Who Inspires You? {& a giveaway!}

by deb on February 26, 2014

As a child, my favorite day of the summer was Monday. I had the most difficult time waiting for Monday every week. You see, Monday was the day – the only day – our elementary library was open. The school librarian often found me sitting on that old wood floor waiting for her arrival.

For the first hour or so, I helped her with the returns and ever so gently placed each book on their proper shelf. And then it was my turn. Row by row. Shelf by shelf. Book  by book. I pondered by next choices. With just minutes to spare before the door closed for another week, I checked out my five books. Just five. Only five. That was the rule. I didn’t like it one bit, but this first-born, rule follower, couldn’t bear to lose my library privileges girl chose five.

Authors inspired me. Their words took me to places I couldn’t go. Their adventures helped me dream of my own. Their emotions brought clarity to mine. Their stories gave me hope.

Authors inspired me then and their inspiration continues today. My basement is my library. And my night stand. And the sofa table. And my kindle. Lots of inspiration in all of those places.

My friend, Holley, inspires me with her words. She’s been given a gift and she’s using it all for His glory. I’ve had the privilege of being a part of Holley’s God-Sized Dream Team this past year. She has generously shared her words and has been our biggest cheerleader in pursuing our dreams.

And sometimes you get an amazing opportunity to meet the person whose words have changed your life. On Friday I get to hug sweet Holley for real and get to talk to her face to face. I’m so excited!

To celebrate my friend and her inspiration, I’m giving away a copy of You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream and her newest book, You’re Going to be Okay.




Just comment below. Tell me who inspires you. The winner will be announced on Monday. I’m looking forward to reading your comments.


It’s Wednesday and that means it’s Coffee for Your Heart day over at Holley’s blog. You’ll love the inspiration you find there.Coffee-for-Your-Heart-150


You’re Not Alone {Coffee For Your Heart}

by deb on January 29, 2014


Holley’s Coffee For Your Heart writing prompt was probably chosen weeks or months ago. I needed it today. Maybe you do too. I needed to be told the Truth. I – We are not alone. God is holding onto us when we feel like it and when we don’t.

For I, the LORD your God,
Hold your right hand;
It is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”
Is 41:13


If you’ve spent any time around this little blog of mine, you know I’m a word nerd. Here’s the Hebrew Lexicon definition of HOLD:

to cling, to cleave, to adhere, especially firmly, as if with glue – to be glued

It’s not us holding on to God…He’s holding on to us! I love the visual of “especially firmly, as if with glue.” It’s tight. It’s secure. It’s confident.

When your marriage is hard – you’re not alone

When parenting is exhausting – you’re not alone

When friendships are wounding – you’re not alone

When your heart is breaking – you’re not alone

When the darkness is suffocating – you’re not alone

When the way seems daunting – you’re not alone

You’re not alone even when you most feel like it.

So go ahead. Take that next step. Do that hard, scary thing. God’s got you – just like glue. That’s His promise. And He’s faithful.


Come and visit Holley and so many others reminding us we are not alone. You’ll be so glad you did. I promise.




You are beautiful…yes you are!

January 22, 2014

Dear friend, Today. Right now. Just are you are. You are beautiful. It’s funny, but I can just hear your thoughts frantically tumbling around in your sweet head. Those thoughts that are fighting so very hard to deny that truth. The truth that you are beautiful. I know because that same battle goes on in […]

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Today you are 16…a letter to my daughter

January 17, 2014

Dear Amanda, Today you are 16. Wow! Happy, happy birthday, dear girl. Since I was eight years old, all I’ve ever wanted to be was a mom. But you know that story. You know how long we waited. You know how excited we were to be chosen to be your parents. You know our grief […]

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Love at 2:30 a.m.

January 15, 2014
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I love mornings. Not 2:30 a.m. haven’t been to sleep yet mornings. But I’m in the season of teenagers. They give a new definition to time. It’s the end of the quarter here. My daughter, Grace, had a big project due and little miss perfectionist was struggling…and procrastinating. I wish I could say I didn’t […]

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My One Word

January 2, 2014

Happy New Year! For lots of years I dreaded the start of a new year. I labored over all I didn’t accomplish and dreaded the thought of creating another long list. I’m not sure exctly why I thought I had to, but I did. You, too?   A few years ago a dear friend challenged me […]

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What I’ve Learned About Living Bravely

October 31, 2013

  It’s day 31. As you can see, I started out well, but my finish was pretty weak. I’m glad I took the challenge. Please don’t ask me for a while if I’ll be doing it again. (big sigh…) Your emails were a great encouragement to me. Together I think we’ve learned some things. Living […]

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Sunday Inspiration

October 27, 2013

  Today is day 27 of 31 days of Living Bravely. To read the rest of the series, just click here.  

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Saturday Reflection

October 26, 2013

. What’s making you feel the most alive right now? Today I have the privilege of speaking and serving a community of women. It requires much trust, dependence on God’s strength, and bravery. Brene is right. Doing this thing called ministry makes me feel alive. It’s day 26 of the 31 days to Living Bravely […]

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Meet God’s Girl…Ruth

October 25, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to get to know some God’s Girls with me. We’ve met Tamar and Rahab so far. Today we meet Ruth. I love a good love story. The book of Ruth is a classic wrapped up in just 87 verses. As I was thinking again about this living bravely series […]

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