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Aug 22

I Want All The Answers Now

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d8.22Did you find your way here after reading my Proverbs 31 devotion today called I Want All The Answers Now? If so, welcome!

If not, this devotion is on wanting God to “spiritually skywrite”, telling us just the whats and whys of life along the way rather than making us wait. {Sometimes a loooooong time!} You can read the devotion by clicking here but be sure to come back here to share a prayer request and enter to win a copy of my book and Bible study curriculum LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. 

Okay……..are you back? Great!

In the devotion I say:

By God not giving us explanations at each turn, it builds our faith. We can go to Him in prayer asking Him to calm our anxious hearts. We can ask Him to increase our faith so we aren’t consumed by the questions, and help us trust that He — the ever-wise parent — has good in mind for us.

It is God’s job to unfold our future. It is our job to trust and glorify Him as He does. Let’s stop asking Him to spiritually skywrite all the answers and let’s write His promises on our hearts instead. And then? Let’s live like we believe them.

So, what prayer requests do you have? Please share them here. {I’ll be popping in here on and off over the weekend to see your requests and pray. And I hope you all will pray for each other. Using the “reply” feature to someone’s comment and actually telling them you are praying, or even typing out a short prayer, is so uplifting and I encourage you to do so.}

let-it-go-bundleOne person will be chosen from among the comments and replies to win a copy of my book LET. IT. GO.: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith, along with the 6-week DVD teaching series including one Bible study guide.

You may watch and do this Bible study alone or gather a few friends or church members and form a group.

LET. IT. GO. is a somewhat humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

Okay friends, what prayer requests do you have, especially the ones where you wish you had all the answers now?

{Don’t forget to hop on and reply to pray for others!}

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Aug 20

Living So That Giveaway with Wendy Blight

Today I’m super excited to introduce my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 gal Wendy Blight! She is guest posting how we all struggle daily with faith-fully living in the mist of our peaks and valleys of life.  Be sure to leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of 2 copies of her new book.

Now meet my friend Wendy.

WendyBlightWendy  Blight is an InScribedStudies author, speaker, Bible study teacher, curriculum writer, attorney, wife and mother. Sparked with the desire and giftedness to share God’s Word, she teaches women to stand on Scripture, understand what it really says, and apply It in their daily lives.

She brings intensity and hard hitting reality to her teaching. Her messages and lessons share the specific verses and prayers that have transformed her heart and home.

She equips women to:

  • Apply God’s Word in a way that makes it relevant to everyday circumstances
  • Gain victory over trials and struggles through faithfully praying the Scriptures
  • Write powerful and effective prayers for themselves and others

Wendy has authored two books. Her newest book Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life and Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story. She has also authored numerous Bible study curricula, teaching them live in Charlotte as well as through on-line studies.

And now, here is Wendy:

Do these thoughts sound familiar?   

How am I gonna hold it all together today?

I know I should be kind, loving, patient and have self-control, but...

how can I be kind with that annoying coworker who always drinks my Diet Coke…

how can I not spew out words of anger at my husband who missed dinner with us yet again…

how can I hold my tongue with this child who again popped her little brother in the head after he stole the remote…

how can I refrain from joining in the gossip on our girls’ night out…

I know I should forgive, pray  without ceasing,  and trust God, but…

how can I forgive when my husband walked out on me after 15 years of marriage…

how can I offer one more prayer when a wayward child for whom I have faithfully prayed continues to rebel…

how can I not fear when nightmares from years of sexual abuse intrude upon my sleep…

how can I trust God as chemotherapy treatments wreak havoc in every cell in my body?

We struggle to live faith-fully in the midst of life-altering pain and heartache. We struggle to live  faith-fully life in the midst of our crazy schedules…to balance it all and make decisions that honor God. We know what we’re supposed to do, but it’s so stinkin’ hard! We want to react with an understanding heart but find it impossible. We want to be nice but can’t hold our tongue. We want to forgive but can’t speak the words. We want to trust, but it’s just not there..

So how can I be who God wants me to be in the middle of this mess?

If you identified with any or all of the above, Living So That is for you!

Now for the giveaway.  Living_So_That wendy

Two fabulous people will win a copy of Wendy’s book Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.  Simply leave a comment with an example about how arming yourself with God’s word helped you make faith-filled choices in the daily chaos of life. Or, tell us why you or someone you know needs this book!

You can learn more about Wendy {and get links to a free  5 day devotional & a free chapter from Living So That} by visiting @WendyBlight.com.


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Aug 16

The Most Meaningful Handmade Gift I’ve Ever Been Given

Kelly, my best friend from college, is the most thoughtful and creative person I know. Last summer as part of my vintage homemaking series, I asked her to share how she made the most meaningful handmade gift she's ever given me {there have been dozens of handmade gifts she's given me since the … [Continue reading...]

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Aug 15

Grandma Elsie’s Blackberry Cobbler

My grandma Elsie (my mama's mama) was famous for making anything with the abundance of blackberries that grew on their property in southern Indiana. My mother remembers canning over one hundred quarts each summer of the luscious fruit. Grandma Elsie’s five kids especially loved her blackberry … [Continue reading...]

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Aug 12

Tool, Toy, or Tangent? {or how to pull the plug on wasting time}

I have a love/hate relationship with the phenomenon that is the Internet. Especially social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or my personal fav Instagram. What I love? The way it keeps me connected to my loved ones and friends, allows me to spy on…uh…er… keep up with my kids’ cohorts. I … [Continue reading...]

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