What is the Meaning of Your Name?

what is the meaning of your name

What is the meaning of your name? Were you named after someone special? I am going to share who I was named after – but first let’s turn to Genesis. The Good Morning Girls are reading chapters 41-45 this week and we are covering the life of Joseph. At the age of 17, Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelite’s. From there he was sold once again to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.  From there he was unjustly imprisoned and then at the age of thirty he was released. “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service […]

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Do Not Be Discouraged When You Feel Judged

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I am still on my blogging break but I am in Dallas, Texas this morning at a Women in Ministry Summit with Kay Arthur (author of over 100 Bible Studies!) and Logos Bible Software. I had the opportunity to sit next to Kay Arthur and ask her many questions during breakfast yesterday. My mother has led her Precept Bible Studies for over 35 years. I am a product of Kay discipling my mother and my mother discipling me. So this was truly a joy to meet Kay, at the age of 80, in real life. I was also trained on […]

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How 5 Years of Blogging Has Changed My Life

how five years of blogging

  Has it been that long?  Oh yes – yes it has!!! Next month, I will have been blogging for 5 years. At this point, blogging has taken up a HUGE chunk of my free time. This ministry has changed my life. The emails I receive from hurting women – has changed me. The encouragement and support from women whose lives are being changed – has changed me. The criticism I have received from angry people – has changed me. The writing of other bloggers in the “blogging community” – has changed me. But most of all – the King of Kings and […]

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The First Blog I Ever Followed & A Link-Up Party

  Before we start this month’s blog hop, I thought I would share with you the first blog I ever read on a daily basis.   The blog is called Girl Talk. I began reading it many many moons ago but lately I’ve been so busy writing, I don’t have time to read there but they are still wonderfully inspiring!  I went back to their blog to see when it began –and I can only go back in the archives to 2005 but I am almost certain that they existed in 2003 and they just don’t have the archives…I read them every.single.day.for.years.on.end!  And I bought 3 of their […]

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I’ve been Ruined!

I've Been Ruined

   Last November, I sat back and assessed my life and determined – this blog –this “Women Living Well” thing, has changed my life…At first –it seemed to be changing it for the better.  It was so fulfilling to be able to connect with women and exchange encouragement.  But then it all morphed. Numbers, stats, hate mail, drama, expectations, insults, stress, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and all sorts of other ugly things came along side this great joy in ministry.  And when I took a break in November I was thinking – What have I done to my life? Then, over Christmas, I read in a book about […]

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Have You Lost Your Edge?

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  The end of 2012 was really hard for me.  In November, I had a little meltdown late one night as my husband and I talked about life.  I started crying and just couldn’t stop – which is very unlike me. I think I cried for over an hour.  I was simply exhausted and the idea of adding my Christmas to-do list to homeschooling and blogging and book edits — completely overwhelmed me. Of course, it was all so clear for my husband that I should just put the blog on hold till after the book edits were complete (they were due January 2nd to […]

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Highlights From Allume {including my notes from Ann Voskamp}


My Roomies: Peak313.com, TimeWarpWife.com, The BetterMom.com, GoodMorningGirls.org  It’s Monday morning and I’ve discovered I am simply too old to live on 5 hours of sleep lol!  I partied like a teenager for the last 4 nights and I’m EXHAUSTED!  But…I had a Fabulous time hanging out with my bloggy Christian community at a blogging conference called Allume.  One highlight was spending time with my all time FAVORITE parenting author and now personal friend Sally Clarkson.  I just love soaking up her wisdom.  I had the privilege of sitting at her dinner table a few times and I love how she goes quickly […]

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The Biggest Disappointment of the Conference Last Year

Wednesday morning I will leave for the Allume Conference – formerly named The Relevant Conference. I wrote the post below last year after the conference ended and it still speaks to right where I’m at now.  So here’s the repost… There was one HUGE lesson God revealed to me during the Relevant Conference… I’m a huge disappoinment and it’s time I embrace disappointing others – to the glory of God! Let me explain. The closing speaker for the Relevant Conference was my #1 favorite blog writer – Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience {and author of the New York Times Best […]

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This is a REALLY Busy Week!


This week is SOOO full for me, so I’m not sure how much blogging is going to happen. First – we had to have a bloggy meet-up Saturday night at my house.  Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen and Clare from Peak 313 stopped by! Then, I got my edits back from Thomas Nelson last week and they are due back this week.  There are not too many changes…but I do have one chapter I have to completely re-write because it was almost entirely struck out.  It’s the chapter about my mom!  That surprised me because I was thinking that was a chapter you […]

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I’m Maxed Out!

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  I knew the day would come – when I’d say – I can’t do it anymore.  I can’t blog, homeschool the kids, keep the house clean, be the wife I want to be, maintain my friendships, serve at church, attend all the children’s activities (four nights a week)  AND write a book! I can’t. I’m . maxed . out . Today by lunch time I was muttering under my breath – I quit. But there’s nothing on the list I plan to quit on – so…I think I just have to call a Time Out. My manuscript is due to the publisher on […]

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Highlights of the Proverbs 31 Conference – She Speaks


  After an 8 hour drive to North Carolina – I arrived at the Proverbs 31 Ministries Conference called She Speaks.  The hotel was buzzing with women – women who are professional speakers, authors, ministry leaders in their churches or just starting out in these areas.  Suddenly, I became very nervous as I thought about speaking in front of these sophisticated women!  The highlight of my first evening was meeting my good friend Karen Ehman.  Karen and I have been on-line friends for almost two years but we have never met!  We have spent hours chatting on the phone together but to hold each other in a tight squeeze […]

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My Blogging Journey

  From time to time, I get emails from other bloggers asking me for advice on how to start their blog or grow their blog.  While it makes me squirm to talk about numbers and techniques…because truly God’s fingerprints are all over the increase of my blog…I want to spill the beans about some of the things I have done to grow my blog.  My prayer is that this information will help other Christian bloggers grow their audience so together we can make a difference.  The internet can be a dark place but together we can pierce the darkness as […]

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