20 Times Jesus Spoke Directly to a Woman … and He Never Once Said, “Go Home!”

Y'all, there is a fire burning in me today ... and it started on Saturday when I first saw the video of John MacArthur and company at the Truth Matters conference. {Let's not even get into why the name of the conference is its own brand of irony. Also, I am not going to link the video ... you can find it easily enough for yourself.} I don't think Beth Moore needs me to defend her. But I do think other women need to see me say THIS IS WRONG! We don't have license to mock and denigrate each ... [Read More]

Keep. It. Shut. {Asking God to Do the Hard Things in Us}

First off, I need to admit something: I adore Karen Ehman. In fact, I might even be a little awestruck by her. She is energetic, entertaining, and everything she writes makes me feel like she’s been reading my prayer journal. Seriously, this woman seems to know me. Last summer I got to meet her. {I failed to get my picture made with her because I am, as you all already know, a total dork.} Karen so graciously invited me to share with the advanced speakers at She Speaks. And, in a very Teri ... [Read More]

Words that Matter

I've realized lately so little of what I say really matters. Let's face it, "Did you clean your room?" and "My car needs gas {again}" are not the stuff of eternity. The life of a mom is often full of mundane repetitions of the same phrases and questions. It's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of what needs to be done. Laundry piles and dirty dishes and meals to cook and places to be leave us barking commands and urging small feet to move faster. It happens to all of us. Some days ... [Read More]

Speak from Your Heart

I've been thinking lately about the power of words.  (I suppose writing three books in six months can cause one to do that!)  Words are powerful.  Scripture says, "The lips of the godly speak helpful words but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words" (Proverbs 10:32). Jesus said it this way, "A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart.  Whatever is in your heart determines what you say" (Luke 6:45 NLT, emphasis ... [Read More]

Slow to Speak

It happened again.  It always does.  My mouth moved faster than my mind. And in the wreckage, hurt and sorrow and wondering when I'll ever learn.  When will I finally understand? Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  James 1:19 NLT Quick to listen, slow to speak. Words hurt, they cut deep.  The wounds they leave may heal ... but the scars remain.  Friendships that never quite regain the ease they once had. ... [Read More]

Are You a Nagging Wife?

This post is part of a series I did several years ago: Starting Well in 2012.  This week our topic is a tough one:  Marriage.  More specifically, we'll be talking about our role as wives ... and be prepared, we're going to cover some tough topics! Starting with one of the most difficult ... our mouths!   I don't know about y'all but sometimes my mouth gets ahead of my brain.  And that usually results in disaster! Let's look at what the writers of Proverbs tell us about wives and ... [Read More]