Valentine’s Video & Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl Giveaway!

Valentine's Day Special 5 Marriage Bloggers

I’m interrupting our regular schedule for the Book Club – for this Special Valentine’s Day Video and Giveaway!

This video was done by 5 of the ‘Top Christian Marriage Bloggers’ including:
Sheila from,
Fawn from,
Ruth from, and
Jennifer from

So sit back and relax and enjoy this 10 minute video:

(if you cannot see the video - click here)

We all pin to a Pinterest Board together at “Inspiring Christian Wives” if you’d like to follow us there!

Next up – Singles (or mother’s and friends of singles) this giveaway is for you!!!!


Paul Hendricks writes:

Remember what it was like?

As Valentine’s Day approached you wondered if a secret admirer would finally emerge from hiding. But other than a lonely carnation and chocolates from your mom (no offense mom!), you came up empty . . . again.

This Valentine’s Day, do you know a girl who aches to be in a relationship?

If so, I have just the gift for her. Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl shares my personal journey from neediness to freedom.

Thanks for sharing this gift with the girls in your life,



Paula blogs for teen girls and women by day ( and and journals her adventures by night. Her first book, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, released September 2013.

She has worked at Revive Our Hearts for nearly nine years, where she currently serve as Writing and Editorial Manager. Here are a few more God-stories of how I got where I am today.
I finished reading Paula’s book tonight and it was such a sweet, transparent, Christ-centered book.  Paula writes openly about her 28 years of ups and downs with guys and relationships.  Her heartaches pulled at my heart-strings and reminded me of those hard days of dating, waiting, and dreaming.  Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl is not a band-aid for your soul but a true healing balm as she points to true satisfaction found only in walking with the King.

 Paula is giving away FIVE Signed Copies to WLW readers {hooray!}!  Enter to win a copy for yourself, your daughter or a friend!

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Chime In:

Are you single?  I rarely hear from my single readers – but I just heard from one today via email and was so blessed to hear her heart!  I’m glad you are here. And just a side note, I read marriage and parenting books  back when I was a teen – long before I was a wife or mother. ;)

Are you married – these questions go with the video above:
What is one thing you love about marriage?
What has been your favorite date experience with your husband?
What is one piece of advice you would share with other wives?

Walk with the King,


The Women Living Well Book Club begins January 13th!

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Happy New Year!!!!

The Women Living Well Book Club is about to begin.  But before we start you may have a few questions – here’s my answers:

When does this begin?

We begin on Monday, January 13th.

What’s the schedule?

WLW Book Club Reading Schedule 4

What do I need to participate?

To be honest, you don’t need a thing – not even the book. lol!  If you do not have the means to purchase the book – you can still follow along and be encouraged in your walk with God, marriage, parenting and homemaking. So please don’t let that stop you from joining us!

Do I need to sign-up?

No, but I’d love it if you’d leave a comment on this post if you are joining us.

Will there be a blogger link-up?

If you are a blogger and you are joining the book club and would like to blog about it weekly, there will be a link-up available on Wednesdays starting next Wednesday, January 8th.

Do I need the Companion Study Guide?

I will not be going line by line through the Companion Study Guide but if you would like some extra reflection on your own, then click here to download the guide.

How do I subscribe to your blog so I don’t miss any of your posts?


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Not sure what the book Women Living Well is all about?  Here’s the book trailer:

(if you can’t see the video – click here to view it)

Where do I buy the book?

Women Living Well is available in most major book stores including Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and Lifeway.  If you don’t have a bookstore nearby you can order a paperback copy or download the Kindle version at  It is also available on Nook at Barnes &

Any other questions?  Ask them in the comment section.

Are you in?

Let’s have a GREAT 2014 together as we seek to honor God and find joy in our walk with Him, our marriages, our parenting and our homemaking.


Check out the new Forum section of Women Living Well where we will have discussions based on the week’s readings!

WLW Forum a place to connect

Walk with the King,




Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure

Balancing It All Package

This package came in the mail last week – a copy of Candace Cameron Bure’s (formerly known as DJ on Full House) newest book about to be released on January 1,2014!

I opened the package, devoured the book and am ready to tell you all about it.

First – this is what says about the book:

How do you do it all?”

That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace’s story.

Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.

And here are my thoughts.

As I began the book – Candace’s credibility factor soared.  This girl began juggling a full-time job at the age of 11 while also doing school.  Her television career not only taught her how to balance it all – but she also tells the story of her parents as they tried to balance it all.  This was no small task for a family with two children on hit television shows (her brother is Kirk Cameron) and two other children at home.

Balancing It All is really a biography of Candace’s life as seasons change from her childhood, to marriage, to becoming a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and then returning to work  and juggling her career, ministry, family life and walk with God.

Candace tells the story of growing up in a non-Christian home, how she became saved, how she strayed from God and made some choices that did not line up with her faith, how she was brought back to the Lord, how she struggled in marriage and setting aside her dream to continue acting to be a stay-at-home mom, and her re-entry to the acting the world as a working mom.

