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Fast Food Diva Devotions to Go is filled with humorous stories that meet women on the go where they spend much of their time, waiting in line at fast food restaurants.

Fast Food Diva’s Devotions to Go helps women make healthier fast food choices for themselves and their families by offering menu suggestions from many fast food chains.

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The Guilty Mommy Back-to-School Bible Study: Sticks & Stones

Words Can Hurt

“Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”” Mark 7:14-15 NIV

“Sticks & stone can break my bones but words can never hurt me!” Boy were they wrong! I heard this chant dozens of times growing up. It made sense. If someone hit you with a stick or a rock, you could be seriously hurt. Words, we thought, caused no permanent damage. I say again, BOY were we wrong!

We now know that words cause lasting damage. We heal from the physical wounds, not that anyone should ever resort to physical violence. The emotional & psychological wounds caused by harsh words leave wounds that may never heal.

Kids have always been harsh when it comes to words. They say hurtful things without thinking. They may apologize for their words but they may not be able to eliminate the pain or the memory. It was like this when I was a kid & it is still the same. Unfortunately, now it is even worse.

The anonymity & immediacy of the internet allow kids to hurl incredibly hurtful words at others. We have seen the tragic results when a child is brutally attacked with words online. Too many have been driven to harm themselves, even kill themselves. Kids need to learn that words have consequences. Words can cause permanent damage & drive others to take actions that create even deeper wounds.

Children must also understand they can’t hide behind the anonymity of the internet forever. People always find out who is behind hurtful words & these actions have a way of coming back on them. As Jesus says in the verse above, it is what comes out of a person’s mouth that defiles them. I also think it is what defines them. God does not approve of trash coming out of our mouths. As parents, we must watch over our words & we must remind our children that words leave lasting marks that scar both the receiver & the giver.

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Everywhere you look, some form of media is presenting images of women as absolute benchmarks for beauty. Society would have us to believe that all women are to resemble these often unrealistic images. Diva’s Devotions to Go studies God’s purpose in making each of us unique and helps women to accept and appreciate their own beauty.

This thirty-day study takes a woman through laughter and tears, self-assessment and prayer and to the root of her special beauty. Each woman is beautiful inside and out and why shouldn’t she be, she was created by the master creator. Every woman is a diva, meant to live life with humble confidence and appreciation for her creator and to live life abundantly. Divinely inspired life is Diva-licious!

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I Am Wonderfully Made

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My darling husband, the infamous Mr. D. is always asking me, “Do you EVER listen to yourself when you are speaking at an event or teaching a group?” He thinks he knows so much but in this case, I know what he means. I tell the women in my Tuesday Bible Study that those of us that preach or teach in the church tend to speak on the topics we most need to hear. (I won’t even go into the ramifications of THAT!)
I tend to talk a lot about self confidence & listening to God to get direction for your life. Believe, I DO listen. Sometimes, I simply get sidetracked, distracted if you will. And I have paid a price for this, not only in wasted time but in terrible anxiety which was mostly God’s urging that I was ignoring.
Many, many years ago, God shared an idea that grew into Simple Joy. I accepted His challenge to begin teaching about the relationship between stress, joy & the Holy Spirit. This was at a time when NO ONE was talking about the affect of stress on our lives let along the power of joy. Still, I kept on & was able to share the message with women across the country. Then I became too clever by half.
I won’t detail the ways I went wrong. Let’s say I lost site of the vision God had shared. I thought I needed to wrap His message in a cute package that women would love. They would come flocking to me to hear my words of wisdom. Can you believe it didn’t work? Can you believe it took me so long to see my mistake & try to back track?
Unfortunately, by the time I tried to reclaim my original message, all kinds of people had jumped on the simplification band wagon. And they were doing very well sharing their message. I tried to lure my audience back but I only looked like a late comer to the show. Not only a late comer but a late comer that needed to piggy back on the success of others. No one remembered how I had once led this parade. When I say it made me sad, I really mean it.
For a year or more, I only went through the motions. I saw no results from my work. I bounced from one project to the other, hoping the next one would be the magic formula to bring back my former glory. Didn’t happen. Then, I decided to take Mr. D’s advice & listen to things I was telling women in my Bible Study, especially when it came to listening to God’s words & focusing on His vision for my work.
So, I needed to go into the closet. No, that’s not an expression. Our home is light & bright with an open floor plan. When I need to pray hard & focus on the answers, I take a chair into our walk-in closet. I sat in the dark & prayed hard. And then I shut up so I could hear what God had to say to me. It was very simple & so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it.
But enough for now. In my next post, I’ll share the answer God gave me as I sat in the dark closet & what that means for me & Mr. D in the days ahead!

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Is it time to clean out your spiritual closet & update your faith wardrobe? When you go out each day, you might look fabulous on the outside but your spiritual wardrobe may be in tatters. Dressed Up Moms’ Devotions to Go offers you “fashion” advice that is eternal. Dressed Up Moms’ uses a theme Scripture verse & devotional with a wardrobe metaphor that encourage you to use the Master Designer’s wardrobe recommendations for daily dressing.

