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Cindi McMenamin

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 35 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

Identity is a big deal lately. So are labels we give ourselves. Years ago, we despised labels. They were synonymous with a …

April 23, 2024
Certainty of God's Presence in the Uncertainty of our Circumstances

Do you know what it’s like to ask God for something and to keep waiting for an answer? It’s difficult to imagine …

April 15, 2024
Living for Jesus daily

In this new year, I’ve been asking God for more of Him and less of me. More of His wisdom. Less of …

January 16, 2024
running on empty

You might be hearing it in songs or on people’s lips:  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But what if you’re …

November 28, 2023

It happens. What you’d been hoping for, praying for, and in some cases even planning for, has resulted in disappointment. And if …

October 2, 2023
choose faith over fear

I recently had cause for worry. And even fear! My sister noticed a lump in my neck that an ultrasound shortly after …

August 22, 2023
God can provide for our everyday life

There is a lot that can cause you to fear your future these days. But God’s steady assurances in His Word can …

July 8, 2023

Are you feeling uncertain, anxious, and even fearful about the future? When it comes to the nation’s economy, the housing market, gas …

June 20, 2023
responding to bullying believers

Have you ever said something with a pure heart and were criticized by another believer who didn’t understand or just appeared to …

June 5, 2023

No one welcomes hardships. They hurt. And they can negatively impact our relationship with God and others. But, they can also refine …

April 25, 2023
Living for Jesus daily

Easter isn’t just a one-day-a-year celebration. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead gives us extraordinary hope to live every day …

April 5, 2023
Missile prayers

I recently gave you some prayers that can help stop negative thoughts before they have a chance to take hold of your …

March 22, 2023
Why pray?

Are negative thoughts sabotaging your day by dictating to you what to fear and how to feel? Don’t let them have their …

March 6, 2023
the perfect love

You may have searched for it—I know I have. But perfect love does not exist this side of heaven. Nevertheless, you and I …

February 14, 2023
Journaling

Would you like to improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual health this year? Try journaling what you are struggling with, topics you’re …

January 23, 2023
Sing in Struggles

Stress—whether it’s physical, emotional, relational, or financial—can take its toll on any of us. But you can stay healthier this year if …

January 2, 2023
running on empty

Are you struggling with motivation this time of year? Is it taking all you’ve got to just face what’s on your to-do …

December 13, 2022
don't be like those who offend you

If you’ll be having your grown children around your table this Thanksgiving you may want to be aware of some things that …

November 15, 2022
how to not embarrass your grown child

Are you ever accused of embarrassing your children? I’m not talking about embarrassing middle-school or high school-age children. All we have to …

November 1, 2022

If I pay too much attention to what’s happening in this world, it could make me crazy. Can you relate? While gas …

October 5, 2022
girl running through field

 I recently shared with you three ways we can put Jesus on the throne, instead of “worshiping a golden calf.” This …

September 5, 2022
the perfect love

Do you ever wonder why we do the things we do? And yet, we’re not so different from the Israelites who …

August 23, 2022
empower other women

We live in a time when it’s finally politically correct to empower women. But how we do it makes all the …

July 18, 2022
All about Jesus

It’s popular today to talk of harnessing your inner strength, displaying your power as a woman, and living from your authentic …

July 12, 2022
Cindi and her Dad

It’s rare, but wonderful, for a woman to be able to say “I grew up with a loving father.” If you …

June 14, 2022
Summer Prayer

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” As the season …

June 1, 2022
feeling on the edge

It’s easy to feel on the edge these days — whether we’re watching the news and becoming frustrated or just living …

May 16, 2022
destress this spring

Have you noticed that it’s May? The flowers are out, the birds are singing, and Spring is in the air. And …

May 2, 2022
Party Is Over

It’s one thing to be disappointed in someone. But it’s even more hurtful, at times, when someone else is disappointed in …

April 18, 2022
God of second chances

Do you ever feel like you’ve completely blown it with God? As if He’s thinking I’ve had it. I’ve given you …

April 6, 2022
Why pray?

If you’re like me, you’d rather just sleep in every morning – especially after losing an hour through Daylight Savings Time. …

March 14, 2022
In all things sing

I found myself worrying about finances yesterday. I hate it when I do that. I certainly know better. God has always …

March 2, 2022
Confess don't complain

Having trouble with friends, family, or other relationships? None of us gets it right every time. But it helps to have …

February 21, 2022
Take care of yourself

Tension is real. Baggage is destructive. And relationships can be outright difficult. But, it’s possible to improve every one of your …

February 14, 2022

Do you ever just want to start over? It’s a good thing that the God of Heaven is a God of …

January 31, 2022

When it comes to prayers are yours all about you and your desires, or all about God and His worthiness to …

January 24, 2022
the perfect love

What percentage of your life is made up of worship? One day out of your week? A fraction of a day, …

January 11, 2022
In all things sing

I know what you’re thinking. We all had great expectations for the year 2020 and look what happened! Then when we …

January 4, 2022
overwhelmingly loved

On Sunday, we sang a song at church about the “overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” Have you thought about that …

December 21, 2021

Are you asking God for something and you feel He hasn’t come through? Weekly I receive emails from women who have …

December 15, 2021
In all things sing....

