Carol's Blog

A New View on Race From a Mother’s Heart

By Sheila Qualls

Dear Friends, My heart has been broken by so much of what has been happening in the streets of America over the past few weeks.  I, like most of you, have very dear friends who are African Americans and I’ve wondered what I can do to create positive change and to bring reconciliation and healing…

Staying Power

By Carol Kent

Today is “release day” for Staying Power:  Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst—the first book Gene and I have written together, along with Dave & Cindy Lambert.  With COVID-19 keeping us from speaking engagements, we need your help with getting the word out about this book.  You can order here. The book…

Words of Hope

By Carol Kent

By Carol Kent, March 24, 2020 In the past couple of weeks our lives have been turned upside-down due to the unanticipated invasion of COVID-19. I’ve seen empty shelves, anxious parents, fear of the future, loss of retirement funds, “social distancing,” temporary job loss (especially for my speaker/musician friends who’ve had their next three months…

A Christmas Message from Gene, Carol, and Jason Kent

By Carol Kent

Dear Friends, Start glorifying God—with words, with song, with celebration, with exploding joy. Thank Him for the precious gift of Jesus. Then in hushed silence, listen for His voice. He is pleased and you are favored when you listen to Him and act in obedience. No matter what your circumstances are, experience the power of…

Happy Thanksgiving from Gene, Carol, and Jason Kent

By Carol Kent

We’re learning that our lives always change for the better when we develop the moment-by-moment habit of praising God. When good things are happening, it’s easy for us to voice our thanks. But when we’re hurting, we tend to pull back, almost as if we feel punished. After 19 years of Jason’s incarceration, we’re learning…

Tell Your Own Story

By Carol Kent

Once we got through the shocking reality of the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of our son, we had a big decision to make. Would we hide as much of the story as possible, hoping no one in our work, church, and social circles would hear about it? Or would we bring up the subject honestly,…

Our Journey with Jason

By Carol Kent

The woman in the department store stared at me as I was making my purchase. “Have we met before?” she asked. Nothing about her looked familiar. “I don’t think so,” I responded. She continued to concentrate on my face and then loudly exclaimed, “I do know you! I saw you on television. Your son committed…

He Holds My Hand

By Carol Kent

  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…

No More Perfect Mentors

By Carol Kent

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…

Learning to Follow His Voice

By Carol Kent

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…