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New Book & FREE Excerpt

Remember the post about Owning Your Calendar that was inspired by Author,Tricia Goyer?  Back in October I had the privilege of meeting Tricia. She is a lover of Christ, her hubby and her children and I am honored to know her. Today I want to share with you Lead Your Family Like Jesus, a book Tricia has teamed with New York Times Best Selling Author Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges to write. Because as parents we impact not only our children, but generations to come, the family is probably the most powerful life-role leadership position we’ll ever hold!

I have been reading and re-reading through this book, staring and underlining, since I joined the launch team in October at Allume. I can say this is a powerful book for FAMILIES...not just moms or dads...but for both to read and gain insight from. Each chapter is written by one author, from their perspective, and because of this format, the truths expressed appeal to a much greater audience. Anyone can find an author to identify with!

Here are a few quotes I have underlined in my copy:

"And that's the key to leading a family like Jesus-not only following His example, but relying on His presence within us. It's our lives connected to His." ~Ken Blanchard

"If parents live out their values, kids are ready to follow suit. Jesus lived His values of loving God and loving His neighbors all the way to the cross: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)" ~Tricia Goyer

"We're ordained by God as our children's primary instructors and models of what it means to be in an obedience. To small children, parents are the image of God. How they see you is how they'll be inclined to see Him. How you treat them will either inspire willing obedience or willful resistance in their relationship with you-you and ultimately with God. In other words, what they see is what you get." ~Phil Hodges

As part of this launch team, I get to share with you an excerpt from Lead Your Family Like Jesus!

Click here for 5 Ways Not to Edge God Out of Your Family.

And don't forget to pre-order your copy before March 20th to receive extra goodies! You can pre-order at Amazon,  Christian Books, or Barnes & Noble.

Come back for an interview with won't want to miss it!


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Christmas Challenge

Thanksgiving has come and passed...sigh...

intentional living

I am now turning my attentions to the hustle and bustle of the coming Holiday...Christmas.  I DO enjoy Christmas. I am looking forward to joining creation as we Praise the Father for Jesus' birth, life, death and Resurrection...showering gifts on my sweeties, friends and family...more good food...festivities that bring people together...Joyous music that exaults the Lord... and even the conclusion of the Christmas season as a New Year is Born.

The Christmas Holiday is fleeting.  Then Holiday bustles in and and leaves with a whirlwind of activities. If your not careful, you will miss it!  I am again reminding myself to be intentional with Christmas and all it entails. Soon the gifts will be gone, trees taken down and as a society we will be looking forward to Valentine's day.

My challenge to you is to take time to ask yourself WHY you do what you do.  Are you moved by conviction or the Spirit or do you act out of tradition and rote...because that's the way you've always done it.  Now...surrender to your Savior and ask HIM what this season is to look like for you and your family...what Peace will befall you!

Merry Christmas!

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Yesterday during school, yes we home school in the summer, we read about France's Revolution and then about the Reign of Terror.  I found myself holding back tears and trying to read with a lump in my throat.   Don't get me wrong, I understand war.  I understand why we have them and I think our men and women who serve this country are worthy of great honor! But the French Revolution was nothing like the American Revolution.  It ended nothing like the American Revolution.  I was so saddened by the accounts of Robespierre's "Reign of Terror".  Although the visual in my head about the guillotine is awful, the most heart-wrenching accounts were of the people celebrating in the spilled blood of those beheaded (many of who were innocent men, women, elderly and children)

My thought was "how do you get to the point in your thinking where soaking up blood on your handkerchief is joyous and a sign of victory?"  I don't know the answer to this.

I do know that there were people like that when Jesus spilled his blood for us.  There were men and women who celebrated at every lash of the whip, every chunk of flesh and every drop of blood that he gave for us.  My question now is "How do we get to the point in our thinking that NONE of that moves us?"  How do we become seared to the pain, embarrassment and torture our Savior endured so that we could spend eternity with him?

I don't want to be more moved by a history lesson than I am by the sacrifice my Lord and Savior Jesus made for me.   I don't want to be seared of the feelings of deep gratitude and profound, utter thankfulness to the one who paid the price for MY sin.

My prayer is that the Bible, all that is in it, would move me.  That it would spur me on to be a better wife, mother, daughter and friend.  That I would not take my FREEDOM lightly.  That I would be thankful for the life God has given me and that I would "Walk in the Fullness of God's Calling on My Life."  That I would bring honor and praise and glory to his name because it is REAL.

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