What to Do When You Become the Person Others Whisper About

Sitting in my office, I can hear the soft, rustling sounds emerging from a nearby room. My beloved husband, Leif, and our stellar office manager, Jessica, speaking in hushed tones.

Though I can’t hear specific words, I know what they are whispering about… Continue Reading...

Giveaway: 5 Fun Facts About Scouting the Divine to Celebrate the 5th Printing

Sweet Friends,

I am humbled, honored, and downright thrilled to announce that Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey has entered into its 5th printing! To celebrate, I wanted to give a few extra special gifts. Continue Reading...

When Your Joy Runs Dry

marg6077 —  December 3, 2014 — 3 Comments

When Your Joy Runs Dry

Much of the teaching I’ve heard on joy over the years is oversimplified.

I remember those days in Sunday school learning that JOY is spelled Jesus, Others, Yourself. While that made perfect sense when I was 9, I’ve seen how distorted that can become as an adult.

I watch as friends who love Jesus, spend so much time pouring into their kids, grand-kids and others that their joy looks something like this: Continue Reading...

The Bible Study You've Been Waiting For—Be the First to See Fight Back With Joy
It's finally here.

I had been studying joy for a year. Putting the finishing touches on book about joy—just two weeks from turning it into the publisher—when I received the diagnosis. I had been pursuing and activating joy in my life in the relatively good times, now I had to do it in the midst of darkness, depression, and torturous pain.

Through the process, I’ve discovered that breadth, depth, and power of joy—that despite hundreds of sermons and many decades in the church—no one had told me of before. 

For the last year, I've been working on a 6-session DVD Bible study with LifeWay that captures what I've been discovering about God and the Scripture through the toughest battle of my life. Everyone who has faced a challenge, or who knows someone in the midst, needs a to know that suffering doesn’t win. Joy wins.

My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be beacon for anyone searching for HOW to fight darkness.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone ABOUT to face a battle.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone IN the fight of their lives.
My prayer is that this book and Bible study will be a beacon for anyone who has crawled THROUGH the trenches.

Sooner or later, we all find ourselves on the battlefield. But we can fight back with joy and help others do the same.

Here is an exclusive first look at the Bible study that releases January 6. Pre-order today for special bonuses:

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The Three Most Important Miracles In Your Life

This is the day we set apart to rekindle gratitude.

This is the day we search high and low for pockets of grace, insignias of God’s goodness.

This is the day we remember the power of offering thanks for giving by giving thanks.

Somewhere along the way, we rediscover that this day is meant to be everyday.

My friend, Nancy Sleeth, recently challenged me to practice Thanksgiving each day.

A simple recipe for joy: Continue Reading...