repost: She Speaks Conference w/Proverbs 31 Ministries

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 ESV

Ohh I know I’ve blogged MANY times about the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks Conference! It’s happening right now, and I’m missing it again!

For those attending for the first time, or even if this is your fifth time, I hope you enjoy it immensely. It’s worth the investment.

My experience at the 2015 conference is one of the highlights of my spiritual journey. I invite you to read about it here. I’ll be there next year!

Me with Lysa TerKeurst at She Speaks 2015


summer inspired: favorite quotes and posts so far…

But these are written so that you may believe… ‭‭John‬ ‭20:31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Nothing inspires and revives me more than words. My soul comes to life when I read a good book, listen to the lyrics in a favorite song, or even see them shared across social media. Once I get that HOOK? Y’all, I’m in!

Speaking of revivin’ and souls coming to life, summer tends to do that to us also, doesn’t it? When my (latest) favorite quotes and readings combine with my (all-time) favorite season, I gain the ultimate inspiration. Enjoy it with me…  Continue reading

live. better.

This is the day the Lord has made… Psalm 118:24

I look cute in my picture in the graphic below, amen? Grinnin’ as far as the east is from the west… The pic was taken by a colleague on March 16, my 45th birthday. FORTY-FIVE?!?! Yep. Can’t get away from that one! And frankly, I wouldn’t want to…

I wrote about showin’ up at 45 (read that post here), and this week’s post is a little bit of a continuation of that, just sharing more of where I wish to grow to at this stage in my life. With the second half of the year now underway, I pledge to live simply, one day at a time, in His grace.

I will live simply by living with less of what keeps me distracted and with more of what keeps me God-focused.

Victory is the blessing I’ll gain by living one day at a time. With trust in God, I know I can face each day’s ordered path. I am more than a conqueror.

Grace embraced will yield strength and His love expressed as the spirit within lives and thrives. So thankful for its gift.

To be stronger, loved, and called His – what better way to live. Better.

What’s YOUR pledge? Make it plain!


repost: 7 ways to show thanks in summer

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬

*Post previously published on New Day June 2016. A few revisions made for this repost…

What has 2016 been like for you so far? Have you met your goals? Finding yourself busy again? For me, the new year’s start held a focus on physical healing and preparation for surgery, the journey to which has been a turning point (read about it here). I really didn’t set other goals for 2016, and I continue my focus on rebuilding today.

Wherever we find ourselves here at the start of a new season, there’s no excuse for not giving thanks. It’s been a hard year so far, but God still sits on the throne, being faithful and bestowing grace. Our posture should be one of thanksgiving always, so what are some ways to express that thanks AND honor the Lord in our summer fun? Glad you asked…

Well, give thanks daily to Him who’s brought you through to this season. Be grateful for life. Could’ve been dead and gone, as we black church folk say…

Participate in church summer ministries. Show the Lord how thankful you are by serving beyond Sunday. Vacation Bible School, tutoring programs, activities for the elderly, etc., are all areas for helping others have an enjoyable season.

Serve in your community. Who needs a fan? Anyone need house repair? Whatever your means or skills, be thankful for them, then get to it! Love your neighbor as yourself…

Encourage someone directly. People are aching for love, for the pouring of God’s Word into their lives whether they realize or acknowledge it or not. Show thanks for your journey by sharing the story of His goodness in your life, and watch someone be inspired and hopeful for their own path.

Be intentional about the fun you choose, AND be intentional about the people you choose to have your fun with. Honor God AND self this season.

Live it up! Live life to the fullest! Enjoy the season – the long days, the warmth (heat!), gatherings with family and friends, food, etc. Before we know it, the cold of winter will once again have settled on us, so embrace and be thankful for these days.

Each morning you’re awakened to a new day, there ought to be praise on your lips flowing from thankfulness in your heart. You have an opportunity to serve a God whose blessings are immeasurable. Each day, in every season, give thanks – heartily, tangibly, fully.

Anything to add? What are some ways you can show thanks and honor God through the summer season?


Rejoice… pray… give thanks… 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Every now and then I feel like something a little different here on New Day, so

Here’s three of what I’m up to this spring:

On the plane. My husband and I are literally currently enjoying our first travel adventure of the season in beautiful Miami. Been wanting to get here for a while. Worth the wait!

Bookshelf. Still in Cling by Kim Cash Tate. Getting some good food on developing a lifestyle of intimacy with God… If you’re at a place in your faith journey where you’re craving the same (and I was), then grab a copy.


In life. Posted this recently on Instagram: “Currently thriving in simple living. It’s the path I’ve chosen and really the path I feel I’ve been called to. Each TODAY I strive to reflect practically what’s in my heart – in my spaces, my work, and experiences. Busyness is long gone – focus and growth are in order.” More on my simple living journey in another post. Goes with the verse above…

Where YOU been? What are YOUR three for spring so far?