crazy to me that someone who is a self-described prayer failure has written not one but two books about prayer. Over the years, I've realized that most of us, if we're honest, feel like prayer failures. We just aren't sure what or how to pray. And, for many people, that means our prayer life isn't nearly as strong as other areas. But here's what I'm finding, the older I get — our spiritual life is only as strong as our prayer life. Prayer is the foundation of everything else we do. It's ... [Read More]

Prayers from the Pews {September Prayer Challenge}

{Spend September praying for your church using simple Scripture-based prayer prompts based on the book of Acts. #prayersfromthepews} Can you believe it's already the day after Labor Day? This year has flown by for our family. Maybe it has for yours too? Perhaps you remember that almost a year ago Scott started a new job — he's the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Florence, Alabama.  We've spent the past eleven months learning the ropes at our new church, getting used to a ... [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]

Happy Book Birthday!! Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

Y'all! It's here!! I can't believe it is finally July 18 — and Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most is making her appearance in this big old world. But there's some else I want to tell you — this book isn't just for moms. Happy Book Birthday! Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most It's true, while I believe it's a resource that can both encourage and equip girl moms to pray with confidence and boldness. The simple truth is — Praying for Girls ... [Read More]

How to Pray When You Just Don’t Know What to Pray

A few years ago life was hard. Not in the dramatic, life-threatening illness kind of way (we were past that season), but in the nothing is going smoothly sort of way. Church was hard. Marriage was hard. Family was hard. Parenting was hard. During that time, I wasn't always sure what to pray. In fact, some days I just didn't know what to pray at all. I wasn't depressed or angry or hurt ... I was really more weary than anything else. When You Just Don't Know What to Pray I'm guessing you ... [Read More]