Guest Post

Dear Long Term Planner

Dear long term planner, Life has been a breeze so far.  Recent college grad, engaged, life has fallen into place smoothly.  You have been blessed with strong women surrounding you; all care deeply for you and mentor you.  Much of what they have said has been recorded for a future day, it doesn’t seem to apply now.  To date, you cannot recall a prayer request that wasn’t answered [Read more...]

I Hope You Dance

Today’s Letter to Me is from a fellow For the Love Launch Team member, Andrea Stunz. This lovely lady has such wisdom and grace in her words. She encourages me daily and I am so very thankful for that. She is the keeper of Empty Plate Full Heart (this post is one of my favorites) and I am honored to have her letter to share with you today. Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever [Read more...]

A Father’s Day Gift Money Cannot Buy

There are 4 brave men among 496 women on Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love Launch Team. Phillip Taylor is one of them. I asked Phillip to share his thoughts on Father’s Day, to add a little male perspective. He delivered a moving post on encouragement, affirmation, and the power of our words. Please welcome Baseball Preacher, Phillip Taylor. It is 6:00 on Sunday night, and I am  sitting in [Read more...]

Jesus Take the Big Wheel

Today’s Letter to Me is from my friend, Amanda Rosler. We met through Jen Hatmaker’s For The Love Launch Team. She is such an encourager! She blogs at Abiding Trust where she both encourages and challenges her readers to live with a deep trust in God. Please welcome, Amanda! Dear 6-year-old self, Amanda Rosler, age 6 You see this picture? In your 6-year-old world, everything seems to [Read more...]

Mothering a Child With Special Needs

Today’s Letter to Me is from writer and speaker, Jill Richardson. Jill and I met through Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love Launch Team. She writes deep, real-life stuff on her blog, The Imperfect Journey, where, most recently, she has journaled through one of Jen’s other books, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. That is brave! Please welcome my new friend, Jill! November 8, [Read more...]

Choosing Brave Over Bitter

Today, I have the privilege of guest posting for a new friend, Kelly Johnson. Kelly blogs at Grace Notes, a thoughtful spot with words about real life. She is full of wisdom, humor, and encouragement. Please head over and spend a few minutes getting to know her. This one had me cracking up and giving a hearty, “Me, too!” Thank you for the opportunity, Kelly! Most would consider the [Read more...]

Brandy’s Letter to Me

I would like to introduce you to my brave friend, Brandy Lidbeck of Sip of Brandy. Her Letter to Me comes from a unique place of healing after a tragic childhood of hurt. Thank you for sharing your heart, your healing, and a piece of your broken childhood with us.  To my 10-year-old self, I get it. I get the pain and devastation. I understand the betrayal and despair. The sadness and anger are [Read more...]

Letters to Me

(a letter to my younger self) May 6, 2004 Dear Kelly, Tomorrow morning around 2 a.m., your water will break and your life will change forever. You prayed for this child for years thinking motherhood would be the culmination of your purpose. You have no idea how being a mom is going to crack you, threatening to empty your soul. Your time is your own right now. You can wake early to pray, or stay [Read more...]

Making Faith Real for Middle Schoolers

The church is losing 5th graders. At a recent D6 Conference, Dannah Gresh said, “The theology they have as tweens is not thick enough to prepare them for the spiritual conversations that are going to happen in college.” This is backed up by Barna research, which reports that only 32% of tweens today have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When you consider Barna’s assertion that [Read more...]