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]

10 Verses to Guide Your Words

Time and again I find myself reminding my daughter — and myself! — what we say matters. {And how we say it can sometimes matter even more.} Our words are powerful. Once spoken, they can never be erased. Scripture says our words carry the power of life and death. James tells us how we control our tongues is a measure of the depth of our religion, our intimacy with Christ. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. ... [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]

28 Days, 28 Ways: Speak Kind Words

Thanks for joining me again today. We're on day 4 of 28 Days, 28 Ways: Investing in Your Marriage. If you've missed any of the previous posts, you can find them indexed here. A few years ago, I was studying the biblical idea of submission. One of the concepts I learned during that time was that submission is rooted in being polite. At the time I asked myself and others a big question: What if submission begins with simply being polite? The fact is, we live in a very rude world. Common ... [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]