Want to hear part of my testimony? Want to know what God is doing with Esther’s House? Join me at Pilot Knob Baptist Church on Sunday, May 1 as I share my heart to help other hurting women.

Date: May 1, 2016
Time: 09:30 a.m.
Event: Pilot Knob Baptist Church Morning Service
Venue: Pilot Knob Baptist Church
573-859-3730
Location: 491 County Road 716
Belle, MO 65013
Public: Public

What Gary Smalley Taught Me About Love

And How to Leave a Proper Legacy

The first time I met Gary Smalley, we sat across from each other at the dinner table, surrounded by the ugliest wall paper you’ve ever seen in your life. Someone said he was a famous author, but honestly, I didn’t have a clue. You think that would’ve hurt his ego, but not at all.

What Gary Smalley Taught Me About Love

I was a student at the Table Rock Freedom Center and he stopped by to have dinner with all of us girls. He didn’t talk about the 60 books he’d written. He didn’t share about his multiple appearances on Oprah. He didn’t tell us about the thousands of marriages he had poured into.

Nope.. he talked to us about his struggles with pride and how they almost destroyed his career and his marriage. He talked about God’s grace weaving in and out of his life. He cried as we shared stories of our own struggles in life – struggles with addiction, sadness, suicide, shame, fear, doubt, etc.

Three Reasons Why Pride is Destroying Your Relationships

What the Great Vice is Really Costing You

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility brings wisdom. These words are locked into my brain without a chance of escape.

Three Reasons Why Pride is Destroying Your Relationships

They’ve saved my life more times than I can count. Okay, maybe not my life, but definitely my relationships, my work environment, etc. However, before absorbing the truth of this powerful Proverb, pride destroyed some relationships, both personal and professional.

I haven’t always been the greatest fan of being confronted and called out on my junk. During my year-long stay at the residential discipleship program I was a part of, that was a daily part of the deal. “You said this to me in this way. When you did that it hurt me. When you look at me that way, I feel…. When you pretend everything is okay, you’re only hurting yourself.” If I heard those words one more time….

God Will Restore What the Locusts Have Eaten

Why Now is the Time to Start Believing This

One year ago today I packed up this Uhual in the middle of crazy snow to move back to my hometown –  Belle, Missouri – the one place I hated the most. The one place I swore I would NEVER live again.

God Will Restore What the Locusts Have Eaten

The place where so much pain had burdened my heart – both pain done to me and pain I’d done to myself and others.

BUT GOD REDEEMS THE TIME.

In Joel 2:25, “The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.”

Join me Saturday, March 12, 2016 for Beauty of the Bloom… Celebrating New Beginnings, featuring Branson Comedian of the Year, Matt Gumm.

We’re offering a delicious dinner, surprising testimonies, and I’ll be sharing exciting news on what God is doing with Esther’s House.

All proceeds from the evening help us offer hope to women struggling with addiction, depression, physical and sexual abuse, self-harm, and more. 

 

Date: March 12, 2016—May 2, 2016
Time: 06:00 p.m.
Event: Beauty of the Bloom
Sponsor: Esther's House of Redemption
573.263.1939
Venue: Belle/Bland Community Center
Location: 200 Missouri 28
Belle, MO 65013
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

I’m excited to join the Light House Church family as I speak about allowing God to relabel us and what He’s doing through Esther’s House. 

 

Date: February 28, 2016
Time: 09:00
Event: Light House Church
Topic: Useless or Used
Sponsor: The Lighthouse
Venue: The Lighthouse Church
Location: 2848 County Road 147
Kingdom City, MO 65262
Public: Public

The Power of Planning Your Own Funeral

What Kind of Legacy Are You Leaving?

Do you ever think about your funeral? Have you ever wondered what others would say about you on the day they gather around to honor you at the end of your life?

The Power of Planning Your Own Funeral

It may seem like a crazy question, but go with me for a minute here. Perhaps we don’t plan our funerals often enough. Maybe we don’t think about the end of our lives like we should.

I recently attended the coolest funeral I’ve ever experienced. E.V.E.R. I know it’s probably uncommon to use the words “cool” and “funeral” in the same sentence, but I have no other way to explain it. You know when you’re greeted at the door with virgin mimosas, you’re in for one awesome funeral.

Finding Peace with Your Past

A New Book to Help You Free Your Future

Here’s a power punch of a question to start your day…. Are the chains of a painful past holding you back from creating a new future full of hope and freedom?

Finding Peace with Your Past

We can only heal from our hurts by moving through them – not by running from them.

These are the words from my friend, Jeana Weiss-Mitchell in her new book, Soul PaneShe has a pretty great story – a story which invites readers to consider another way – and another world. To enter a story where wholeness is possible because faith is believable.

Why My Dad Will Never Walk Me Down the Aisle

What I'm Doing to Fight Back Against Addiction

I can’t say I dream about a wedding often, but there are occasions I do. I’ve never been one to plan that perfect wedding day like my friends did when we were little girls. I was too busy dreaming about winning an Oscar.

photo credit: chicago illinois wedding photography

But as I’ve released the broken places of my hearts – the places devastated by fear of men – for the last few years, I think about it more often.

The vows. The promises to be there in sickness and health. The commitment to love each other even when we don’t like each other. Those are the things I think about most. But I also allow myself to dream about the day. The dress. The laughter. The crowd. The dancing.

Then I think about the one person whose presence I long for. The one who will never be at my wedding. My father.