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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Hello, Beauty Full

It’s always a privilege to recommend outstanding books to my readers. My friend, Elisa Morgan, is currently the host of the syndicated radio program, “Discover the Word” and she is the much-loved former CEO of MOPS International. Her latest book is titled Hello, Beauty Full and I highly recommend it. Here, in Elisa’s own words, you’ll learn more about this excellent new resource:

Most of us don’t think we’re beautiful. In fact, a recent poll revealed that 96% of women globally would never use the word beautiful to describe themselves.[i]

Even women who know they are made …

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Lazarus Awakening

What an honor it is to tell you about the newest book, study guide, and DVD series by my friend, Joanna Weaver! In Lazarus Awakening she reveals the profound love Jesus had for Lazarus and the shocking life-after-death-on-earth He lavished on His friend. She skillfully points the reader to a vibrant choice—abundant life! If you long to wake up to God’s unrestrictive mercy, unconditional love, and supernatural power, read this book. It is an ideal small group Bible study choice, too.

Q & A with Joanna Weaver:

1. In your first book, Having a …

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Fight Back With Joy

A new friend to me is Margaret Feinberg, speaker and author of the just-released Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears.

As a young thirty-something woman she faced a great fear—being diagnosed with cancer! This diagnosis plunged her into a search for the best weapon to propel her to a place of overcoming—and she chose joy. Margaret says: “You have joy not in spite of your circumstances, but because of them. You are drenched in the grace and mercies of God.”

Most of you know I faced a different kind of …

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What I Wish I’d Known Earlier in My Speaking and Writing Ministry

by Carol Kent

At the age of twenty-three I attended my first women’s conference—Winning Women in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I had graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech education the year before and I assumed I would be a speech, drama, and English teacher. However, that weekend changed everything about my future plans.

I was seated in the back of the auditorium at Western Michigan University among 3,500 women who were all excited about attending this event. Jill Briscoe was speaking and the conviction of God’s Spirit was heavy on my heart as I sensed his voice saying, “Carol, …

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