How to say “Yes” to God

2017-09-22T00:58:01+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I don't know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom, and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him, and to be truthful it [...]

How to teach what “being beautiful” looks like

2017-09-22T00:58:09+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Confidence, Parenting, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Teach your daughter what being beautiful is all about Our culture emphasizes outward beauty, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The question is: How do we teach this to our girls? “Do I look beautiful, Mommy?” My three-year-old daughter gazes up at me with big brow eyes, eagerly anticipating my response. She looks [...]

How to talk to God

2017-09-22T00:58:57+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Prayer, Time with God|Tags: , , , |

Do you wonder if God is out there listening? Do you question if He cares? Many of us want to talk to God—to pray—but we don’t know how to start. Here are some things that might help:  You don’t need a specific place to pray . . . but finding “a prayer place” might help. [...]

The spiritual life of a reader

2017-09-18T14:45:36+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , |

I remember the first Christian novel I ever read. It was Love Comes Softly by Jeanette Oke. I was in high school, and my spiritual life was a mess. Around this time I was also reading things like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Pet Cemetery by Steven King—books that truly vexed my soul. Reading [...]

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