Social Media Conundrum

For eight years my immersion in social media has been blessed by relationships made, encouragement shared and received, as well knowledge gained. I am grateful for every conversation, tear, grin and giggle I have shared with others. However, there is a constant “tyranny of the urgent” that comes with social media immersion that has become a heavy burden. Dogged engagement in daily on-line conversation can be its greatest reward, but for me, … [Read more...]

Fortune Cookie Predicts Doom

Building relationship with your kids makes for great fun together when they are teens. I don't get people when they talk about how awful the teen years are because although those years have challenges my experience has been they are the opposite of awful. When you have come alongside  your kids consistently, taught them the truth of who God is, who the enemy of God is and how they walk through life with a target on their back the teen years … [Read more...]

Be A Mentor, Find A Mentor

It can be awkward and uncomfortable at first...but a mentoring relationship is something you NEED to pursue. And hey - your seatbelt was awkward and uncomfortable but you got used to that! So buckle up and make mentoring happen in YOUR life! Do you have that “older woman” who touches your life deeply, without much fan fare or notice to the rest of the world? I remember her well; her name was Connie. She was the “older women” in our women’s … [Read more...]

Encouragement Cafe Chat

More than a year ago I "met" Luann Prater by phone and we shared our hearts on life, where God had us and what the big dreams were He had placed in our hearts. Imagine my surprise when I found out she would be coming to Little Rock a few weeks ago to meet up with Suzie Eller, (my now new friend) and that they wanted to sit and chat with me on their radio program Encouragement Cafe. We enjoyed dinner together the night before, where there … [Read more...]

I Cannot Birth This Baby!

Interesting that during my pregnancy over 20 years ago I constantly read the book What To Expect When You Are Expecting and now that I am talking into the lives of moms I was asked by them to write a post on child birth! I really was connected to that book, I even mention it in Be The Mom! They have a website, What To Expect, and they send me an email several months back and say, "Hey, will you write us a guest post?" And I answer back, … [Read more...]

Social Media Sucks

The humility right out of me. When I use social media to encourage and connect it is grand. When I use social media to juke and jive and work hard to “get noticed” and hustle to make people find me or “like” me it sucks the humility right out of me and reveals my sinfulness. The pattern of this social media world is to see and be seen, have others hashtag you, quote you, friend you, follow you, notice you, tell others about … [Read more...]

Be The Mom E-Book Sale!

  Wow - this is way cool! I was just informed that Focus on the Family is selling the ebook version of Be The Mom for only $1.99 if you order through their site! Just go to Be The Mom Sale and type in the code 406925 at check out! Just last night I received yet another email from a mom who said Be The Mom is making a "real" difference in her daily momlife! God is able...that's for sure! I continue to be in awe over what God is … [Read more...]

I Have A Big But

Sometimes it sneaks up on me from behind and before you know it, it exposes itself! For me, it happens like this, “I am sorry I yelled at you, but you did not do as I asked!” left eyebrow in a severe upward slant, lips pursed, hands on hips with just enough of a “neck bob” to indicate my attitude of self righteousness. If this is an attitude that has not been revealed in your home, welcome to mine – I have exposed my big but more times than … [Read more...]