It’s never too late to change parenting strategies!

I have the opportunity and privilege to be on the Launch Team for the “Christian Parenting Handbook” to be released on April 29, 2013.  To get more information, watch the video at the top of the right column of my blog.  More information to come!


Living Wonderstruck: Praying for "Pixie Dust"

My friend, Margaret Feinberg has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life!  To learn more, visit watch the Wonderstruck video HEREor visit the website:

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck have experienced the following symptoms:
-An inability to stop smiling
-An uncontainable desire to pray
-A loss of interest in judging others
-A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
-A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around
In fact, as I read a sneak peek of Wonderstruck, there was a  word, (really “two” words) at the beginning that intrigued and pulled me into the pages:  “pixie dust.” 
That’s right.  Pixie dust.  
Margaret isn’t suggesting that you ask God for magic, but she states:  “Praying for pixie dust is a childlike expression of trust and hope — trusting in both God’s wisdom and winsomeness, finding hope in God’s mercy and mirth.”  She also describes a lovely picture of what Jesus was probably like with children: whispering in their ears, giving bear hugs and twirling them with delight. He declares that “the kingdom of God belongs to those who maintain childlike receptivity.  Those who refuse to receive the kingdom of God like a child will miss it entirely.”  How many times have I missed it?  
Read my related November post, “Ageless Childlike Faith” HERE.   
Do you recall the phrase, “I want to feel like a kid again”?  That is what I want – to have more childlike receptivity and to be more responsive to Jesus as those children were with Him. I want to feel like a kid again.  
Oh, how not to be distracted in this life by “efficiency and effectiveness” and lose the simple closeness I can have of being in the presence of  Jesus!  I don’t want to travel life alone and miss the wonders of what God can show me! I plan to open my arms wide with great expectation and know that He will never disappoint me.  I will be praying for pixie dust, and not “pray it safe.”  
I hope you will join me in reading “Wonderstruck.”  Let’s pray for — and expect — wonder.  He’s just waiting to show himself glorious to us.  Let’s feel like kids again.  


Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.95 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noblefor all you savvy shoppers.  

Why Live "Wonderstruck?"

My friend, Margaret Feinberg has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life!  
To learn more, visit watch the Wonderstruck video HERE, or visit the website:
I have had the privilege of getting a sneak peak of her new book, and it is so good that I immediately ordered a print copy from Amazon, for the killer price of $7.57.  You can also order now and receive access to 6 exclusive gifts worth more than $300. Find out how, HERE.
While you are waiting for your order to process, here’s more about Wonderstruck from Margaret herself:
Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruckbook and Bible study come from?
“Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasons—some may be in one right now.
My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, ‘God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.’ 
God did not disappoint.”
What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?
“Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.”
Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.
In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before.”
Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?
“If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High?  We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at and we’ll send you one.”
Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. 

"Cleaning House"

I just finished reading “Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12 Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement” by Kay Wills Wyma. A fantastic book that I would recommend to all my momma friends! In this book, the author gives her account of how she saw a situation with her children and dove in wholeheartedly (amd maybe with a little bit of trepidation) to do what is best for her family!  Entitlement with kids today is a hot topic of many conversations, but she didn’t just talk about it  — she actually did something about it!   As moms, we do want to make life easier for our kids, but we don’t realize that by doing so much for them, we are actually harming them. Kay shares her one year experiment of teaching her children “real life.”   The book is her journey of teaching her two preteens and two teenagers the facts of life: laundry, cooking, cleaning, hospitality, charity work and so much more, taking a new project to learn each month of the year.  She shares the successes and the things that maybe didn’t quite work out as she hoped, all the while giving honest commentary of what she was learning as she went through the process.   While I had already put in to practice some of the things that Kay implemented, I did glean many more ideas that I plan to incorporate.  With summer vacation just starting for us, it is a great time to have some “summer school” that will get my boys more prepared for Life.   What are you doing to teach your kids about the facts of life? I would love to hear your comments!    

Book Review: “His Mighty Warrior”

a mightyThe latest book that I read on behalf of Blogging for Books was a children’s devotional called, “His Mighty Warrior – A Treasure Map from Your King.”  Since this was a children’s book, who better to help me review this selection than my nine year old son, Joshua.  He absolutely loved doing this devotional book!

“His Mighty Warrior” begins each devotion with a letter, many times addressed to “My Warrior” and written as from God Himself, plus a scripture verse and a prayer.  The letters encourage boys to be someone with great character:  how to be courageous, respect rules, handle conflicts and disappointments, choose words, honor others and so many other subjects that are important to boys as they grow up in this day and age.  There are 50 devotions in all, enough to choose one each week of the year.
Not only is the subject matter relevant to boys and well written, it has a wonderfully padded cover book (excellent for gift giving) with wonderful illustrations, drawn to encourage the imagination of boys.  We have found this book to be a great encouragement and useful resource for discussing many topics and issues. 

Book Review: "The Blessing"

This book is definitely on my top ten list!  John Trent, in this revised and updated edition of the book, explains in great detail the importance of giving your child special blessings as they are growing up.  A blessing is a great give of unconditional love and acceptance that can transform the future of your child.  By using the Old Testament story of Jacob receiving the first born blessing from his father Issac, Dr. Trent explains the importance of the blessing and the five elements to understanding the blessing.  Did you not receive the benefit of a blessing from your parents:  Dr. Trent also tells what happens if you missed that important element of your younger years.  I highly recommend this books to parents of children of all ages — it is a vital part of parenting our kids that we don’t want to miss out on!

A bonus to this revised addition is the activities and video clips that you can watch online at 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Secrets of the Vine for Women

It’s summertime, and it is a great time to finish more books from my “gotta read” stack!  My two boys and I set aside a minimum of 30 minutes each day to get engrossed in our latest books.  We have all signed up for the summer reading programs at the Bee Cave Public Library, and Josh (my 8 year old) has already completed 400 minutes!  It is fun to pick out books with him and get him interested in the latest books series.  He loves Horrible Harry (by Suzy Kline) and is now starting the A to Z Mystery series (by Ron Roy).  It really is true that when you keep your child reading over the summer, they spend less time getting back into the groove when school starts again.  Matt (14 years old) is also reading several books from our personal book shelves, the latest being “The Compassionate Samurai” by Brian Klemmer.  Matt has learned and matured so much from the books he has read over the past few months — we are proud of him for taking the initiative to read more than just books for entertainment.  As for myself, I have also learned so much from the several books I’ve read lately — more than what I could ever post here!  Parenting, marriage, leadership and biblical training . . . . I am feeling the stretch marks! 

The book I finished today for Blogging for Books is “Secrets of the Vine for Women” by Darlene Marie Wilkinson, which is a small book but with a big message!.  She is the wife of author Bruce Wilkinson, who wrote the first Secrets of the Vine book.  Darlene Marie takes his book further by associating many of the teachings right to women. 

The book is based on John 15, where Jesus states the he is the vine, and we are the branches.  But what exactly was Jesus trying to explain by this example?  If it is hard to understand, it will become more clear as you read the author’s story of the vinedresser and his daughter, and how the vinedresser was able to make his vineyard prosper.  Through her story, we learn about how God is our Vinedresser, Jesus the Vine itself and how God is disciplining, pruning and abiding in us as the branches.  Another plus is the study guide in the back of the book for each chapter.  Although this is a short book to read, it is definitely one to read again while doing the study guide in order to get even more from the book.

I hope this is one book you will add to your “gotta read” stack soon.  Will you please vote for my review at Blogging for Books?