Last July, my pastor approached me and asked if I would be interested in directing an upcoming spiritual growth and giving campaign at our church, River Club Church.
The campaign’s purpose was to stretch people in their faith and help them move forward boldly towards the dreams God had for their lives. Little did I know how much my faith would be stretched when I agreed to head it up!
I was honored to give the message on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as part of the Daring Faith Campaign. In it I share how I have learned that the level of our thankfulness determines the outcome of our brokenness. It may not change the situation we are facing, but it changes us.
Have you ever faced a disappointment in your life? Are you currently walking a difficult road? Do you face an uncertain future? Are there things in your life for which you struggle to say you are thankful? Then this message is for you.
It is my prayer that God will use it to bring you to a place where you can say, “Yes, I am thankful for the difficult circumstances in my life.”
There are two more chances to see this amazing production of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe! The Academy of Arts, a Christian Conservatory out of South Carolina will be presenting their thrilling interpretation of this beloved story at 2pm and 7:30pm today, Saturday, April 9th.
Fredericksburg is very fortunate to be the first stop on their tour which will culminate at an International theatre festival in Scotland.
To purchase tickets call 864-268-0351 or 864-414-7607. Tickets are normally $48 for adults, but if you mention my last name you can receive the discounted rate of $20. Student tickets are $20, but my last name will get them a free backstage pass tour ($20 value).
For more information about the Academy of Arts visit their Facebook page.
And a huge thank you to Ava Laurenne Bride for sponsoring this fabulous show!
In this week’s Free Lance-Star Column, I shared about my efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I will be running 19.3 over two days with the St. Jude Heroes team during the Disney Pixie Dust Challenge over Mother’s Day weekend.
While I will be running for all of the children and families at St. Jude, I have chosen to run in honor of one child in particular. Many of you are familiar with Josh Hardy’s story. You will remember the national headlines and of how his family fought a battle to allow Josh to receive an experimental drug that would save his life.
Josh has been a patient at St. Jude for several years now. Sadly, Josh is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator at St. Jude due to an infection that has caused breathing issues.
I am so inspired by this families strength, determination, and most of all their faith and I am honored to be able to run in Josh’s name.
No family is ever charged for any service received at St. Jude. Your donation will allow parents to focus on helping their children to get well, instead of worrying about how they are going to pay the bills.
Would you please join me in supporting these families by sponsoring me as I run 19.3 miles over two days? It is going to be a challenge, but it will be nothing compared to what the children and families at St. Jude face every day.
In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I share about my recent experience helping my daughters through their doubts about God and Christianity and I how I overcame my own season of spiritual doubt.
You can read that column by clicking here Doubt is just part of journey to God.
The resources listed below were an incredible help to me when I started to struggle with doubt in all that I had been told was true. I have also included the books that I am currently reading with my daughters to help them through this season.
One of the most difficult things I have faced as a parent is my daughters questioning their faith. I have told them that I will help them in their search for evidence, but that at some point they have to make a decision in their heart to take a leap of faith and just say, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
Finally, when we are faced with doubt, the most important resource we can rely on is prayer. God was faithful to answer my prayers to help me overcome my own unbelief and I am trusting that He will also be faithful to answer my prayers for my children.
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel – The Case for Christ records Lee Strobel’s attempt to “determine if there’s credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God.”
- The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel
- Below is a video of a presentation by Lee Strobel based on his book.
In last Saturday’s Free Lance-Star column, I shared about my struggle with body image since the birth of my four daughters. Three babies in four years really takes a toll on a woman. Especially when those pregnancies are high-risk and end in c-sections. A surprise “advanced maternal age” pregnancy five years later did nothing to help the situation.
Visit the Free Lance-Star website to read the column: We are all flawless in God’s eyes. When you are finished, I would love for you to come back here and join the conversation in the comments below.
Question: How have you allowed your outward appearance to define your inward worth? What truths have you applied to your life that have allowed you to see yourself as you really are – flawless?