Archive | July 2012

A Rainbow

A rainbow.

A rainbow will always get your attention.

You can ignore the clouds … forget to gaze at many stars … and even look away from the stoic sun in the sky. But a rainbow? Everyone notices a rainbow!

When I was pregnant with our first child in the days before parents found out whether they were having a boy or a girl, I decided not to decorate the nursery in the neutral yellows or greens but to splash a rainbow of colors in this miraculous room.

While I was gathering multi-colored fabrics, a variety of brilliant stuffed creatures and significant pictures for the walls of the nursery, I found a needlepoint picture that declared, “God keeps every promise He makes!” Sewn on this dear picture was a tiny ark and a gigantic rainbow!

What a great picture to place in the room of our newborn baby! What a great promise from God’s heart into my life!

I saw a rainbow last night in the Florida sky and it captured my attention in an extraordinary way!

I have spent the last weeks at 2 conferences in Florida … both of which were “dreams come true” for me.

The first was a conference for women who are committed to writing and speaking the message that God has laid on our hearts. It was humbling to be in a room filled with passionate women who are truly making a difference at this time in history. As I said before, it was a dream come true …

The second conference was the International Christian Retailers and Sellers Conference. At this conference, among other things, Christian publishing houses tout their new books and authors. It was like going to the best and biggest Christian bookstore in the entire world!

I tentatively entered the ICRS conference center last Sunday afternoon and wondered where my publisher, Harrison House, would be found among the 100’s of others. I had barely turned one corner when there it was! The Harrison House booth! And as my eyes turned toward their display case … there was my book on their front shelf … “Holy Estrogen!”

Have I told you that all of this was “a dream come true”?!

What did I do to deserve this?! What did I do to deserve radio interviews, TV interviews, and a book signing at the most prestigious Christian bookseller convention in the world?

I believe that the answer to that question was found in the rainbow that I saw last night in the humid Florida sky. That miraculous rainbow was a reminder that God really does keep every promise that He makes.

So perhaps what I experienced in Florida was not a “dream come true” at all … but a promise kept by the best Promise-Keeper of all eternity!

What are you praying for? A baby? A new job? A healing in a relationship?

What have you been waiting for? A financial breakthrough? A respite from the stress of life? A new home?

What has God promised you? Are you leaning into the Word of God as you wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life?

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me,” David said in Psalm 138.

Next time you see a rainbow … I hope that you remember. I hope that you remember that God keeps His promises and that He will surely accomplish what concerns you!

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21 Things to Always Remember

Most of you know my testimony.  I have five children on earth and five children in heaven.  After giving birth to 2 lively, precious little boys … we sent five babies back to heaven to the arms and heart of Jesus.

Then … God gave us another son.  A blessing.  A living and breathing miracle. A tangible example that God really does answer relentless and persistent prayer.

And then … because I am selfish I wanted more babies.  And because God is good He gave me the desire of my heart.

Two darling daughters were delivered into my heart. My world went from choo-choo trains and ball gloves to dolls and ribbons and lace.   How could one woman experience such extravagant blessing?!

My boys have long since flown from my little nest … and my girls are not far behind.  Both of my girls are seniors this year.  One in college and one in high school.  They have grown into my very best friends.  And, as a gift to them, I have written this blog.  21 things to always remember … from Mom to Joy-Belle and Joni Becca-Becca.

I hope that written between the lines of my heart … you will find this is a gift to you as well.

1 – You can always find your happy heart no matter how sad your circumstances may seem.  Always.

2 – It really is more important to be kind than to be pretty.

3 – You can never read, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Anne of Green Gables” or “Little Women” too many times.

4 – Choose your intimate friends wisely.  Choose women who will encourage and believe the best.  Choose women who will tell you the truth.  Choose women who refuse to gossip and are kinder to you than you deserve.

5 – Do not ever accrue financial indebtedness.  You will regret it for the rest of your life.  If you can’t pay cash for it … you don’t need it and really don’t want it.

6 – Drink coffee, tea and hot chocolate from only beautiful mugs.  It will make you feel better.  I promise.

7 – Hold your babies.  Don’t let them cry. Rock them and sing to them.  This is the most productive and important work of your life.

8 – Go to a Bible Study.  Wherever you are in life – find a women’s Bible Study and go faithfully.  You will never walk in victory without a strong commitment to studying the Word of God.

9 – Tell someone that you love them every day.  Laugh every day.  Serve someone every day.  Say an encouraging word to someone every day.  The blessing is enormous.  These “someone’s” could be strangers or intimate friends.  Care deeply about the people whom God places in your pathway daily.

10 – Please don’t ever gossip.  Gossip is worse than being in financial ruin.  Someone else’s life is within the power of your tongue.  Use your tongue as an instrument of blessing and not as a lethal weapon of destruction.

11 – “I am sorry” are perhaps the three most powerful words you will ever say.  Be quick to repent and then ask for forgiveness.  You are not perfect and will make mistakes.  Although you are not perfect, you can be powerful when you sincerely say these three words, “I am sorry.”

12 – “I forgive you” are perhaps the three most powerful words you will ever say.  Forgiving someone may not change the past but it will change the future.  Forgiving someone will always change your perspective on the past.  Do it quickly and do it completely.

13 – Don’t just read the twaddle of the day.  Read the classics.  Read the great works of theologians from other historical junctures.  Read great biographies of men and women who lived great lives.  What you read becomes a part of you.

14 – Listen to music.  Don’t just listen to the funk and junk of current culture.  Listen to Chopin and Gershwin … to Beethoven and Schubert.  Listen to the great hymns of faith that thousands before have sung with passion and courage.  The music that you listen to becomes a part of you.

15.   Remember that October 1 is the “First Official Day of Christmas Music Season.”  It is a national holiday.

16.   Always develop friendships with children and with older people.  When you have children in your life, you will always be filled with hope, possibilities and dreams.  When you have older people in your life, you will always be filled with wisdom, perspective and stability.

17.   Choose a noble man.  Choose a man who causes you to love God more.  Choose a man of honor and integrity.  Choose a man who loves to pray.  Choose a man who makes your heart do somersaults. 🙂

18.   You are a princess.  You are the daughter of the King.  Royal blood is flowing through your veins.  Live like a princess.  Yours is a kingdom of joy and peace … of hope and goodness.  Share your kingdom with everyone you meet.

19.   You are not a princess.  The world does not revolve around you.  You are a servant who is here to make everyone else’s life easier and better.

20.  I love you.  I have loved you since the first moment that I knew you were growing inside of me.  I believe in you and am cheering for you.  Can you hear me?  I will never stop cheering and I will never stop loving you.  You are always … always … in my heart.

21 – The most important choice you will make in life is to read your Bible every day.  Treasure the moments that you spend in the Word.  When you indulge in this daily discipline of reading the Word, you will surely become the woman that God has imagined from the beginning of time.