Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Immerse 2015 is Coming!

How I love this gal. It will be Anita Renfroe's third appearance at Immerse 2015 and I can.not.wait.
But to tide myself over, I'm watching this video. Over and over again. Such wisdom. Such a timely topic.
Those ain't pants.

Be sure and get your Early Bird discount tickets for Immerse 2015 at LifeAustin for Saturday, October 17, 2015. Food trucks will be on site for dinner and treats, doors open at 5:45pm and then Immerse kicks off at 6:30pm. Can't wait to see you there!

Click here to get your tickets!

And, Anita, I'm taking your message seriously. I'm re-evaluating my definition of pants. You, my friend, are a humanitarian.




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Monday, July 20, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Romancing the Home

I'm blogging this week over at Spirit 1059 about Romancing the Home. Yep. All about PDA and Mike and marriage. Check it out by clicking here!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

FREE Summer Bible Study!


With all the activities and travel and sunshine of summer, it can be a challenge to stay in the groove of staying in the Word. That's why I'm so, so, so excited to offer an online option for you for the summer.

And then this...

It's FREE!

It's called The Footnotes and it's fresh off the digital press!
Here's the deets.

I go to the grocery store. I answer the emails. I drop off the kids and then I pick them back up. I reload the washing machine. I finish a project at work just to begin another one. In the repetition and minutiae of it all, I sometimes have to wonder. Does it all count toward something? Will it make a difference? Can God use it? Over seven billion people currently live on this globe and an estimated one hundred eight billion people have passed this way over time. It's understandable that we would stand back on occasion and question if we will leave a legacy, if we really will be able to speak into future lives. Or will we be just a footnote in a list somewhere?

There are about thirty-three hundred specific people mentioned in the Bible and of those, many are just one-liners, anonymous or a passing mention. In our study Bibles, they're often just a footnote in the margin. And yet, if we're willing to look a little deeper, their lives have many lessons to teach. The Footnotes, my newest online, free Bible study, will take a closer look at some of the stories and people you may have breezed by in the past. The footnotes I call The Reputation, The Bridge, The Wrestler, The Messenger, The Heckler and The Career are people who didn't make a best-known list, but their lives still speak in to ours today. We'll cover some hidden history, take a look at fascinating facts and learn how to apply the lessons of The Footnotes to our lives today. Join me for a six week study that will sharpen your sleuthing skills and heighten your awareness of some of the 'smaller' stories of the Bible while gaining insight for living today.

Each week, you'll receive an email with the link for the newest video lesson and a pdf file with listening guide, discussion questions and guided journaling for the week. You can take it at your own pace, from wherever your summer plans take you. We'll also weave in some interesting local history as well.

We'll launch June 28th, 2015, and you'll have access to that week's video lesson and study guide pdf to do on your time, whether on the road, poolside or on the run. If you'd like to do it as a small group study with your friends, awesome! You can customize it to work with your summer schedule. Can't wait to show you some of the amazing people and hidden stories from the Bible, around the Austin area and even a little something from my ancestors. Sign up today!

Register for our FREE online Bible study!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

live large. laugh loud. love hard. leave a lesson.

I've had this posted over in the sidebar but thought I would make it a bit easier to find. This was my Mother's Day message this year. Hope it speaks to you. live large. laugh loud. love hard. leave a lesson.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Choosing: Rachelle Dekker

Today's a big day.

Rachelle Dekker's novel is officially on the shelves.

The Choosing.

It's the first in a trilogy. And I have the feeling that I'll be engaging in some serious sleep procrastination to read into the wee hours. (You can order The Choosing here, both print and digital).

Rachelle got a pretty compelling guy to interview her about the development of the book and what the journey has been like. He's written a bit himself. And he's related to her. As in her dad, Ted Dekker. Check out the interview here.

Congrats, Rachelle. Can't wait to now get to take the reading journey you've been writing.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pick the Pic: #amwriting

All right, team, needing some help here. One of the interesting aspects of writing are all the components along the way that aren't writing. The contracts and marketing decisions and social media planning and on and on. It's fascinating, it's sort of like extended homework, and there are lots of decisions and calls to make right now for a book that won't be on the shelves for another year or so.

Like this decision.

Which pic to pick to put on the cover.

The amazing Shannon Lafayette lent her photography skills to the first part of this equation, but now I could use your help. Which picture should make the cover? We're a house divided over here, so I'd love to hear your input. Just vote in the poll below and let me know! Is it option #1...

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...or is it option #2?

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