Don’t you wish you had an attitude of gratitude every day, and not just at Thanksgiving? I know I do. But …

November 19, 2021
God Is Not to Blame

Do you feel like God is ignoring you because others around you are enjoying God’s blessing and it looks like you’re …

November 8, 2021

Do you sometimes cower at your circumstances, wondering why your faith isn’t up for the task? How much faith we have …

November 1, 2021

Faith is like a muscle in our bodies. We are given all we will ever need at the point of our …

October 25, 2021
Prone to wander

I recently learned something about myself — and my Savior — from my black cat, Mowgli. Each morning after exercising, I …

October 4, 2021
girl running through field

Last week I wrote about three lies we tend to believe about God that keep us from enjoying a more intimate …

September 13, 2021

What are you believing about God that isn’t true? And is it holding you back from a more intimate and enjoyable …

September 6, 2021
Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse

When you think of abused women you might not think they are sitting in church next to you, or in front …

August 23, 2021

Admit it. You’d enjoy more rest in your life,  you just don’t know how to get it.  Do you realize God would …

August 15, 2021
God's favor

Wouldn’t it be nice to not be so busy? Talk to most believers and you will find their lives are marked …

August 9, 2021

Let’s admit it. We know we’re not supposed to worry and yet we do. We worry about finances, our health, and …

July 19, 2021
believing God for more

I know what you’re thinking: So many things to pray for and so little time.  Perhaps you’ve kept a prayer journal, …

June 28, 2021
NASB Adventure Bible

Do you have children or grandchildren who aren’t excited about Gods Word?  That’s normal, you might think. The Bible is difficult for …

June 8, 2021
over-scheduled

Are you feeling drained, depressed, unmotivated? That’s understandable. This past year could do that to anyone. In fact, most women I …

May 24, 2021
Psalms of strength

If you’re like most people you are probably familiar with Psalm 23, which speaks of how the Lord is our Good …

May 5, 2021

Last week I gave you four ways to notice God is right next to you. But the list goes on. Here …

April 13, 2021

Do you sometimes feel like God is far away?  Heartbreak, struggles, unanswered prayer, or just filling your schedule with everything but …

April 7, 2021
His song will be with me

Do you have a favorite song that has helped you through a relationship breakup or a challenging season of life? Songs …

March 10, 2021
God's favor

God doesn’t have favorites…right? That would seem impartial or unfair. And yet, look through Scripture and you’ll find ordinary people whom …

February 17, 2021
responding to bullying believers

In this time of confusion, division, and sometimes hate or indifference, are others seeing Jesus in you?  In my last blog, …

February 3, 2021
All about Jesus

Now more than ever, others need to see Jesus in us. Not the Jesus the media portrays. Not the Jesus that …

January 20, 2021
Prayers to help you sleep

Having trouble sleeping due to all that’s on your mind and heart?  Whether you’re lying awake at night due to job …

January 6, 2021

Would you like to fall more in love with Jesus in 2021? It happens by falling in love with His Word. …

December 30, 2020
Teen devotional book

Do you find you are overly focused on spending money at this time of year?  My writing client, Donna Wright, just …

December 15, 2020
thankfulness

Around Thanksgiving it’s ingrained in us to think of our blessings, and focus on what we have, rather than what we …

November 18, 2020
God can provide for our everyday life

Are you on the edge of your seat regarding your health, the election, your finances, or your future?  Don’t worry. God’s …

November 2, 2020
Stop worrying

There are lot of situations that can cause us to worry right now.  Pandemic. Sinking economy. Volatile election year. In fact, …

October 27, 2020
responding to bullying believers

My husband and I were running on a local trail recently. As we increased our speed up a hill, an older …

October 20, 2020
purple flowers

After watching the Presidential election debate last week my heart dropped. With a sickened feeling in my stomach I prayed, “Come …

October 7, 2020
Worry About Nothing

I was struck this morning at how badly our country needs prayer, how much our leaders need prayer, and how my …

September 21, 2020
Sing in Struggles

I’ll admit it. I’ve been ragging on 2020. Who hasn’t? Worst year ever! I mean, could things get any worse?  And …

September 9, 2020

What are you waiting for God to accomplish in your life?  We often quote Psalm 37:4 as our “guarantee” that God …

