How to Know If You’re Being Judgmental or Showing Good Judgment

“She shouldn’t have done that.” “How could she think that?” “I can’t believe she actually went there!” “I would never do that…”

Sound familiar? Anyone ever whispered phrases like that in your ear? Or, have you ever muttered them under your breath?


I’ve heard that kind of stuff and said that junk and thought it too! When it comes to being judgmental, I admit, I have blown it!

Full Hearts, Full Theaters — Even Fandango Agrees

Oh, oh, oh my word!! Revive Us 2016 last Tuesday night was beyond words!! I thought the family gathering would be inspiring — and it sure was. But, it was far more than inspiring… it was powerful and empowering! 1,000 theaters full of people gathered as the family of God, seeking revival for ourselves and hope for our nation.


We broadcasted live from Harvest Cathedral in Chicago and you could just feel the Spirit of God in that place. God gave Kirk Cameron a big beautiful vision to remind us as the people of God of who we are and Who we trust. I loved how God wove together one message through every speaker — our trust is in God and He is sovereign over the nations — this nation. Thank You, Lord!

So, you’ve probably heard the buzz about this and if you missed it on Tuesday, fret not!!

If the Election Has Made You Crazy

Okay, I just need to call it what it is… discouraging. Disappointing. Deflating. Depressing. Yes, I’m talking about this election year! It’s crazy!

We’ve got enough collective concern and anxiety to fill the Grand Canyon ten times over!


Lots of us feel worried and even disgusted about what is going on in America during this crazy election season, right?

Great Love From the Great State – FGF Highlights, Temple, TX

Today I am thanking the Lord for a great Fresh Grounded Faith weekend in Temple, TX. When they say everything is bigger in Texas, they are right! Big love from sweet women who serve a big God, and they made us all feel so welcome!



I was excited to spend some time with my dear friend, Karen True, who helped me write my first Bible study, “Walking By Faith.”  It was a weekend full of laughter and encouragement and praise to the One Who loves us with an everlasting love. Incredible.

When You Feel Discouraged: A Scripture Pep Talk

It’s so easy to get discouraged, isn’t it? Life hits us hard and trials last too long and we just get worn out trying to stand firm in faith. Or, sometimes we are in the thick of doing good, serving God and it just seems like progress is slow, our confidence is low and discouragement is high.


I’ve felt discouraged for both reasons lately. I’ve felt overwhelmed and under-qualified to rise to the demands of ministry. I’ve fallen into a confidence crisis and just plain felt defeated. And, at the same time, my sweet Dad has been in the hospital, fighting pain and infection. My mom is worn out caring for him and instead of things getting better, they just seem to get worse. As soon as we see some progress, the next day, his fever spikes and our hope deflates. It is just downright discouraging.

Your Worth is in His Word: 66 Ways God Loves You

One of the most treasured things I own is broken. But, I still love it.

open book with flower on grass

Here’s the back story:

In college, my friend Tony broke up with his fiancé – or maybe she broke up with him — I never really knew for sure.  But, what was for sure is that the jeweler wouldn’t give him his money back when he returned the engagement ring.  Bad for brokenhearted Tony. Good for supportive friend Jennifer!

Faithful Prayer Warriors Needed – FGF Highlights, Warner Robins, GA

So thankful for another opportunity to share Fresh Grounded Faith with my southern sisters! Last weekend we were in Warner Robins, Georgia and were so welcomed by everyone. Such a blessing! The weekend didn’t go at all like we expected- right before we were set to go onstage to begin I received a call that my father was in very serious condition in Florida. I can’t even begin to describe the emotions surrounding that… feeling a responsibility to fulfill my commitment there at FGF, while at the same time my heart was being pulled to my sweet Daddy.


There aren’t the words to express the love and support I received from all involved- our staff that was there with us stepped up, Stormie O’Martian, Meredith Andrews, and Karen Abercrombie filled in any gaps, and the church volunteers and attendees were mighty prayer warriors that weekend. God was so faithful to help me hold it together Friday night, and I was able to get to my parents the next morning. I’m so thankful to be able to report that my Dad is stable and improving. Your continued prayers for his complete recovery are so appreciated.

One Tip to Help You Keep Your Cool When Things Heat Up

Is every conversation you have with your family members or co-workers perfectly calm, controlled and pleasant? (I know, I know, you’re laughing!)

Close up drinking water with ice in glass on wooden table.

Married women: ever had one of those conversations with your husband where you get heated, he gets heated and then…bang! A full-blown fight explodes.

Moms: ever had one of those conversations with your teenager where you get heated, she gets heated and then…bang! A full-blown fight explodes?

Working women: ever had one of those conversations with your co-worker where you get heated, she gets heated and then… bang! Hopefully a full-blown fight doesn’t explode, but inside, are you an inferno?

What to Do When You Can’t Stand It But You Can’t Change It

When I wrote this blog, I was shoving dark chocolate in my face and gulping cinnamon tea because that is what I do when I need to pull myself together.

Why, you might ask, was I in my chocolate-eating, cinnamon tea-guzzling state? Why was I trying  not to fall apart??


Well, sister, come into my kitchen and I’ll set the stage: