The Bravest Prayer

Learning to Discern the Voice of God

Have you ever heard God whisper to you? Maybe it sounded quietly, or maybe it was so loud in the depths of your soul you knew without a doubt He was clearly leading you to do something crazy BIG!

Here’s a disclaimer: When you decide to follow that whisper, some people are going to think you’re crazy. Shoot, you’re going to think you’re crazy half the time, too. Are you ready for that?

Mark Batterson writes in his new book, Whisper“When you take your cues from the Holy Spirit, you’ll do some things what will make people think you’re crazy. So be it. Obey the whisper and see what God does.”

Cherished (Polly Wright, 2016)

Y’all… this was a hard book to read – not gonna lie. I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the first two chapters, but I had to keep reading, knowing there was a story of redemption weaved throughout these pages.

Every. Bit. Worth. The. Hard. Read.

Your heart will break. But it will be filled again with hope – the hope which comes from our amazing, redeeming Father in Heaven who calls each of us cherished.

Read it. I bet God will use it to restore your hope in just how much He loves you!

Why You Need to Be Stung By a Jellyfish

Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish? Me neither. Well, not a real one anyway. But I’ve been stung by plenty of metaphorical jellyfish and I can say I’m probably a better person for it.

Relationships are interesting. After we get hurt by a few people in our lifetime, it’s easy to become callous to letting others into the vulnerable places of our hearts. It’s easy to assume people are just out to get us.

The Worst Book I’ve Ever Read and Why I’ll Read it Again

I hate books that convict me. Books requiring me to stop ignoring the change I need to make in my life. Yet I keep reading books, so it’s my own fault.

In July 2014 I bought Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to take on vacation with me. The first few pages in, as I sat in the sun by the pool, I decided I wasn’t in the mood to read a book about discipline. It went back into my suitcase, then back to the shelf, where it stayed until December.

The Wall Around Your Heart

the wall around your heartI’m excited to tell you about this brand new book that just released today! I had the honor of serving on the launch team for Mary DeMuth and I wholeheartedly believe in the messages she writes.

Have you ever sat down and went through the Lord’s Prayer step by step? I certainly hadn’t at the level Mary recently taught us to.

In her new book, The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt YouDeMuth takes you through this prayer, the emotions, the heartache, the bitterness, and ultimately, the forgiveness.

We’ve all been in that moment in our lives, most certainly more than once, where our anger and hurt have kept us from being open to the healing of Jesus, therefore, building a wall, or a fortress for some, around our hearts. I know mine was certainly a fortress.

What if we begin with Jesus? 

What if we decided today to break down the walls, whether it’s brick by brick or with a bulldozer?

Asking yourself Who is Jesus? – and being truthful in your answer – is the most important question you’ll ever ask. Why? Because how we frame our answer determines how much we allow Him into our pain, whether past or present.

It hurts. It’s scary. I get it. But it’s worth it.

Honestly, what do we have to lose by letting Jesus in to heal the pain vs. trying to do it ourselves?

I remember being eight years old, standing on the playground with a teacher who forced me to run laps because I was “too fat.” I looked up at her and with a few choice words, said, “No more!” It was great that I finally stood up for myself that day, but something else happened. Something not so great. I started building a fortress around my heart.

I encourage you to continue reading my review and learning more about this powerful book over at Open Hearted Power. I pray it blesses you.

Click here to read the rest of the story. 

Why I’m Excited About This Book and You Should Be Too

think 4_8I’ve been a fan of Tommy Newberry since I was first introduced to his book, The 4:8 Principle. The words in that book changed me. As a matter of fact, I’m in a point in my life where perhaps I should read it again.

When I heard the news he was writing another book based on this principle, for teenagers, I got excited. However, what’s even more exciting is that my friend Lyn Smith is the co-author. I’m so proud and excited for her and this opportunity to be involved in such a powerful project.

I know it will change the lives of teenagers. 

I introduce to you Think 4:8, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens. The book is based of Philippians 4:8 (TLB).

Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on teh fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about it.”

This book isn’t for Mom or Dad. It’s for the teenager. In today’s world, we are pulled 100 different directions. We try to fit into every circle, be involved in every activity, and when we try to follow Jesus on top of it, life gets hard.

Being a teenager today seems harder than it used to be.

Tommy and Lyn wrote this 40-day challenge to upgrade the thinking and refresh the attitude of teenagers. We don’t have to live in insecurity. The words of other people do not define us. It’s time for the next generation to understand they were designed by a God who is excited to shape their future.

I’m excited about this book and I want you to be excited, too. Whether you have a teenager or know someone who does, I encourage you to gift them with this book. Oh.. and if you haven’t read The 4:8 Principle for yourself, I highly recommend that, too.

It will rock your world!

The book releases September 3, but you can pre-order it now. Not only does pre-ordering a book help the authors, but you have the opportunity to be one of the first to receive the book when it releases. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Click here to order your copy today and help spread an awesome message to a generation desperate for it.

Have you read any of Tommy Newberry’s books? What has been your favorite? Leave a comment below… 

I’ll Pay You $65 to Get Dear Dad

As you may know, my first published book, Dear Dadgoes on sale today. I told you to wait to buy it – that I would make it worth your wait. Now is the time.

Dear Dad-3D

A dream 18 years in the making comes true today, as the book releases. I’m speechless, really (which doesn’t happen often) and I’m so excited about this message.

I won’t spend a whole lot of time telling you about the book. You can find all that, plus the 20 endorsements from people like Jeff Goins, Suzette Brawner, Gary Smalley, Julie Cave, Allison Vesterfelt, and more at the book site.

However, I do want to share with you why you shouldn’t wait any longer to get the book.

Join the 10 Day Dear Dad Challenge

3D-Book-Cover2Maybe you’ve heard about Dear Dad and you’re wondering what it’s all about. Or, maybe you’ve bought the book and want a little something extra.

That’s why I took some of my favorite truths from the book and put them into 10 daily devotionals you can get for FREE.

It was hard to narrow down bits and pieces of the book and pack them into ten days, but I’m happy about the results, and I’m even happier to share them with you.

Oh.. PS – in case you haven’t heard the news, the book releases on May 7th. Stay tuned for some great details regarding the first week release.

Just sign up in the box you see below and you’ll receive one email a day for 10 days.

 

It would be my pleasure and honor to walk with you for the next 10 days as we learn more about finding freedom, restoring relationships, and seeking hope.

Here’s a screen shot of the email you’ll receive:

Dear Dad Devotional

 

Hope to see you on the ten day journey soon!

 

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who are you?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Fill in the blank: I Am ______________________.

Who Do You Think You Are?

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Are you the woman who was sexually abused? Are you the guy who’s mother abandoned you at eight years old? Are you the overweight girl who refuses to go out in public because people will laugh? Are you the teenager wearing a pair of shoes from a garage sale and fear others finding out because you’ll be made fun of?