September 1, 2020

During a worldwide pandemic we often think of the need for physical healing. But God is the One who can heal …

August 26, 2020
Stop worrying

Do you need to experience peace right now in a world that feels like it’s falling apart? The prescription – or …

August 18, 2020
Worry About Nothing

In a world of pain, pandemic, fear, anxiety, political divisiveness, racial tensions, and shaming every time we turn around, how do …

August 3, 2020
Adult child's pain

As parents, none of us want to hear that our grown children have suffered pain. Especially if we were the cause …

July 27, 2020
Comparison kills your confidence

If you’re like most women, you often feel stuck in the trap of comparison. But my friend and writing client, Julie …

July 13, 2020
Set Your Heart on Things Above

It happened. This week I snapped about COVID-19 and the resulting cruddy condition of this world.  I’d been staying positive for months. …

June 29, 2020
Be Spirit-filled not drama-filled

It’s happening daily. It’s the volatile, divisive world we’re living in right now.  A personal accusation, a misunderstanding, careless words, or …

June 23, 2020
Women on the Edge book cover

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything …

June 10, 2020
Deconstructed: A Bible Study Guide

Do you struggle to understand your Bible? Or are you one who simply waits for someone else — like your Pastor …

May 26, 2020
worry-free mind

It’s easy to gripe right now about everything I don’t like about this world pandemic.  But this week I decided to …

May 19, 2020
purple flowers

On Sunday afternoon I was walking a neighborhood trail and enjoying the beauty of the sunshine, the clear blue skies, and …

April 28, 2020
Coronavirus isolation

How are you doing while being holed up in your home? I’ve been encouraged by seeing so many people rise above …

April 7, 2020

I know life has turned upside down for you. You can’t attend church. You can’t go to your health club or …

March 31, 2020

Recently, I’d been shaking my head at the fear and panic I’ve seen that surrounds the Coronavirus outbreak. Lines wrapped around …

March 24, 2020

What a crazy week it’s been. Fear. Panic. Hoarding of toilet paper. Cancelled flights (I had one of those!) and cancellation …

March 18, 2020
choose faith over fear

Last week I gave you Four Ways to Trust God When Money is Tight. This week I want to give you …

March 9, 2020
God can provide for our everyday life

Wouldn’t it be nice if having a relationship with God meant never having to worry about money again?  Actually, that’s possible. …

March 2, 2020

In a perfect world, your boyfriend or husband would know instinctively how to love you in a way that meets your …

February 24, 2020

Did you survive Valentine’s Day focusing on the true love of your life? Last week I gave you four ways Jesus …

February 17, 2020

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it can be a lonely time if you’re single, divorced, widowed, or often disappointed from unmet expectations.  …

February 9, 2020
Defy Your Diagnosis

Let me introduce you to my friend, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, whom I met years ago when I worked at a health club. …

January 28, 2020

Last week I gave you five prayers to help you maintain hope when life throws a curveball. Here are 5 more …

January 21, 2020
When bad feelings can be good

Could you use some hope in the middle of a mess right now? Life often doesn’t go as planned, does it? …

January 14, 2020

Have you thought about your priorities in this new decade? Are you planning to put your family first, get out of …

January 6, 2020

How can you and I be extra selfless during a time when it’s so easy to be selfish? Nearly every ad …

December 10, 2019
All about Jesus

It feels good to be all about us, doesn’t it? Especially when everyone else is, too.  But when Jesus told His …

November 18, 2019
over-scheduled

As the busiest time of the year approaches, I’m sure you’re finding there’s still too much to do and only one …

November 13, 2019

Does the Bible sound foreign to you, at times? Would you like to understand it more and even study it? I’ve …

November 5, 2019
What if God Wrote Your Shopping List

Have you ever wondered how you might spend money differently if God wrote your shopping list? In other words, what if …

October 25, 2019
juggling it all

It’s that time of year again when there’s too much to do and there’s only one of you.   If the responsibilities …

October 21, 2019
live your story

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog called 5 Simple Ways to Let Others See Christ in Your Life. Based …

October 7, 2019
Questions about the Bible

Do you find that you have more questions than answers when you read the Bible? Do you wish there was someone …

September 30, 2019
Everyday Brave

Do you know what it’s like to wait for something? My friend, Author Janet Thompson, lends some encouragement that will help …

September 25, 2019

I know that you and I would like to think others see only the best in us. But honestly, others see …

September 16, 2019
Why pray?

