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Beth and I are kicking off a series about Royals with one of my favs, Esther. See Beth’s study here. My takeaway: I was at a conference my friend created a few years ago and discovered my greatest impact is thru relationship. As a performer, that was humbling. Do any of us realize the affect we have on each other? Nope. And I think that’s true for many of us. Esther used her influence to save lives, and you can, too. Here’s the breakdown: 1. Love others. 2. Be available. So often we overthink things. Maybe it’s because we want to change the world. Maybe it’s because we want to be a big deal. Maybe we (cough) enjoy the limelight. We look for that dare to be great situation, when really we should be looking for that dare to love situation. God has placed you here. God saw a problem and…

As a kid, I remember overhearing jokes about women who wore too much makeup being “Jezebels”. I happen to love makeup and dressing up so the term is very derogatory – citing that women do these things with purpose of seduction. Beth teaches on Jezebel here – giving a brief history lesson on who she was & how she was Queen of all control freaks. Jezebel was scary and intimidating and the perfect example of what not to do. She is proof of how powerful women are. When you can scare off a prophet, I’d say you’re powerfully terrifying and horrible. But what of those of us who are strong willed yet place ourselves in God’s hands – relinquishing control? We live a life without limits. How can that be? When you live within the boundaries of His love, you actually go farther than you ever dreamed. A life without limits…

I’m guilty of maybe glancing in my rear-view too much these days. My boys are either engulfed in a Disney movie, singing along or trying to murder each other in the backseat. It’s dangerous though, to have that beautiful distraction; I love those sweet little rascals. My eyes and focus must be on the road and what’s happening around me. I mean, since I don’t own a sweet Tesla that can drive for me or even predict when an accident is about to happen. So, until I become independently wealthy, I must remain diligent. Beth and I are taking a look at Lot’s wife. Her city is about to go up in flames and she’s being accompanied by members of the angelic army. What was this chick thinking? What made her look back? Mourning. She was grieving the life she was leaving. A person who looks back is someone who…

I love Beth’s compassionate take on Job’s wife. Beth sites her biting words as being spoken from a place of grief. I’m not as nice as Beth. The saying is true: hurt people hurt people. But honestly, this is a hot button issue for me. Your grief doesn’t give you the right to knock someone else down. I do not relate to this at all. When I hurt deeply, I tend to put some distance between me and people because I feel emotionally compromised- & I keep my circle small during that season for support. Being kicked when you’re down is real. And I think believers in Jesus do it more than non-Christians. I call it “friendly fire”. I think it’s often/mostly unintentional. It’s why people leave the church and never return. It’s why some people give up on their dreams and in extreme cases- leave their faith. I’m terribly…

Beth & I are looking at Potiphar’s wife today. Check out her teaching. Go on. I’ll wait. The other day I told Wyatt to treat my toys & stuff nice. He said, “Mom, these are MY toys.” I said, “Son, those belong to me. Everything in this house belongs to me & dad- INCLUDING YOU.” I instantly felt convicted. I felt the Lord tell me “Everything you are & have belongs to me.” I’ve been going through some stuff lately. Sort of a “what am I doing with my life” type thing. Feeling sort of stuck. But I came to the conclusion that either I’m going to believe God works all things together for my good – OR NOT. Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph and when he ran from her, she falsely accused him. What she didn’t know is that is ALL BELONGS TO GOD, ANYWAY. And though imprisoned…

Beth is teaching on Hosea’s wife, Gomer, today.  It’s easy to look at certain people, especially those in the Bible, and look at them as cautionary tales.  I thought of this song by Brooke Fraser, and I love it because it reminds me that we are all sinners. We are all Hosea’s wife. https://youtu.be/LohEZEdQjjA Hosea’s Wife by Brooke Fraser I just spoke silence with the seeker next to me She had a heart with hesitant, halting speech That turned to mine and asked belligerently “What do I live for?” I see the scars of searches everywhere I go From hearts to wars to literature to radio There’s a question like a shame no one will show “What do I live for?” We are Hosea’s wife We are squandering this life Using people like ladders and words like knives [Chorus] If we’ve eyes to see If we’ve ears to hear To…

Every Monday, Beth & I do a collaborate blog. She is a dear friend and mentor to me. She’s writing about Ruth (tomorrow), but I’m writing about her. Beth had led the women’s ministry at our church for over 20 years. That’s a long time to do ANYTHING. She has served faithfully and humbly in some form or another her entire life. I just love and respect her more than I can say. When we began blogging about a year ago, we didn’t know that the Lord would be preparing her for what is next. Beth is stepping out of the leadership role in women’s ministry and into a role where she’ll be mentoring! What’s equally amazing is that Beth is passing the torch to my dear friend, Jeni. We put together this video tribute to Beth. https://youtu.be/TH6ut_y6RVU Beth, the best is yet to come!

As a kid, I remember overhearing jokes about women who wore too much makeup being “Jezebels”. I happen to love makeup and dressing up so the term is very derogatory – citing that women do these things with purpose of seduction. Beth teaches on Jezebel here – giving a brief history lesson on who she was & how she was Queen of all control freaks. Jezebel was scary and intimidating and the perfect example of what not to do. She is proof of how powerful women are. When you can scare off a prophet, I’d say you’re powerfully terrifying and horrible. But what of those of us who are strong willed yet place ourselves in God’s hands – relinquishing control? We live a life without limits. How can that be? When you live within the boundaries of His love, you actually go farther than you ever dreamed. A life without limits…

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom. So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his trophy wife. He sent for her, she refused. This did not go over well. It cost her everything. It cost her her crown. Here’s a few thoughts about the word “no”: “No” has a price. It’ll cost you something. It can cost you everything. Expect opposition. When you take a stand, not everyone is going to understand or agree with your “no”. No means no.

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom. So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his trophy wife. He sent for her, she refused. This did not go over well. It cost her everything. It cost her her crown. Here’s a few thoughts about the word “no”: “No” has a price. It’ll cost you something. It can cost you everything. Expect opposition. When you take a stand, not everyone is going to understand or agree with your “no”. No means no.