Love Wins

How Can We Say We Love Our Country While Hating Our Brothers?

Love Wins

I’m at my daughter and son in law’s home near the Air Force Special Operations base in Florida where my wonderful son in law has served our country for the past nine years.

Tonight while I lie in their cozy guest bedroom browsing the Internet, Brandon is somewhere high above me, in a cockpit, instructing the next generation of special ops pilots to protect our freedom and our great land.Continue reading

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via Crosswalk.com – My Kid’s An Addict. . . Now What?

Thank you to Crosswalk.com for publishing my article on addiction.

You can read it here:

My Kid’s an Addict, Now What? —5 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me When the Nightmare Began

 

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As a parent of a recovering addict, I am compelled to share with others what I’ve learned through the experience. Even with all we know today about the disease of addiction, there is still a stigma associated with it. Many families struggle in secret, and are afraid to be transparent about what is going on with their loved ones.

There are things we can do for ourselves and for the person fighting their addiction.  We can connect with others. We can learn all we can, trust in the Lord for healing and deliverance, and draw strength from the testimonies of people who have overcome their addictions and are living healthy, successful lives.

I praise God every day for my daughter’s recovery. She is an amazing woman, and we are proud of her courage and determination. She is dedicated to the recovery process, the twelve steps program, and God, who is the giver of life and all good gifts. We are blessed.

Many other families are suffering immeasurably with the consequence of substance addiction. My heart goes out to them. The addiction epidemic is quickly becoming our nation’s greatest tragedy. Lives are being destroyed. Relationships ruined. People are dying needlessly.

May we all be sensitive to the crisis.

May we pray fervently for help to reach all those who seek it.

May we do our part to educate ourselves and our families about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other self-harming addictions.

 

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3 Ways Women Sabotage Their Self Worth

 

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The first fifty years of my life, I drifted along on a sea of emotional ups and downs. Self worth wasn’t something I thought much about.

I don’t think I ever really realized that the way my mind responded to things was entirely in my power to control. If I had a “bad day”, I attributed it to whatever my circumstances were at the moment. If I had a super fantastic day, it was usually the result of something I did, or something I received—say, pulling off an elegant holiday dinner party, or hearing positive feedback on something I’d created, or watching my kids laugh and play nice together while I served them warm cookies and cold milk. In short, my self worth seemed to be tangled up in my circumstances or performance.Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Pie

Channel 5’s Talk of the Town with Meryl Rose:

I had a great time preparing this super easy Peanut Butter Pie on Channel 5’s Talk of the Town today. This is my go-to dessert for casual dinners, Saturday lunch with the family, or a last-minute potluck dinner contribution. Using ingredients you most likely keep on hand all the time, this pie can be thrown together in minutes!

 

Watch me make this pie live on Nashville’s Talk of the Town by clicking here

 

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Here’s all you need to do:

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Guest Posting — A Great Way to Build Each Other Up

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Writers are such a generous bunch.

Always willing to share their knowledge and lift up their fellow writers.

A giant family of individuals creating, collaborating, and offering their art to the world.

This week, I was thrilled to write a guest post for C.S. Lakin over at Live Write Thrive. Suzanne is one of those extraordinary authors who is using her wisdom and experience to provide tools to thousands of writers.

Thanks for the opportunity, Suzanne!

You can check out my article,

 10 Things You Ought to Learn Before You Self Publish Your Book  here.