I know this thought must cross your mind from time to time. If God knows everything and if He’s going to …

September 10, 2019
forgiveness is powerful

What are the three most powerful words you can think of? I love you? I see you? I trust you? How …

September 3, 2019
Spiritual bucket list

Summer is almost over. Would you like to spend the rest of it growing closer to the Lord? How about taking …

August 11, 2019

After giving you 10 women of the Bible NOT to be like, my friend — Author Kathy Collard Miller — guest …

July 29, 2019
Be Spirit-filled not drama-filled

I learned during my teen years that if you don’t have the proper role models in front of you, you have …

July 23, 2019
Inner calm

When it comes to the women we model our lives after, who are your heroines?  Actresses? Models? Outspoken women fighting for …

July 17, 2019
the perfect love

Do you ever wonder why God isn’t giving you “success”? This morning I read this from Proverbs 2:7: “He holds success …

July 6, 2019

“Doesn’t God want me to succeed?”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question – or lament – …

July 2, 2019
filter every circumstance

Do you ever have one of those weeks – or months – when it seems like God isn’t around? When it seems …

June 25, 2019

I’ve been hearing a lot about “self love” lately. Everywhere I turn, I see articles like “10 Powerful Ways to Practice …

June 4, 2019
Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy, Happy Living

Do you consider yourself a healthy, happy person? How about one or the other? My friend, Sally Nance, has a new …

May 28, 2019

Are disappointments and dashed dreams causing you to struggle with believing God is good?  Last week I helped you answer the …

May 21, 2019
God Is Not to Blame

You’ve probably heard it said a thousand times — “God is good.” Yet one good look at the pain and suffering …

May 13, 2019
Capturing God's heart

Is it really possible to “capture” the heart of God? After all, He loves all of us, right? And Scripture says …

May 7, 2019

For all of my readers who are now grandmothers, I want to encourage you in how you can help your grown …

April 30, 2019
Psalm 84:11

Last week I gave you “Five Reasons God Might Not Be Blessing Your Life.” This week I want to touch on …

April 22, 2019
Why Isn't God Blessing?

Are you feeling “skipped over” when it comes to God’s blessings in your life?  Sometimes it’s easy to feel neglected when …

April 16, 2019
Faith-filled

Is your faith on a steady course or could you be in danger of shipwreck?   Scripture warns us of the possibility …

April 10, 2019
God's simple acts of love

Could you use a reminder of God’s presence, a whisper of His love, a comforting reassurance that He has not forgotten …

April 1, 2019
Favorite old son

Do you ever just need to reconnect with God, remind yourself of the truth of Who He is, or reignite your …

March 25, 2019
5 old songs I never want to forget

While looking for ways to change up my devotional time with God recently, I dusted off an old hymnal (that was …

March 20, 2019
live your story

Do you ever think about what God is writing about YOUR life in the eternal realm? I had the opportunity to …

March 12, 2019
Questions Jesus asked

Do you still have questions for God? There are many things we will never understand this side of heaven, yet our …

March 4, 2019
Questions God asks us

We often have questions of God. Questions like: Where are you? Why did You allow this? and What kind of good can come …

February 25, 2019
Emotions Jesus expressed

Have you experienced the heartache of losing someone you love? What about a personal dread or agony of wishing you didn’t …

February 12, 2019
Emotional

Several years ago, I heard a wise person pray, “Break my heart, God, with what breaks Yours.” I’ve never forgotten that …

February 5, 2019
Side by Side by Jayme Lee Hull

Have you ever wondered if God can really hear you? All I ever do is listen to other people. Can you relate? As …

January 29, 2019

Are you ever accused of being critical when you don’t think you are? That happened to me recently. My grown daughter …

January 23, 2019

How is your time with God going in this new year? If you’d like to give it a boost, I have …

January 7, 2019

Would you like this new year to be a better, more thriving year with God? It can be if you learn …

January 1, 2019

Are you experiencing a sense of loss at this time of year when everyone else seems to be celebrating?  The Christmas …

December 18, 2018

Wouldn’t this be a great time to let others see Jesus in your life?  Especially at this time of year when so …

December 3, 2018

Do you need a mentor to help you through life’s transitions? Or would you like to be that woman who helps a …

November 28, 2018
Thankful in all things

I’m often asked how one can be thankful at this time of  year when struggling with pain, heartache, and disappointment. If that …

November 20, 2018
live your story

I heard my pastor say recently that, as humans, “we are as porous as sponges.” “We are so vulnerable to whatever will …

November 5, 2018

This week, author, blogger and parenting expert Sarah Hamaker shares with my readers how you can connect — and stay connected — …

October 30, 2018

If you’re still feeling like God has forgotten you, here’s some hope. Last week I shared with you what God was teaching …

October 8, 2018
the perfect love

Are you going through a disappointing time right now? I know what that’s like. I got my hopes up about something, was …

October 1, 2018
Prayers of My Heart Journal

I recently posted a blog called “Stop Believing You Can Never Change.” This week, Author Debbie Taylor Williams shares her guest blog …

