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#033 – Being Committed. Are You All In?

Are you really committed?

Are you really all in as it relates to your relationship with God?

The details of our commitment will dictate the level that we can go to in our relationship with God and seeing Him actively involved, even in a miraculous way, in our lives.

Many of us want to be committed but are not because we let other things, or “idols”, get in the way of the commitment we say we want to have.

So today I want to ask you some questions.  I want to ask US some questions.

My hope is that as I do so, we can examine areas of our life where we haven’t realized

…we were holding back on God

…we have given precedence to something or someone else over God

… we valued another person, place, thing, or idea more than God

…we have unknowingly allowed an idol […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Faith, Fun, Podcast|1 Comment

#032 – Having Faith When You Hit The Wall

I’m tired…

And oh so sore…

Yesterday, I ran my furthest distance yet.

18 miles.

Jesus is a way maker, let me tell ya.

But 18 is not 26 and 26 miles is what I’ll be running come December 14th.

Honestly, I’m starting to get concerned about that wall. The wall that many runners say they experience somewhere in the last quarter of their race.

I wonder if I will hit it.

I wonder what I will do to push past it.


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In life we hit walls sometimes too.

What do you do when you think you’ve done enough to prepare, but still hit a wall?

Do you push through? Or do you give up and stop moving forward?

Sometimes pushing through means holding on and sticking with it. But I’ve learned that sometimes “pushing through” means that there may come a time when you have to let it go […]

Faith & Friends Friday – Lost

Yesterday I lost my keys.

It was a bad, bad thing because I also had a flight to catch.

There’s an illustration in there somewhere.

I’ll probably write another blog post about this another day – drawing out the deep spiritual principle.

(Because there IS a deep spiritual principal here… I’m sure of it).

But for today, just know that I lost my keys and I was completely thrown and caught off guard.

Yesterday, I drove to the seminary for chapel and for class.  I was running a little bit late.

I’m always running a little bit late so ya’ll pray for me.

After class, I had a few minutes to kill and I’m behind in my reading so I decided to stop by the coffee shop to take a deep breath, swallow a little bit of heavenly hot sweetness, then get on my way.

When I finished reading, I gathered my things and looked for my keys.

None to be […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Faith|37 Comments

#031 – Living Well on Empty

How do you live well on empty?

How can you live well when you feel as if you have nothing else to give?

How can you live well when more is needed but you don’t have more to give?


You can live well.  Even when it seems that you are living on empty.

My church is doing a six week study on lessons from the life of Elijah and I’m sharing weekly with our ladies daytime Bible study on the same topic.

I took the liberty of sharing last week’s talk on the podcast because I know that many of us ARE living on empty.  And if we are not, our day is coming.

I hope you are encouraged.



Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or 

By |October 13th, 2014|Faith, Family, Podcast|3 Comments

Turn Kindness On



It’s easy to “turn it on”.

It’s easy to be kind to everybody else.

It’s true.

I find myself examining that reality.

At times, showing kindness to a complete stranger may be easier than offering a kind word to one of my kids.

Kind deeds extended to a another woman half a world away might seem effortless when compared to the endeavor to love well those entrusted to me right down the hall.

After a Sunday spent sharing a consistent and genuine smile with so many after church, I may come home and wonder why “turning it on” with those that I love can seem so arduous.

I mean – it’s not like I don’t love my family — I do. They mean the world to me.

But still, sometimes smiling when I feel like scowling is a challenge. Offering a kind response in lieu of a lash of the […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Faith, Family|4 Comments

#030 – People Portraits – Kristen Welch (Mercy House)

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media lately, you’ve heard me talk about my Mercy Marathon.

I’m currently training to run a marathon on December 14th.

But I’m not running just for me.  I’m delighted to be running for others.

I’ve talked at length about my story and how I was introduced to the Mercy House in Kenya.

Today I would like to introduce you to Kristen Welch, the founder of Mercy House.

I asked her to join me on the podcast so that you could here her talk about her story.

This is a podcast you don’t want to miss.

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What happens when God steps in and wrecks your life?

Today’s interview with Kristen gives the answer for that question in her life.

When God shows up and wrecks your life, a beautiful thing […]

Faith & Friends Friday – Pause

I left home Thursday morning to travel to Kentucky and share alongside my Dad at a conference.

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It was supposed to be a quickie.

Two workshops. One keynote. Sign some books.

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In on Thursday. Back home on Friday morning before my kids have even finished their breakfast.

I woke up today at 3 a.m. so that I could leave for the airport in enough time to catch my “dark-thirty” flight.

Tried to check in on line and realized that I couldn’t.  Jumped on to the airlines website to figure out what was going on with my flight.

It was canceled.


I went to my window and saw why.


Storms. Wind. Rain.

Yucky weather.

There was a part of me that wondered if it really was too bad to fly or if my flight was canceled as a […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Faith|43 Comments

#029 – Ask Me Anything

You asked some questions.

Today I’ll give some answers.

Tons of answers actually…

Even if you don’t listen all the way through the podcast (which I hope you do), be sure and check out the extensive list of links at the bottom of this post.

Lots of goodies down there.

But first…

(drumroll please)


Here is this weeks’s #MilesforMercy report.



I was sick this week and wasn’t able to get in my normal amount of miles during the week.

But somethin’ is better than nothin’ right?

And every dollar raised for the Mercy House in Kenya will help.  I’m sure of it.




If you haven’t read about The Mercy Marathon, please do.  



Back to today’s Q&A podcast…



Today I’m joined by a special co-host, Wynter Pitts.  She […]

Faith & Friends Friday – Remember

Penned this on my daughter’s wedding day as I watched her prepare to begin a new life with the man she loves…


Almost a year ago…

on a Friday morning…

I called her.

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She was in a hospital bed and was about to have surgery to remove her other leg.

I cried for her.

I cried for me.

I cried because I hated that she had to experience such physical challenges.

I cried because I wasn’t there to hold her hand.

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And I told her, “I’m sorry I’m not there.”

She told me, “You don’t worry about that. I’m always with you. You carry me with you on the inside.”

And it’s true.

I’ve had my whole life to watch her.

Watch her love Jesus

Watch her love her husband.

Watch her love her family.

Watch her love her community.

I watched her […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Faith, Family, Fun|21 Comments

Super Simple Chicken Pot Pie

This one is definitely a family favorite! It takes 10-15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of baking time.

I’ve included some pictures of the prep below.

We usually serve it with salad. I figure since it’s not a LOWFAT recipe at least I can wash it down with some ruffage.

Let me also say that as a family we are trying to eat less of stuff like this (hydrogenated fat in the crusts, and extra fat in the pasta sauce), but I’m not perfect and every now and then I need a “SAVE ME” dinner.

Hope someone enjoys this! When you try it, come back and let me know!


Chicken Pot Pie

About two chicken breasts

1 15-oz jar of Alfredo Sauce.

(Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo)

1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots.

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp Thyme

1 package Pillsbury pie […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Food & Fitness|5 Comments