Candace is frank about the importance of Biblical principles in her life.  Every chapter begins with a verse and her faith is woven through out her story.  She shares her convictions through her life story and makes it clear that this is just one woman’s journey and not a formula for everyone’s lives.  Candace talks about learning to submit to her husband’s leadership, the importance of prayer in her marriage and the importance of frequent sex.  She is also very open about her schooling choices, discipline techniques and boundaries with her children and social media.

You may not agree with every thought that Candace pens in her book but no doubt you will see her humility and how she loves God deeply, and desires to encourage other women with her faith story, as she seeks to honor God in all she does from family to career.

If you are looking for an inspiring read to start out 2014 – then here it is!  And seriously – is the cover not so cute?


You can purchase her book in paperback on Amazon here or on kindle here.

Walk with the King,



Dreaming of a Sweet and Simple Christmas

10 tips for a stress-less holiday

Tracie Miles-6548-EditI am SO excited to introduce you to our guest writer today –  Tracie Miles from Proverbs 31 Ministries!
She is the author of Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in a Chaotic World .

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Tracie writes:

Do the holidays stress you out? Join the club!

As moms and wives, it seems we take the brunt of the holiday pressure. Trying to make sure that everyone is happy, fed, and festive, in addition to the house being a holiday haven and making sure all the gifts perfectly selected, purchased and wrapped, can make even the most organized, calm and collected woman turn as nutty as a fruitcake.

Every year we all jump onto the holiday highway and speed up to ninety miles an hour until we turn the calendar over to a new year, while inadvertently letting our overall health slide along the way. Unfortunately, living in the fast lane of stress even for just a couple months, not only affects our emotional health, but it can affect our spiritual and physical health as well.  If we want to avoid letting the chaos of the season zap our energy and our holiday joy, we can intentionally choose Christmas peace over Christmas chaos.

Despite living in a culture focused more on the retail aspect of the holidays than the spiritual aspect of the birth of Jesus, we can choose to keep things sweet and simple by remembering to set our hearts right with Christ and intentionally planning to minimize our stress. Out of all the decisions we will face this season, this is one of the most important, and is a gift we can not only give to ourselves, but to our families and loved ones as well.

If your heart is dreaming of a sweet and simple Christmas this year, below are 10 tips to help you plan for a stressed-less and joy-full holiday.

Stand up for Christ.  Say Merry Christmas without worrying about offending someone. Standing up for our faith creates pride in our Savior, while being hesitant to acknowledge Him in an attempt to be ‘politically correct’ can sometimes cause pangs of guilt.

Touch your loved ones…. with a hug, a phone call, a personalized Christmas card, or a plate of cookies. Christmas is about the giving of ourselves more than the giving of gifts. And the gift of touch is priceless.

Release yourself from feeling obligated to be a holiday super woman. Over committing not only leads to burnout, but keeps us too distracted on the things, and people, that really matter.

Evaluate traditions. All too often we continue with traditions year after year, which may add additional stress to our holidays while not adding value to the season.  Consider changing or ceasing certain traditions that don’t seem to hold great value anymore to you or loved ones.

Settle grudges. Unforgiveness and bitterness can cause a great deal of inner turmoil and stress, especially among families. Pray about anyone you may have been holding a grudge against and ask God for the ability to forgive them. What better time of year for restoration of relationships than Christmas?

Simmer a delicious, aromatic hot beverage on the stove, such as hot apple cider, Russian tea, or hot chocolate. Seasonal fragrances can be like a soothing balm for a stressed out soul.

Laugh. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas, and forget the pleasure and enjoyment of a hearty laughter. Make time to watch some funny holiday movies, like Elf, Christmas With The Kranks, The Grinch, or one of your favorite oldies that simply make you smile.

Establish lists. A major stressor of the holidays is a lack of organization. Make a list of gifts to buy, social plans, baking to be done,  ingredients needed, etc., and then put them in order of priority. This allows you to tackle your to-do’s one at a time, without feeling overwhelmed.

Save money when possible and avoid shopping malls.  Rather than purchasing gifts based on convenience or feeling obligated to buy expensive trendy items, conduct on-line searches for the best prices, and look for one of a kind specialties instead of trendy items. Try to  focus more on the thoughts behind gifts, rather than the money in the gifts.  This not only prevents anxiety from holiday crowds, but also prevents the stress that comes with over spending.

Settle down for a long winter’s nap. Even Santa needs a break every now and then. Make time to relax this holiday season doing activities that relax your heart, soul, body and mind. Remember that even when holiday craziness is in full swing, Jesus offers calm in the midst of the chaos.  And when our hearts are at peace, our holidays can be too.


Tracie has two special holiday offers going on right now that I want to tell you about.

Tracie will be hosting two live conference calls in a Managing Holiday Stress Conference Call Series through Proverbs 31 Ministries (Nov 25 and Dec 10).   Click here to get all the information about how you can chat with Tracie and be proactive in avoiding the annual holiday stress trap this year!  She is also hosting several live Facebook parties with lots of fun giveaways, including sets of her conference calls, so click here to join the fun!

Tracie’s book Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace In Your Chaotic World would make a great Christmas gift for a loved one who may be looking for an answer to their chronic stress.   Each copy purchased through Proverbs 31 by December 20th will be personally autographed by Tracie. Click here to order.

Visit Tracie on her blog here>> or on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.