September 24, 2018

Are you letting your past mistakes define you? Do you find yourself believing that you will always be a certain way? I’ll …

September 11, 2018

None of us wants to break our children’s hearts. Yet, sometimes we do without even realizing it. This week, my friend, Lori …

August 26, 2018

How we love to claim the promises of God in Scripture! They give us hope, comfort, and renewed strength. Yet sometimes we …

August 20, 2018
Hugh & Cindi McMenamin

Monday marked my husband’s and my thirtieth wedding anniversary. Thirty years! I’d love to tell you it’s been one long honeymoon. But …

August 13, 2018

That’s a pretty big claim, isn’t it? That just three truths can change your life for the better? But seriously. The people …

August 5, 2018
Inner calm

Are you one to crumble at life’s circumstances? Or do you allow them to make you stronger? When life brings something painful …

July 29, 2018

I  recently wrote an article called “Is God Really Good?” Of course He is! But sometimes we question His goodness when we …

July 25, 2018

No one wants to be a people pleaser. But could you be one without even realizing it? I was. Until I realized …

July 17, 2018
Enjoy the Son This Summer

Would you like to spend this summer growing closer to the Lord, experiencing His presence, falling in love with His Word again? …

July 11, 2018

I know you’ve asked yourself – or someone else – this question. In the past couple months, I’ve run a couple guest …

July 2, 2018

Are the circumstances of life robbing you of true joy and contentment? Then my friend, Diane Markins, has some encouraging words for …

June 26, 2018

If you have wounds in your life because of a less-than-perfect father you are not alone. Through the years, I’ve heard stories …

June 12, 2018
When bad feelings can be good

I’ve heard it said that feelings aren’t bad or good, they’re simply yours. But I happen to believe that what we consider …

June 4, 2018
Inner calm

I know how you feel. There are so many things for you to do in so little time. Kids are pulling at …

May 27, 2018
Contentment

Can you say you are completely content with your life? Your relationships? Your job? If not, you can be. My friend — …

May 22, 2018

Do you know what it’s like to be married but feel “miles apart” from your husband? How about the feeling that there’s …

May 15, 2018
Thankful I'm a mom

Yes, there are days parenting can be frustrating. And yes, I’ve had those moments – especially during my daughter’s  pre-teen years – …

May 1, 2018
Mentoring women

Do you and I need a support system while going through life’s changes? Absolutely. For years, I’ve talked about how we each …

April 24, 2018
God's Words of Confidence

Are you believing debilitating lies without even realizing it? I wasn’t aware that I was until I read Leviticus 5 the other …

April 10, 2018
the perfect love

Are you loving Jesus as much today as the first day you decided to follow Him? I first decided to follow Jesus …

April 3, 2018
Reaping a Fruitful Life

Do you ever find yourself frustrated by life’s circumstances? The Bible has a general “reap what you sow” message, but sometimes we …

March 27, 2018
Emotional disconnect

Is there a widening gap in your marriage? One that you aren’t sure how to bridge? What about the emotional gap with …

March 20, 2018

Are you at risk of losing your effectiveness as a child of God? How can we do that? you might ask. I …

March 13, 2018
Move on from Baggage

Last week, I gave you 5 Simple Steps to Leave Your Pain in the Past. This week I'm offering you 5 more ways to help you overcome the deep-seated hurts in your life. (And No. 2 just might surprise you...especially if it's the reason you have not been able to move forward out of your past pain.) From my book, When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, here are 5 more steps toward healing and wholeness so you can move on from the baggage in your past

March 7, 2018

Every person who walks planet earth has been wounded. Some more than others. And pain has a way of sticking with us …

February 26, 2018

I’ll never forget the day I was cleaning through my top dresser drawer and found a treasure. I almost threw out the …

February 5, 2018

Do you ever panic when your situation looks bleak, thinking God has forgotten you? It’s human nature, I’m sure, to fear the …

January 29, 2018

Imagine,  you and I can bring glory to the God of this universe…and benefit from it, too. And if we don’t, God …

January 16, 2018

If you’re like me, you constantly wonder what more you should be doing for your children. Am I giving them enough of …

January 8, 2018

What do you do to instill confidence in your life? Read a good book? Take a course in self-confidence? Brush up on …

January 2, 2018
never forgotten

Have you experienced circumstances lately that threaten to darken your outlook on life? Are you struggling with a health problem? A tight …

November 13, 2017

Are you constantly comparing yourself to others? Why do we DO that? If you’re like me, you don’t intentionally play the comparison …

October 24, 2017
Questions Jesus asked

If you’re like most people, you have lots of  WHY questions for God. I have had them, too. Why am I going …

