He Holds My Hand

 

Have you ever been desperate to hear God’s voice? Has daily life ever felt so demanding you weren’t sure what to do next? Has your phone rung in the middle of the night with unexpected news about a loved one? Has the diagnosis from the doctor brought a sense of fear or unrest? Have you wanted an answer from God, but didn’t know where to turn?

I’ve been there. When my son was arrested for a serious crime after I’d tried to be the best mother I could be, I felt alone. Angry. Hurt. Fearful. Disappointed in God. Those …

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No More Perfect Mentors

Do you think you need to wait until your life is perfect before you become a mentor? I recently spoke at a retreat where I was struck with the age diversity in the group. There were teens, young adult single women, new moms with their babies, along with middle-aged and older women. I was blessed with intergenerational mentoring in my family of origin, but not everyone has that benefit. My Mama (pictured with four of her daughters and a niece) was a godly mentor to us.

At the retreat I heard a testimonial by a young woman named …

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Welcome

Carol is an award winning author and a gifted speaker. Her vibrant personality and relevant messages make her one of the top Christian communicators today. She is regularly featured on a wide variety of radio and television programs.

She would love to work with your church, ministry or business. Carol is hilariously funny, biblically sound, culturally relevant, and a welcome addition to any platform. Past venues include keynoting at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events. She has been featured with Point of Grace, Sandi Patty, Nicole C. Mullen, Charles Billingsly, Mandisa, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Kathy …

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Learning to Follow His Voice

Most of you know my favorite event of the year is the Speak Up Conference. Earlier this month our 2016 equipping event was held in Grand Rapids, MI. Attendees gathered from twenty-seven states and Canada with a single purpose—to follow God’s leading in their lives to hone their speaking or writing skills.

Some of our staff members arrived a day early and went to every meeting room and prayed that God would give the speakers clarity of mind as they presented their workshops and that each participant would receive what he or she most needed. The notebook of …

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Visiting My Son in Prison

I was sitting in the visitation room, picking at the broken tabletop as I talked to my son. At that time, we were approaching sixteen years of visiting Jason, both in jail and in multiple prisons. I asked him, “What is the single most important thing—besides Jesus— that helps you keep your sanity in this place?”

Before he could answer, my finger dislodged a piece of someone’s dried-out, leftover food from the tabletop. “This is so disgusting!” I blurted out, referring to the crud on the table. Then I realized it was even more revolting that I was picking at …

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