The Books Is Finally Here!!

Pray Truth: Praying God's Word for my Husband's Heart -- now available for pre-order!!!  //  A MUST-HAVE book!!
Friends, I am so. very. excited to let you know that my book Pray Truth: Praying God’s Word for my Husband’s Heart is available for preorder on Amazon!

I still have some work to do in getting the book page and my author page set up, but there it is — ready for you.

 

Why this Book:

I wrote this book a few years ago. I believe in the message of this book, and I believe that God will use this book in a powerful way in the lives and marriages of those who read it.  Many of you who have read early drafts of the manuscript, and I have been so blessed and encouraged to receive your notes sharing how deeply this book has affected you and how God has used it in your lives.

But though I believe God is going to use this book, getting it to this “finished” point has taken what felt like an eternity.

I jokingly blame the delay on having babies or my fear of not getting everything “just right,”  but the reality is that publishing a book like this leaves me feeling all vulnerable and afraid. 

What an awesome calling to share God’s Scripture and to lead others in prayer! {And by awesome, I don’t mean in a “Lego Movie” jingle everything is awesome kind of way. I mean more like the dictionary definition way: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.}

What a calling.

I simultaneously want to raise my hands in praise to the God who invites us to be a part of His work and hide out in fear that I might in some way mishandle Scripture or misrepresent my Savior. 

I pray that isn’t true and that God will receive all glory as He works in ways that we couldn’t have hoped, comprehended, or even imagined.

 

Why Need this Book, too:

The release of this book makes me feel vulnerable in other ways, too.

The thing is: my marriage isn’t perfect.  Like you, we have had our seasons of struggle and areas for growth — we still do!

This book, these prayers, came out of a place of yearning and hoping and a little bit of desperation. 

See, I come from a long line of leavers, and I carried into my marriage wounds and insecurities that threatened me every time my husband and I hit a little rough patch — and we all know that every marriage has a few rough patches. 

But each week, I’d pray with a group of 4 friends, and we found commonalities as we’d pray for our husbands. Similar frustrations, similar hopes, similar concerns and struggles.

Marriage is hard y’all.

It’s a wrestling – with highs and lows and ins and outs and wins and losses.  A marriage is a joining of two people with different personalities and temperaments and backgrounds and styles but both with flesh and a definite sin nature.

Even without the added pressure of job loss or caring for children or the emotional baggage we all carry, a marriage is made up of two distinct people both warring with their own pride, selfishness, and ideal plans.

I asked myself over and over again “Who am I to write this book when we ourselves have so much room to grow?”

But I’m learning over and over again that God takes our woundedness, our brokenness, and uses it for His glory.

 

This Book is for You, too:

So this book is a labor of love and a gift to you. My deep prayer is that God will use this little book of prayers in a profound way in your life and in your husband’s life.

I really believe that God is going to do something so much bigger than me through this book.

Through this journey we will be praying for more than just the outward behavior of our guys. We are surrendering ourselves to God and praying for the deeper issues of our husband’s hearts.

I have seen how God has changed (and is changing) my husband (and me!) when I pray consistently and specifically for him, and I believe that God is going to use this book to not only change our husbands, but to change us and our whole families and the legacies we live.

"Pray Truth: Praying God's Word for my Husband's Heart" -- Available NOW!

Will you help?

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And if you’ve read the book, please leave a review on Amazon!!

 

Do the Next Thing

Great advice for when you just feel stuck.

I’m behind — in everything.

Okay, maybe not everything, but these days, I’m behind in a lot of things.

I know I can’t do everything and I’m learning to let go of some things, but I still get overwhelmed at times, and it almost paralyzes me – so much so that when I find a pocket of time or when I’m given the rare gift of quiet, I don’t know what to do!

My to-do list stares me in the face, and I’m just not sure where to begin. To be quite honest, sometimes I feel so stuck that I give in to apathy and indulge in avoidance. You know, lose myself in an engaging story via book or television. Jumping into the drama of someone else’s life seems much easier than accepting the responsibility of my own. Avoidance = my arch-nemesis!

Can you relate?

Your responsibilities might look different than mine and our goals might not be the same, but busyness seems to plague us all. Our to-do list is constant and the demands don’t seem to slow down, and most of us at one time or another will wonder, “Where do I even begin?”

So what’s the answer? What is the spark we need to jolt us out of our apathy or paralysis?

I believe it is this: do the next thing. 

When I get overwhelmed or wonder what to do next, I have to remind myself to simply “do the next thing.”

What I choose might not be the “best” thing, but it is something and doing something breaks the choke hold paralysis has on me.