October 1, 2017
Desires of your heart

Are you tired of pursuing something only to find it always eludes you? It might be your approach. For instance, are you …

September 12, 2017
Desires of your heart

Are you tired of pursuing something only to find it always eludes you? It might be your approach. For instance, are you …

September 12, 2017
5 keys to upgrading your courage

What fear seems overwhelming to you right now? A situation that your child is in? Something God is calling you to do? …

August 28, 2017
Trust God in the Drama

Every time I write a book about something, God makes sure I learn it first. So what was my lesson behind writing …

August 23, 2017
Practice happiness

Sally Nance, whose blog is The Healthy Happy Woman, is my guest blogger this week. Here are her thoughts on how to …

August 14, 2017
The drama could be God's deliverance

Have you ever considered that some of the drama in your life could actually be God’s deliverance from something worse? I mean, …

August 1, 2017

Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others …

July 31, 2017
Pray without ceasing

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Marnie Swedberg on her radio show just recently. Spending an hour talking about Drama …

July 24, 2017
Statements to diffuse the drama

I don’t believe any of us sets out to experience drama on a daily basis. Many times it just happens. But you …

June 5, 2017

What would you say if your child told you that he or she was gay? Maybe you haven’t experienced that but a …

May 29, 2017
Fearing anything other than God

What do you fear more than God? It’s very possible that is what is causing you drama. For instance, I was recently …

May 9, 2017
drama free mom

Leave it to my friend, Arlene Pellicane, to find a positive example of drama. I asked the popular author and speaker to …

April 25, 2017
Drama filled or drama free

If you’re like me, you’ve often said – or thought – I don’t do drama. Yet, as much as you and I …

April 17, 2017
Statements to diffuse the drama

Would you like to be done with the drama? Me too. Admit it. You’ve said (or at least thought) I’m done with …

April 10, 2017

I’m no stranger to drama. I wish that weren’t so. I wish I could tell you that there has never been a …

March 30, 2017
Why do we love whining

Oh how we love whining! I don’t think any of us sets out to make a habit of whining. But it sure …

March 20, 2017

What stresses you out? Work? Finances? Your children? Tax time? What about a project you are working on that doesn’t appear to …

March 13, 2017
8 ways to be a more compassionate communicator

Are you tired of the hateful language on television and social media lately? It isn’t coming just from unbelievers. It’s coming from those who follow Christ, too. My friend, Dawn Marie Wilson, has a heart to see women live more godly lives. As my guest blogger today, she offers simple ways we can stand out amidst the hostility and be a more compassionate, yet effective, communicator. Dawn says: “I believe every one of us can become a more compassionate communicator." Here are Dawn's 8 ways we can learn to express ourselves in a more compassionate manner: 1. We can learn to be SENSITIVE. We must be sensitive to differences. God designed a beautiful “garden” of people. Some are “roses,” some are “daisies,” and some are awesome medicinal “weeds”! Is a rose better than a weed just because we think it’s so? God is the Potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8). Every person is beautiful and valuable—created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Instead of trying to ignore our differences, we can develop deeper appreciation for them. We can love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). Being sensitive doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything; we can learn to disagree agreeably. Sensitivity is simply the capacity to be aware of differences and the needs of others. That’s something we all can cultivate. 2. We can show RESPECT.

February 27, 2017

If you are dreading Valentine’s Day you are not alone. Every year I talk with women, read loads of emails, and even …

February 14, 2017

Why Don’t We Pray More Specifically? In this two-minute video clip from a recent conference, I share what I learned about praying …

February 7, 2017

As I prepare to launch my new book Drama Free, I asked my friend, Shelley Hendrix to share what was on her …

January 30, 2017
Allow these words to change your life

Do you struggle with confidence, significance, or feeling loved? Or do you know a woman who does? God’s Word is full of …

January 23, 2017
4 More Things God Will Never Sayou hand Him your concerns

About 16 months ago I posted a blog called  “5 Things God Will Never Say as You Hand Him Your Concerns.” You …

January 13, 2017
Reasons God Isn't Answering Your Prayers

Do you ever feel like God isn’t answering your prayers? I heard from a reader recently who asked “How long am I …

January 9, 2017
never forgotten

Do you know what it’s like to feel disappointed in God? You’ve prayed. You’ve been faithful and obedient. You’ve sincerely wanted God’s …

December 19, 2016
Desiring God

In my last blog I asked you what you want more of. I told you I want more of Jesus and less …

November 29, 2016

What do you want more of? Have you thought of that lately? You and I live in a society where we are …

November 15, 2016
Feeling discouraged? Focus on the facts not feelings

Focus on the facts of Who God is, and not your feelings and fears, and you can gain the energy to get through your day.

