Book Review: What Keeps You Up at Night by Pete Wilson

A year ago I was coming home from She Speaks amazed and excited! While in Charlotte I had been contacted by a publisher and was anticipating a book contract by the beginning of 2015. I found an incredible literary agent and worked hard to craft a book proposal. That first proposal was rejected. I wrote a second one ... and it still sits in a pile somewhere at the publisher. To say I was crushed would be an understatement. I've struggled hard since the beginning of 2015 trying to figure out ... [Read More]

Learning to Offer Continual Praise

  This morning I was reading Psalm 61. Witten by David, this psalm is a plea to help him recall the faithfulness of God at all times. These familiar words are from this passage: Lead to me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. But David's desire wasn't just to know the presence of the Lord in times of trouble, he sought the comfort of God's nearness at all times. Let me dwell in Your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the ... [Read More]

One Amazing Summer: When We Make Plans

April 9, 2012.  That was THE date.  I made my checklist and devoted time to finish a big project. March 8, 2012.  Things fell apart.  Major fell apart.  A crisis rocked our extended family and all my plans were set aside, rightly so. Finally, in late June I began working on the project again.  We'd begun to settle into our "new normal" and, while the ripples of hurt and loss still shook us periodically, we were all finding our bearings. I set the new date:  July 16, 2012.  I worked hard ... [Read More]

Have Yourself a {Mary} Little Christmas – Part 2

"But one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."  Luke 10:42 Mary of Bethany ... the contemplative, earnest, passionate woman who sat at the feet of Christ and then annointed those same feet with her perfume and tears. Certainly we can learn from her.   To be honest, she intimidates me.  In fact, she intimidates me even more than the Proverbs 31 woman.   Mrs. P31 I can relate to ... she was busy, a worker.   Mary, on the other hand ... she ... [Read More]

Have Yourself a {Mary} Little Christmas, Part 1

And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."  Luke 1:38 Our journey to a Mary Christmas begins at the most obvious spot ... with the teenage girl who was "highly favored" and chosen to bear the Son of God.   Mary, probably around age 14, betrothed to Joseph, likely a bit older than her.   Just about two years older than my own girl, who will be 12 in February.   I look around at the girls in my church.   Good girls, godly girls.  But still ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 30} God Will Supply Every Need

  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Amen. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.  The brothers who are with me greet you.  All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. Philippians 4:19-22, emphasis added I've experienced this ... the need-supplying God.  The abundance of His provision is overwhelming.   In situations throughout my life, the Hand of God has protected ... [Read More]