The Gift of No For Christians

The Gift of No For Christians

As soon as I hit send, I regretted it. I said yes to something I should have said no to. It’s not that I didn’t want to say yes – it’s that I didn’t have time for another project. I frequently tell myself to “give your best...
Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back

Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back

Dear Friends, Today is the BIG day – my second book is being released! I am so thankful to Moody Publishers for publishing “Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back.” Tomorrow – February 6th – please tune in to Dr. Gary...

Picket Fence Worthy

On the day I met my husband of 15+ years, he told me he was going to marry me one day. He also promised me a chocolate lab and a white picket fence. While I’m allergic to dogs, I wish I had that picket fence. If I did, I would lean over it and share some...
When You Have a Problem With Everyone Who Isn’t Like You

When You Have a Problem With Everyone Who Isn’t Like You

Over two decades ago, country singer Lee Ann Womack released a song titled I’ll Think of A Reason Later.  The gist of the song is that a woman finds out her ex-boyfriend is engaged. Although she can’t find anything wrong with the other woman, she decides...
The Power of Empathy for Overcoming Offense

The Power of Empathy for Overcoming Offense

You have probably heard the terms empathy and grace before. You may have even tried to put them into practice.  When you develop empathy and respond to others with grace, you may find the needle on your offense-ometer declining, much like the speedometer on your car...
Fake Is Not Fruit. Faithfulness Is.

Fake Is Not Fruit. Faithfulness Is.

The expression “fake it ’til you make it” is well known and often used. Not long ago, I began to question the helpfulness of this tactic. It all started one day when I had several opportunities to demonstrate either being patient or impatient....
Welcoming Myself Home With Some 2019 Book News

Welcoming Myself Home With Some 2019 Book News

After spending approximately 15 months blogging almost exclusively for another site, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I am welcoming myself home to the blog on my website. While I will still write for Patheos occasionally, I am happy to be back on my own blog as we enter...

***Blogging Update***

Hi Everyone! Thanks for taking a peek at my website. In case you aren’t aware, I am now doing most of my blogging on a different site. Please join me on Patheos Evangelical where I am writing about faith, culture, and emotional well-being! Three quick additional...
We Have a Daughter!

We Have a Daughter!

I testified in court for the first time today. Laying my left hand on the Bible, raising my right hand, and facing the judge, I swore that what I was about to say would be the truth. I sat nervously in the witness box inside a small but full courtroom. The attorney...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Friends! I hope you are all doing well as we enter this busy holiday season. As a reminder, I am doing some writing for Patheos Evangelical. I’d love for you to check out my latest blog for that site: Is Thanksgiving for Gluttony or Gratitude? Happy...