October 31, 2016
Pursuing Your Callling

Do you ever feel guilty about pursuing a dream God has placed upon your heart? I’ve heard women say things like “Who …

October 18, 2016

Are you someone who is constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop? Do you find it's easier to expect the worst than the best? Do you find yourself fearful that God won't really come through for you?
As women, our fears range from living out our lives alone, to not being able to have children, to losing our jobs or homes or someone close to us. Often, our fears are rooted in a misunderstanding of who God really is. Depending on your upbringing, you may see God as the One who seeks to pay you back for mistakes you've made in the past. Or, maybe you see Him as One who will think good and hard before coming to your aid when you find you are in need. But God isn't an angry god with a vengeance to get back at you. He's the God who loves you and wants your love and trust in return.
Hebrews 11:6 says: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (NIV, emphasis added).
God wants your faith -- not your fear -- that He really can come through for you. But in order to have faith in Him, you must know who He is and be convinced He's trustworthy. So let me give you two steps that will help you get to know -- and love -- this God you no longer need to fear.

October 11, 2016

There’s a reason you and I struggle with forgiveness. But I don’t think it’s because of how deeply we’ve been wounded by …

September 20, 2016

Have you found yourself wondering if God was ever going to answer your prayer? My friend, Author and Speaker Donna Jones, shares …

September 19, 2016
4 More Things God Will Never Sayou hand Him your concerns

There are a few situations in my life right now that could really stress me out. My husband is waiting to hear about three different job opportunities, and to be honest, he needs at least two of the three!
Now, I can pull out my hair, and lose sleep at night, and keep calculating what we'll do if he doesn't get any of those jobs. Or, I can realize it is ludicrous for me to worry that God isn't aware, or doesn't care, or won't provide for us in time.
I choose to not be ludicrous. So I thought of five good reasons not to worry about that or anything we tend to worry about. Those five good reasons come down to five things you and I will never hear God say as we hand Him our worries and concerns.
So here they are. You never have to fear any of these responses when you trust God with what is on your heart:

September 13, 2016
10 best books I've read

I thought it was time to put together a list of the 10 best (and most challenging) books I’ve read in the …

August 28, 2016

Slavery is not something of the past. It still happens in this country and even in our local communities. I asked my friend, Peggy Sue Wells, to share on my blog this week what is on her heart. As you read her shocking and heartbreaking story, be asking yourself what YOU can do to stamp out slavery in your corner of the world. "Twelve-year-old Carrie was a smart girl taking classes for gifted and talented students. One day as she walked home from middle school, a man in a fancy car drove up beside her and told her she was pretty. Though she didn’t tell her parents about him, every day for six months he met her after school and they talked. He bought her small gifts and made her feel special. After six months she finally agreed to get into his car. When the door shut, Carrie’s life changed forever. Her boyfriend drove her far from home and took away her identity. For the next five years, he prostituted Carrie to more than 100 men each month. Taken from state to state, there was no place for her to run, and she was without hope for rescue. Though Carrie was a United States citizen, in the land of liberty she was no longer free. This all-American pre-teen was a slave. (To read more of this blog click on the "Read More" button below)

August 15, 2016
What some claim as biblical advice isn't always biblical.ical

Do you ever get – or give – “biblical advice” that isn’t actually from the Bible?
My guess is that it happens more times than you realize because there are so many secular sayings that sound like they’re from the Bible when they, in fact, are not.
To help you be able to discern the real stuff from the imposter, here are three “verses” that are often quoted as if they’re from Scripture when in fact, they are actually contrary to the truth found in God’s Word:

August 3, 2016

Got stress? It seems to be our constant companion in this life. In fact, stress is trying to be a companion of mine as I write my next book, Drama Free. So, I asked my friend Sally Nance -- who writes a wonderful blog called The Healthy Happy Woman -- to share some practical ways that you and I can stress less. I'm already trying a few of these as I struggle with deadline pressure and they are really helping. So, as I get back to my book-writing deadline, here are some words from Sally that just might change YOUR life, too:

July 18, 2016

Want to drop a few pounds, find more energy, enjoy life,  and live a little longer? The secret is to keep moving. …

July 5, 2016
Inspiring the man in your life

Every week for the past ten years, I’ve received at least one or two emails asking me for marriage or relationship advice. …

June 21, 2016

Before my daughter, Dana. started work at Disneyland  she had to take a class called “Traditions.” In this class, Disney employees (called …

June 7, 2016
Forsaken God book cover

Is Our Culture Forsaking God? Sadly, the answer to that question is “Yes.” That’s what my friend, Janet Thompson, says. She is …

May 24, 2016
Feeling alone?

