Just because I'm crazy doesn't mean I'm wrong.

Queen of Influence

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 [...]

The Jezebel Effect

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.  [...]

Rear View

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 [...]

Job's Wife: How to Be Unhelpful

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 [...]

It's All His

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 [...]

We Are Hosea's Wife

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 [...]

Passing the Torch

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 [...]

The Jezebel Effect

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.  [...]

She Said "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 [...]

She Said "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 [...]