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Seamless + Proverbs31 Ministries Online Bible Study

The long-kept secret is out! I’ve partnered with my dear friend Lysa Terkeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries to offer Seamless as a FREE Online Bible Study starting Monday, June 25. Register here.

We’ll look at an overview of Scripture, Genesis to Revelation, share new content and freebies (guys! one is a cross stitch pattern and you know how endlessly happy this makes me.), and enjoy discussion with women from around the world. All online!

No need to block out hours of your summer – study your own pace, have content delivered directly to your inbox, and interact with your group as much or as little as your time allows.

So, register here. Get your book. And prepare to laugh, cry, and have God surprise you with His beautiful Word. No matter what spiritual season you’re in or what you may or may not know about Scripture, Seamless is for you.

Praying with anticipation!

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Portion

The Lord has such a beautiful way of reminding us of simple truth, and after a week of questioning some hard places in my life, He did that for me.

She doesn’t know she was a part of it, but I’ll tell her one day when I think she’s old enough to really understand how much it meant to me.

The kitchen was full of noise and kids, and as a few neighbors trickled in I realized we weren’t going to have enough food to go around. Todd and the girls had stopped for sub sandwiches on the way home and that was what looked the most appealing to our guests.

“I’ll share half of mine with you.” Kate said. She started tearing her sandwich in half and handed it to her friend, a huge grin across her face.

I mouthed the words, “I’m proud of you” to her, because Kate giving away food is right up there with resurrection as far as miracles.

She smiled.

Apparently the sweet little guy who works at the sandwich shop had informed the kids that if they would allow him to put a jalepeno in their sandwiches, they would get free cookies. That made me laugh because my girls love spicy food, and a teensy little pepper wasn’t going to get in the way of their sugar fix.

So now we had four cookies and five kids.

Again, Kate assured her friend that she would share hers, and I watched her fingers, dirty from a day’s adventures, carefully separate her cookie into two parts.

I could tell that one was smaller than the other, and I watched her glance from one half to the other, obviously having a mental debate about what she should do. I was subtly watching, curious about how she would handle it.

After about 20 seconds of looking back and forth, she began to pull the smaller one to herself and then thrust it out to Sienna instead. I was proud she shared at all, but secretly I was hoping she would act sacrificially and give the bigger one to her friend.

I acted like I wasn’t watching her, but as they scooted out of the kitchen I heard Kate say to Sienna, “That one has more chocolate chips.”

Immediately I realized what I had misunderstood, and a smile spread across my face as I watched her leave the room.

She wasn’t trying to decide which one was better because of it’s size, but rather which one was better because of it’s quality.

And I wonder how many times I shake my head in disappointment because I’m frustrated that the Lord has given me the smaller portion, not realizing He has chosen the best based on a characteristic that I don’t use to assess the options.

She was counting, not debating.

And she gave away what was best in her eyes.

I know He does the same, and today I am thanking Him for that. I may not understand the scale or the process behind the decision, but I am grateful that He is trustworthy and faithful in His care.

It’s a quick story, but I hope it will challenge you today as it has me. Don’t assume He has withheld the best from you because it doesn’t look the way you thought it would. He knows what we need and how we should receive it, and I for one am going to make a point of enjoying my portion more with that in mind.

He doesn’t give us second-best, but He sure might teach us to second-guess what we’re given, daily learning to accept and rejoice that which comes from His hand.

Praying that today is a day where you do the same, and that you are reminded of the way He lovingly enters into our lives and specifically feeds us what is best.

Thank you, sweet Kate, for reminding me that we don’t see our lives through His lens. If we did, we would surely thank Him, following Him like children into the sunshine with full mouths and content hearts.

He is always good, isn’t He?

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Join Me on the Sandi Patty Cruise in 2014!

I have about 15 different posts that have been working their way out of my head after I FINALLY turned in my manuscript a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to share more about what’s been going on in our lives (not much, which is why it’s so fantastic:)) and also to get your opinions on a few struggles I’ve faced recently. I’m learning more and more that it really does take a village, and sometimes it’s best to just ask others how they’ve managed and see what you can glean. All that to say, I’m soaking up some summer and enjoying some breathing room. I hope you all are doing the same!

Next year, I have the incredible honor of being a part of a fantastic adventure, and I want to invite you all to come along. I know it’s not easy to plan for these kinds of things (financially, time-wise etc), but if it fits with where you are, I would love to encourage you to join us. The ship is incredible, and all of the destinations are spectacular. We’re taking the whole family!!! Anyway, I wanted to mention it in the hopes that you might be able to steal away with us for a bit 🙂 In addition to moi, here’s the funtastic lineup:)

Sandi Patty
Selah
Larnelle Harris
Sheila Walsh
Anita Renfroe
Wayne Watson
Jim Lyon

The boat leaves February 23-March 2, 2014. You can find more details or sign up here. YAY!!!!!!