I think it’s natural for us to feel alone as women. You and I have burdens we carry — emotionally and spiritually. …

May 10, 2016

This morning I found myself focusing on what I don’t have. I hate it when I do that. I have been given …

May 3, 2016

Are you a worrier or a warrior? A worrier is one who tries to fight her own battles of fear, insecurity, and …

April 19, 2016

I’d love to give you ten minutes of encouragement on how you can be a worry-free mom. And if you don’t have …

March 28, 2016

I’ll admit it. I’ve said the words aloud or thought them many times. And I’m guessing you have, too. They’re two of …

March 1, 2016
Reasons why I'm not worrying

There are three things I could really worry and stress about right now. And yet, I’m choosing not to. Here are the …

February 23, 2016
Worried about finding love

Do you ever worry about finding someone? Keeping someone? Marrying someone? As Valentine’s Day approaches, you or someone you know might be …

February 8, 2016

What if I told you that breaking the worry habit is easier than you think? Here are some simple ways to apply the Bible's instruction to our life to worry about nothing, pray about everything, and experience God's peace in return.

January 12, 2016
Worry-free woman

I’m tired of sweating the small stuff. And stressing about the large stuff. And worrying about whatever is in between. So, now …

January 4, 2016

You hear it every year (at least I hope you do!). You might have called it “The Story of Baby Jesus” when …

December 17, 2015

Are you dreading the holidays because of all there is to do? Or all you have to buy? Or all there is …

December 17, 2015

It’s that time of year again…the time of year that stresses your schedule, stretches your patience, and drains your finances. About now …

December 17, 2015

Do you remember what it was like to be in love with God? Do you remember having a passion for Him? It …

December 7, 2015

As the busyness increases this time of year it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isn’t it? You and I have so much to …

December 2, 2015

Do you, too, need more of Jesus and less of yourself? As I was focusing this past week on wanting more of …

November 24, 2015

Today I got to thinking about a concept: More Jesus, less selfie. It goes against everything that’s modeled to us in this …

November 17, 2015

I’m guessing you could use some rest and relief — right now! But taking a vacation or getting a massage or spending …

November 10, 2015
Hope in Him

There’s no magic formula for staying hopeful. But I’m convinced there is One who instills hope in us during even the most …

November 3, 2015

I wonder how often you and I have received God’s touch, but we never knew it was Him. In response to my …

October 27, 2015

Could you use some tips for more effectively hearing God’s voice? This week I asked Author Leighann McCoy to share her insights …

October 20, 2015

Are you considering leaving your church? If so, I want to give you a few things to think about. If you’re leaving …

October 13, 2015

Do you hear God’s voice? Or can you say you even know how to listen for Him? Much confusion exists today about …

October 6, 2015

Would you like to be a happier mom? I’ve asked my friend, Arlene Pellicane, to give you some insights from her wonderful …

September 29, 2015

“Where is God when it hurts?” “Doesn’t He care?” “Why would He let this happen?” Those are questions I often hear from …

September 22, 2015
Desires of your heart

I started thinking today about divine desires. Do my desires truly please God? Are they from Him? Or are they too much …

September 15, 2015
Worry About Nothing

Have you ever wondered what to do when peace seems elusive? Three women emailed me recently to ask how they can find …

September 8, 2015

It’s been one of those weeks. A week in which I had to choose joy. A week in which it seemed like …

September 1, 2015

Are you trying to change your husband?Are you thinking you’d be happier married to someone else? Are you just falling out of …

August 25, 2015

Are you feeling spiritually dry? Do you need to recharge your spiritual battery? A reader recently emailed and said: “I feel so …

August 18, 2015

Are you struggling to forgive someone who has hurt you but hasn’t shown any signs of remorse? In my ongoing blog series …

August 11, 2015

Are you wondering how to recapture your husband’s heart? In my ongoing blog series “Questions Women Ask,” one reader wrote: “I want …

August 4, 2015

Do you ever feel like your pastor is blowing you off? Maybe you just feel like he doesn’t greet you or treat …

July 28, 2015

Do you ever feel like you’re losing your son? Here is a question I received recently in my ongoing blog series on …

July 21, 2015

What does a wife do when her husband cheats? That was the most frequently asked question I received last week since …

July 14, 2015

What if the man you are longing for loves someone else? I am dedicating the next few weeks on my blog to …

July 7, 2015
Hiding place

Do you know what it’s like to experience God as your hiding place? For years, one of my favorite verses in Scripture …

June 30, 2015

It is quite popular these days to be on a search to find yourself. To pull away from friends, family and the …

June 23, 2015

Do you ever feel intimidated as a parent? If so you’re not alone. I’m now a featured blogger at First Corinthians 13 …

June 16, 2015

Are you ready for 4  more things you never have to worry about? I asked you last week to let me know …

June 9, 2015