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7 Ways to Boost Your Mood Today. Check it out!

Woman’s World magazine asked me to weigh in about modern mood boosters—how we bump up our level of joy ever day.

Here are 7 more ways you can experience more joy beginning today. Continue Reading...

Reaching Your Prodigal

Moms and dads keep asking, “Where did I go wrong?”

I hear the stories of heartbreak.

The adult child who wants nothing to do with God, church, or faith.

The daughter raised in the church who is now selling her body for drugs.

The son who is so angry at his parents he hasn’t spoken to them in years.

My heart aches with each story. The loving parent who more than anything wants their child back in a healthy relationship with God and them.

Throughout the spring, I’ve had the delight of being part of the Women of Joy tour and listening to Phil Waldrep dispense some of the best teaching I’ve ever heard for parents walking this rough journey.

He goes into much depth, offering practical insight and action steps in his book, Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now?


Today I wanted to highlight two important principles from the book: Continue Reading...


Woman’s World Magazine asked me me to weigh in modern mood boosters—how we bump up our level of joy ever day.

Here are 7 ways you can experience more joy beginning today. Continue Reading...

Live Wonderstruck! Join us for a Summer Bible Study

Sometimes, you hold onto the promises of God, but other times you have to white-knuckle them.

In 1 King 8, Solomon stands before the altar blessing the congregation. He declares:

“Blessed be God, who has given peace to his people Israel just as he said he would do. Not one of all those good and wonderful words he spoke through Moses has misfired.”

When it comes to the syllables of God, none ever end in failure.

None of the promises.
None of the proclamations.
None of the pledges.

Neither the jumbo nor the shrimpy.

This truth echoes throughout the Scripture in the lives of kings and queens, poets and prophets. The truth resounds throughout the arrival, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible admonishes that God’s Word is sturdy and true

Every. Last. Time.

Some time ago, Leif and I discovered that the wonder of God had evaporated from our lives. We knew we needed God to renew our sense of awe, the child-like wonder of His presence and faithfulness in our lives. That’s when we began white-knuckling the Bible promise:

“The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder.” —Isaiah 29:13-14, NIV, italics added

We began to pray:

God, if you are the one who wants to astound your people with wonder upon wonder, then pick us.

We stand in awe of the ways God has answered.

Maybe you’re in a place where you’ve lost your wonder. Maybe you’re in a situation where God feels so far away. Or perhaps you just want your eyes and heart awakened anew to the presence of Christ.

This summer we’re inviting you to begin praying for wonder and awakening to the holy awe of God.

On June 6, we’re launching the Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God online summer Bible study.

Through seven sessions filmed in the Canadian Rockies including Lake Louise, let’s explore the wonders of God as found in the Scripture. Together, our eyes will be opened to the wonder of God’s presence, the wonder of friendship, the wonder of forgiveness, and so much more.

Invite your neighbors, co-workers, small group, Sunday school class, long-distance BFF, and more to walk alongside you, pray for you, and fall more in love with God’s Word together.

To join us for the Wonderstruck Summer Bible Study, you’ll need the following:

• A copy of Bible in your favorite translation (or simply the app on your phone)
• The Summer Bible Study Special: The Wonderstruck 7-Session DVD Kit PLUS a FREE copy of Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book (click here to purchase).
• A expectant heart to the ways God wants to reveal Himself to you this summer
• Between 15-20 minutes of time carved out each day to dive into God’s Word and the workbook homework
• Subscribe to the free RSS feed at so you don’t miss a beat.

As you dip into the five nights of homework each week (20 minutes or less each day), you’ll find out just how much God is busting at the seams to display His power, glory, and might in your life. Grab a friend, some compadres in a book club, a small group cohort, and let’s unwrap the wonder of God together.

Wonderstruck Bible Study

Pick up your Wonderstruck DVD Kit + Live Loved: Adult Coloring Book today and begin asking God to prepare your heart for what’s in store this summer.

We'll be gathering together each week here at starting June 6th to discuss, pray for one another, and dive into God's Word.

Here’s a sneak peek of this Bible study filmed in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies:

Let us know if you are IN. In the comments below, share your name, where you're from, and what you love about the place you live.


An Impossible Question and John the Baptists Answer: Incredible

Some people are quick on their feet. When asked a squirrelly question, they respond with grace, wisdom, and poignancy.

Not me.

My amber eyes bulge wide. My cheeks glow pink. My voice goes silent. When I start to utter syllables, I stammer. Silence thickens. Continue Reading...