Completing one task helps motivate me to tackle another and momentum begins to build. My head clears a bit, and I can better choose what to do next.

If you’re overwhelmed or stuck or apathetic, if you’re avoiding your responsibilities out of fear, or if you just don’t know where to begin — start somewhere. Just do the next thing.

 

Question for You:

What keeps you from doing the next thing?

 


 

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Gifts that Keep On Giving: A Unique Holiday Gift Guide

Such a GREAT holiday gift guide!!

Christmas is only 7 weeks away. Yep, I’m going there!

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but SEVEN weeks, people!

December seems to come faster and faster every year. By the time September hits, I try to prepare myself for the blink that October and November are, but every year, I am shocked at how quickly the months actually pass.

For the past few years — aka this season of lots of little people — I haven’t been the most prepared or thoughtful gift giver. I try, but inevitably, I find myself behind or scrambling to find “the perfect” gift at the last minute.

Like many others, we do a lot of our gift shopping from Amazon or ChristianBook.com or Dayspring. Well really, I appreciate anything online — braving the malls with 4 littles takes one determined Mama!

Recently, however, the way I’ve looked at gifts has changed.

This year, I am looking for gifts that keep on giving.

 

Gifts that Keep on Giving

Next week I will begin to share a few gift guides that focus on gifts that keep on giving.

A quick google search or a glance on pinterest, and you’ll find all kinds of gift guides. My goal with these is not to reinvent the wheel, but to share about some of the great people, products, and missions I’ve been introduced to this year. The guides aren’t comprehensive – and hopefully not overwhelming – but they are a great place to start if you’re looking for gifts that keep on giving.

My goal with these gift guides is to share products or ideas that will

  • help us invest in people, not just companies
  • enrich lives and provide experiences, not just add to the clutter of our homes and hearts
  • allow us to invest in what matters.

Support People, not just Companies

I want to support people, not just companies. One way is to buy handmade/ homemade products and support other moms and families trying to make a living.

Another way to support people is to purchase items that give another person another shot at life. Buying fair trade, ethically sourced and manufactured items that provide a livelihood for those who otherwise couldn’t support themselves has become much more important to me.

Less stuff, More opportunity

I don’t just want to add more stuff to our lives or our shelves, so this year, I’m looking for gifts that won’t just clutter our homes but will enrich our lives or provide an experience.

 Invest in what Matters

Some of these guides will include “stuff” but my hope is that this is the “stuff” that nurtures relationship and creativity and spiritual growth. If we’re going to buy gifts, let’s try to choose some that go beyond Target’s dollar bin or the latest fad in the toy store. Let’s try to invest in what matters and find gifts that keep on giving.

 

I’m so excited to share these ideas and opportunities with you, so make sure to come back next week to see our very first gift guide!  If you don’t want to miss a post, Subscribe to receive these posts in your inbox! 

For those of you who need a gift now, consider checking out some of these resource posts others have found helpful:

And make sure to “like” my Facebook page where I often share lots of different deals I’m finding as we do our own shopping!

 

Question for You:

When you think of a gift that keeps on giving, what people, products, or companies come to your mind?

 


 

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When You’re Just Too Busy

When You Need to Slow Down: The First Step in Conquering an Over-Busy Schedule
The best ideas are always thought up in the shower.

I’ve heard that old adage numerous times, and I agree with it, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that I was finally struck with why it’s so true. It’s the quiet!!

If like me, you were slow to catch on to the reasoning behind that sage advice, think about it. The shower might be one of the only times you don’t have the world shouting at you — no TV, no music, no people, no social media, no books.

No. other. input.

It’s just you, the hot water, and the quiet.

Finally.

And suddenly, you can think again.

Life becomes crowded quickly – our minds cluttered, our hearts overwhelmed. Schedules, responsibilities, obligations — and we keep adding to the list!

The more we add, the less rest we find — true in our individual lives, and true within our families. Sporting events, church commitments, work obligations. Extended family, friends, social media. School, work, clubs, and ministry. Our family schedules are bursting at the seams, and we can barely catch our breaths.

I’m writing over at For The Family today — “When You Need to Slow Down: The First Step in Conquering an Over-busy Schedule.”

Click Here to Read More

 


 

Guess what?! DaySpring is having a HUGE 1-Day sale TODAY!

The Nativity Hurricane Flash Sale is one of my favorites, but the sale also includes great gift sets {starting at $8.99}, Christmas cards, and Words Matter prints, to name a few.

You can even get $10 off a $50 purchase {and FREE shipping} or a FREE item with every $25 purchase from the Gifts for Kids section!

Which one is your favorite?

 

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