Put You in a Song

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Do you ever hear a song on the radio and it just takes you right back to a happy place in time? For me that’s 80’s music. High School days.

“Don’t Stop Believin”….
“Livin’ On A Prayer”…
“Don’t You…Forget About Me” …

I can remember every word to those songs. They instantly put a smile on my face as memories come rushing back.

Songs. Easily learned and remembered.

No wonder Moses chose a song to share his final message to the children of Israel so many years ago about the character of God…

(Read the rest of my guest post at Sweet to the Soul Ministries.)

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Applying God’s Word to Setting Goals

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It’s that time of the year! Time to set goals for 2016.

If you’re like me, that means setting really big goals. And already feeling like a failure before January is even over. Why? Because I didn’t have a plan. And we all know, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Well, I’m determined 2016 will be different, how about you? Instead of hiding behind my feelings of failure, I’m going to seek God’s help first.

Seek, not hide.

My sweet friend, Arabah Joy, has released Grace Goals, an incredible biblical resource for us to seek God’s Word in setting our goals for 2016.

Grace Goals by Arabah Joy

Goal setting resources out there fail to go deep enough
on a spiritual level to actually equip us to change.
They give us great ‘how-to’ but not enough ‘carry-through’
~ Arabah Joy

Grace Goals is a $15 online course and in it you will receive:

  • a 48-page e-workbook
  • 5 mini workshops within the workbook
  • a Printable Pack within the workbook
  • Invitation to Arabah’s private Facebook Group (optional – you know for those who might want some accountability?)

Grace Goals by Arabah Joy

“Setting goals begins with understanding what we want.”
~ Arabah Joy
{John 1:38}

So, won’t you join me? Let’s seek not hide and set Grace Goals for 2016.

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for the Grace Goals course. If you purchase Grace Goals by clicking on any of the links within this post, I will receive a small commission. This commission is used to help fulfill my ministry of Social Media Marketing for ministries and Christian authors and bloggers.

Endurance in a Life-Giving Marriage

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for my friend, Sue Detweiler’s, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage book.

9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage by Sue Detweiler

While all 9 Marriage Traits are important, the one that hit home for me was #7: Endurance. Sue writes:

“The stress of life can push our emotions
and our relationships to the breaking point.
Well-placed faith fuels our endurance.
But please know, this race isn’t about survival;
it’s about experiencing God’s best for your marriage.”

My husband and I will celebrate 19 years of marriage tomorrow! (Happy Anniversary, sweetie!)


Has there been stress in our marriage? Oh yes. Let’s see: our oldest son’s diagnosis with autism, cancer battles and deaths of cherished loved ones, top the list.

Has it been about survival all these years? Well, some days, I’d say yes. Especially the more recent days of raising teenagers. But most days, it truly has been about experiencing God’s best for our marriage.

9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage - Trait #7: Endurance

We depend heavily on our faith, as well as friends whose marriages are anchored in faith and set a beautiful example for us daily. Not that it comes easy.

Sue writes:

“Rather than burying stress or
pretending it doesn’t exist,
a better tactic is acknowledging it
and looking to God as our source of relief and endurance.”

My husband does this so well. Seriously! I’m the ‘bury my head in the sand’ kind of gal. Luckily, he’s a great communicator and doesn’t stand for that for long. Therefore, I’m inspired to seek, not hide.

I always think of Hebrews 12:1 when it comes to endurance. But recently I read verse 2 in The Message:

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.
Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where
he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—
he could put up with anything along the way.

What are you ‘putting up with today’? I pray you (and I) “embrace the bitter sweetness of endurance.”

Live Author Chat

Join us on Facebook for a live author chat with Sue. It’s this Thursday night, October 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM CST. Fun, fellowship, and prizes! RSVP here.

About the book

Is It Possible to Enjoy a Strong and Healthy Marriage  – -Till Death Do Us Part? Yes . . . with God! Sue Detweiler’s new book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, will help you:

*Heal the broken places in your marriage
*Strengthen your relationship with your spouse
*Understand God’s plan for your marriage
*Revive your relationship with God’s transformative power


If you pre-order Sue’s book by Thursday, October 22, 2015 you will receive great bonuses including a 9 Traits Printable, a Printable of Prayers for your Marriage, a MP3 song titled Healing Rain, a PDF copy of Sue’s last book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, and a $50 voucher towards Sue’s 2016 Marriage Conference in Dallas, TX!

Linking up this week with Suzie Eller’s #LiveFreeThursday.

Live Free Thursday at Suzie Eller's