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The Holiday Pressure to Perform

That Holiday Pressure to Perform

For many, Christmas can’t come fast enough! The twinkling lights with decorations of gold stir up warm memories of time with family and friends. For others … the holidays bring pressure. Even now, that stress across your shoulders is heavy. It feels like we even need confidence to “do” Christmas. What do you need to do but lack the confidence or courage to do it? Maybe it has nothing to do with the holidays at all. You want, you need to go back to college. Give a presentation. Look for a new job or go for that promotion. Move to…

Life on Purpose: Embracing Gray Adolescence

Life On Purpose: Embracing Gray Adolescence

One of the greatest things I get to do in life is meet other women through the times I get to serve as a speaker at events. I never know who God is going to cross my paths with. I never can predict how a conversation at my book table might result in the beginning of something more. I had the privilege of meeting Rebecca at a conference and immediately could see the promise of what God might have in store for her. It’s been such a blessing to get to know her since that time. Although she has chosen…

When Your Girl Faces the Hard Days

Two Ways to Respond When Your Girl Faces the Hard Days {Giveaway}

We’re thrilled to have Teri Lynne Underwood with us sharing from her heart the real struggles and joy of walking through life with our girls. Teri Lynne is a pastor’s wife, ministry speaker, and Bible teacher. As the founder of www.PrayersforGirls.com, Teri Lynne is a cheerleader for girl moms and the author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. Connect with Teri Lynne on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram. Be sure to read through to the end for a sweet giveaway!   She climbed in the car crying. Again. I knew better than to ask.…

The Significance of a Sister Circle

The Significance of a Sister Circle

After the family funeral, one of the older women approached me in the buffet line between scooping spoons of mac and cheese and chicken piccata onto my plate. Another peppered my daughter with questions through the stall door of the church’s ladies room. A third struck up a conversation with my son while waiting to greet the family after the memorial service. They spoke as if they knew the intimate details of our lives, asking questions only a magician, or someone in the family’s inner circle, could pluck out of blue sky and thin air. When my son turned to…

The Year I Needed to Endure

The Year I Needed to Endure

We’re in the final days of 2016, and it feels good. Christmas is just days away and then we’ll be celebrating the new year. I don’t know about you, but this has been a particularly hard year for me. Going into 2016, I thought it would be the year that many of my hopes and dreams would come true. I had been pursuing the things I thought were important. I firmly believed I was honoring God with my life, and I still believe I was. But even so – even with my best intentions, the past year turned out to…

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