Friday, February 6, 2015

Decided Hearts

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Nothing exposes the content of our hearts like conflict.

It's like a spiritual EKG.

We can think our hearts are full of love...but let a conflict brew and it can be stunning to see what pours out.
Competitiveness.
Side-taking.
Sarcasm.
Cruelty.
Going for the burn.
Pride.
Smugness.

It's a season of conflict that can show us if we have a divisive heart...or a decided heart.

A decided heart de-sides.
A decided heart chooses peace.
A decided heart chooses resolution.
A decided heart chooses compassion.
A decided heart chooses unity.

In this Valentine season, hearts abound right now, gracing the grocery store shelves and shop windows. I'm taking it as a signal, an opportunity to be reminded about the spiritual state of my heart. Divisive...or decided?


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Friday, January 30, 2015

So This Happened...

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It's just a thrill and honor to be posting about parenting and family at Spirit 105.9! You can check out my first post by clicking here!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

LifeWomen Mingle

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It's almost time! The LifeWomen's February Mingle is coming up Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 6:30pm at LifeAustin. Yours truly will be speaking, our amazing LifeWomen praise and worship team will be leading, and there will be chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!! Bring a sweet treat to share, a friend to enjoy the evening and an expectation of a great time! You can sign-up at the link for the registration form below! (Please note: childcare is not provided for this event).

LifeWomen February Mingle

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gulp

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I think my toes, the end of my nose and the tips of my fingers are still numb.

From the shock.

Something I have longed to do for a very long time has finally arrived.

I'm writing.

A book.

And Zondervan has graciously agreed to be my publisher.

Gulp.

I want to take you on this journey with me.  If you're an aspiring writer or you've always been curious about the process of taking a book all the way to completion and publication, I'll be starting a blog series I'm calling #jointhejourney.  I'd love your questions, your thoughts, your insights as our family embarks on this new adventure.

And your prayers.

I'd love your prayers.  That God would be glorified.  That His inspiration would guide me.  For blessings for the Zondervan team and for the Fedd Agency and for all those who are involved in the process.  For our family.  For my incredibly supportive pastors, Randy and Denise Phillips and for my LifeAustin church family.  Your prayers.  Please.

Gulp.

Let's write.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You Set the Climate


Thermometer or Thermostat? from Julie Lyles Carr on Vimeo.

We do have an ability to impact our home, relationship and work environments for the better. Do you know if you're a thermometer...or a thermostat?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Living Well Spending Less!



Today's the day! The release of Ruth Soukup's new book Living Well Spending Less!



Ruth delves into the heart of why we have become such a consumer-driven culture and the havoc it can wreak on our inner spiritual lives, our bank accounts, the chaotic cluttered state of our homes and in raising up the next generation. In a society that struggles mightily with debt and struggles to put away savings, Ruth's book is a timely guide to reconsidering why we're buying what we're buying and how to break a cycle of consumerism that can steal our peace and compromise our bottom lines.

I adore non-fiction that is both practical and well-written and Ruth's book certainly hits the mark. It's one thing to identify a problem. But Ruth goes beyond just identifying the money challenges. She succinctly provides practical steps for creating a new approach toward purchasing and saving, with support and tools all along the way. Ruth also intersperses QR codes throughout the book that will take you directly to web-rich experiences to set goals, find fellow sojourners and identify resources that can help rewrite how you view and practice stewardship over the resources you've been given.

We usually start off the New Year with a goal for our physical health...but what about our fiscal health? I'm excited to start the New Year with the help of Living Well Spending Less and put it in my tool kit of resources to help me reach resolutions for 2015. You can find Ruth's book at this link. And be sure and check out her website for great ideas for living well while spending less at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/! Congrats, Ruth! Thank you for sharing such a fantastic source of wisdom! Blessings!



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