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Enjoy our FREE Digital Book: Divas in Disguise

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Bible, too. Some of these women were desperate divas who thought they had everything figured out but really were self-centered and off-track. Others were divas in disguise – the kind of women most people might not want to socialize with but who actually were smarter than the others thought.

Divas in Disguise takes a closer look at some of these well-known (and not- so-well-known) women. Each day’s reading connects her story to today’s world, making it easy to see how we can learn from her all these years later.

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Enjoy our FREE Digital Book: Diva Delights Devotions to Go

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Wear your Diva lenses as you turn the pages in Diva Delights Devotions to Go and find “aha” moments– a memory triggered by eating a favorite snack once enjoyed with friends, a remarkable object lesson hidden in a household gadget, treasures uncovered in basement storage bins, or God’s faithfulness accompanying you as you develop stretch marks! Diva Delights Devotions to Go will lift your spirit as you discover your extraordinary treasures in ordinary days.

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Enjoy FREE Digital Book: Discouraged Moms Devotions to Go

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Discouraged Moms’ Devotions to Go is written for the wife and mother who is overwhelmed by the fast-paced lifestyle most women are expected to live today. She may be struggling with health issues such as fatigue or simply may feel unfulfilled or unhappy because she is not living the life she thought she would be living.

This book is designed to help the reader draw closer to God and reach for the dreams He as placed on her heart. Learning to balance mind, body and spirit, discouraged moms uncover the authentic woman God created her to be, the woman she has always wanted to be.

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Caregivers’ Devotions to Go is for young moms, grandmothers, adult children and many others given the charge of caring for another person. It offers encouragement for a difficult task and gives both professional and family caregivers a breath of fresh air to continue the assignment God has given them.

The Scriptures and stories in this book encourage the caregiver as they receive a blessing from the Lord for having a servant’s heart. It helps caregivers know they are not alone in the task set before them. It uses Scripture to help the caregiver see those in their care through the eyes of God – as fearfully and wonderfully made individuals.

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The Guilty Mommy Back-to-School Bible Study

Patience & Persistence

Good Habits Begin Early

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Patience and persistence. These are the tools parents need in order to develop good habits in their children. Unfortunately, nagging & short tempers are the tools we use most often.

Developing good habits in children is not an overnight task. It takes time, lots & lots of time! Too often, we end up frustrated & our kids end up in tears. Or even worse, we both end up being stubborn, digging in our heels, determined not to give an inch. What fun!

You might wonder why bother. Some of the bad habits or lack lack of good habits really isn’t a big deal. Just let it slide & over time, kids come around. Not so fast. It seems to be human nature to do what is easy rather than what is right. And when someone, like Mom, comes along behind kids to take care of things, well, there never seems to be any reason to change. After all, things seem to be working so well. And suddenly, one day you realize your kids have managed to train YOU rather than you training them! Sigh!

It is also important to remember that you aren’t just developing good habits in your children for today but also for tomorrow & all the tomorrows that follow. The verse for this study tells us a child does not turn from the teaching of their parents as they get older. Oh, they may take a short detour from time to time. If, however, you have consistently instilled good habits in your children, they eventually return to those ways. It is what feels comfortable to them, what makes them feel at home.

As the school year begins, it is a great time to consider the bad habits or lack of good habits your children may have & determine how you might raise them up in the way they should go. Here are some of the areas you might consider:

Sense of Urgency: Kids have so may things to distract the from the tasks they should be doing. They also have a never ending list of excuses for getting it done later. Time to break the habit of procrastination & focus on helping your kids get things out of the way immediately. Rather than spending Sunday afternoon & evening rushing to complete homework & projects that are due the next day. Get into the habit of having kids work on homework & projects immediately when the get home from school. Give them & you more time if there is a problem. Save everyone the tears & frustration caused by waiting until the last minute.

Becoming & Staying Organized: How many mornings do you spend rushing around the house, searching for a misplaced item that your child must have for school that day? Take time to find an effective way to help kids keep their school supplies & materials organized to prevent those frenzied morning searches.

Good Manners: Oh see you rolling your eyes! I’m sure you think good manners are outdated. That no one cares about that anymore. After all, times change! Yes, they changed a lot between 1800 & 1900 yet good manners still existed & were expected. Times always change yet some things remain timeless. Like good manners. Good manners enable all of us to relax & know we are doing the right thing even if no one else is following suit. I have always believed in setting & maintaining a high standard, not in a judgmental way but in a way that makes me feel comfortable. I won’t lower myself to the standards of others. And yet, I am comfortable in their presence. My goal is not to make anyone else uncomfortable. I don’t expect everyone to behave the same way I do.

Good manners are not hard rules concerning which fork to use with each food served. Good manners are about treating other people decently. We are all made in the image of God. Good manners is showing respect to each image. Being rude to others is not just showing them disrespect, it is also a matter of showing disrespect to God. Jesus told us to treat our neighbors as we would treat ourselves. This means being courteous to others.

Take time to teach your children courtesy & good manners. And remember, the best way to do this is by modeling good behavior yourself.