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Wednesday, December 12

Let’s Talk About You

Good morning my bloggy friends!

I hope that your Christmas preparations are bringing you joy and that you’re finding many things to be thankful for this holiday season.

As for me, I’m thankful for a husband who doubles as a Christmas light connoisseur. There’s nothing I love more than coming home to a house trimmed with white Christmas lights – if you want a little chuckle, read about the Christmas lights debacle of 2008 here.

If you’ve been following me here for any amount of time, you know that I love to write about the things that God is teaching me. I pray that He has spoken to you through my struggles and lessons learned as well.

With this is mind, let’s continue our learning journey. We set off to make imperfect progress together, and I want to stay the course with you.

I hope you feel the same, whatever you’ve faced this year. 



As 2012 comes to a close, I’m beginning to look forward to a new year. A fresh start. And a chance to get back into the swing of things as I connect more and more with you here on my blog.

I think the best way to do that is to hear from you today. I want to know you better, as well as the issues that we can conquer together.

So would you mind tucking a little note from you in the comments below? Here are some things I’d love to know…

- Tell me a little bit more about you. Are you a student, single friend, mom, a wife, a grandmother?
- What is an area of your life that you want to focus on improving this year?
- Why do you read my blog?
- How many times a week do you wish I’d post?
- What would a completely perfect day look like to you?

Feel free to answer just some or all of these questions. I can’t wait to read your comments!

I have a feeling that 2013 just might be our best year yet.

Discussion

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    Hi Lysa,

    Since you asked… I am 47 (tomorrow!) and spend most of my time caring for my very active family. Although I’m living my dream of being a stay at home mom, I am also an RN and work very part time as a Childbirth Nurse Educator. Writing has been a strong interest for most of my life, but just in the last few years I have seen God using this passion.

    Although I’m continually frustrated by the shifting sands of technology, I’m grateful for a medium which has allowed me to exhort and encourage people around the world to pray. This has become my primary message- prayer as a way of life.

    My husband and I have also begun speaking on the topic of AD/HD in marriage. This is our story and the primary tool God used to draw me to a life of prayer. This year was an exciting one for me, as I fulfilled a “bucket list” dream of publishing an ebook.
    It’s called HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU CAN’T SIT STILL- available now on Amazon and B&N, as well as on my blog, Distracted by Prayer.

    I attended a Proverbs 31 Writer’s seminar in the summer of 2011 and was so very encouraged and confirmed in my calling. I hope to attend again and pursue the speaker’s track.

    Thanks so much for the energy and sacrifice you, your staff and your families put into equipping those of us who are pursuing excellence in writing and speaking. Your efforts are multiplied many times over!

    My ideal day would involve travel to a sunny destination with my husband and reading a great book on the beach. I might as well dream big!!

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      Hi Shannon,

      I love your post. I was at She speaks 2011 as well. I have been distracted by prayer going through grief and despair. I lost two young brothers in three years not to mention family drama with three daughters. Ps 27 .. His presence is our vital need. Pray without ceasing has a new meaning..
      May the body of Christ do nothing without the David anointing. When I read how Saul ministered without the anointing for over 20 years.. red flags went up. Only through daily communing will we be able to flow and stay in this presence. I do step out of it, but His grace gets me right back in step. God has used this ministry to get rid of the perfectionism I was shamed into at a young age. The enemy is sly, but God is bigger and He will deliver His people in His timing.. Hallelujah!! The more we seek HIm we will find HIM..
      I will have to pop over to your blog.
      Friends in the Spirit
      Blessings to you and your family in Jesus Name

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    I really enjoyed reading the stories of others lives. I don’t think I can portray my life but I’ll try. I am a 56 yr old mom of two teenagers. A son who is a senior in HS and a daughter who is a junior. I am married and ask the Lord to forge a stronger connection between me and my husband before we hit that empty nest. I work only part time and wish I could find a more full time job in my career. I need to focus on it more. However I like to quilt and that may be a distraction. I wish I could do more for the Lord. And to get more involved with other Christians in some way. I enjoy your blog as it gives insight into a connected Christian ministry and in the life of a great Christian woman.
    My perfect day would be creating something beautiful that illustrates Scripture and might point someone to Christ. Also on a perfect day enjoying my family would be high on the list

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      your quilting could be a way for you to create some beautiful illustating Scripture & CHRIST all in one

      :-) Maybe use it to the tell THE STORY :-)

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    I am 34, married, and have a 5 month old son. I also teach kindergarten. I’m trying to improve my prayer life. I read your blog because it’s so encouraging, and it challenges me in my walk with Christ. I would love 2-3 posts per week. A perfect day would start with a full night’s sleep, which hasn’t happened it a long time. It would also include sweet time with the Lord, a good cup of coffee, and a day trip with my husband.

    Thank you for your blog. It has ministered to me in such amazing ways.

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    Hi Lysa,
    I am 50 and a wife and mom who works full time. I have read your blog for several years and your books. I love them because they challenge me to not be a shallow Christian and to grow deeper and more intimate in my walk with Christ. Thank you so much for what you do. This year I would like to focus on being more encouraging to those around me. I have several non Christians in my life including my husband. My perfect day would be seing them accept Christ as their savior.

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    Oh Lysa you are just so wonderful! I love reading your posts because you are so real! For so long my view of a “real” Christian was someone who was perfect. This year I have learned that Christians make mistakes! They are NOT perfect!

    I absolutely love that you care about your readers as well. Not only are you asking about your readers, you are giving us the opportunity to get to know each other! Thank you Lysa for being you!

    Alright, about me. My name is Ann. I am 25 years old, single, and live with my younger sister in central Minnesota. This next year I want to focus on my prayer life. I want to focus on not only praying more, and really putting forth an effort in my prayers, but also taking the time to listen (Sitting still and being quiet are things I just don’t do right now). In addition to listening, I want to obey. There is a difference between just listening to God’s commands and actually taking the step to obey. I read your blog because you are real. You are honest and encouraging. I think if you posted three times a week, that would be plenty. And a completely perfect day would be one that I would not be concerned about anything around me. I would love a day to just focus on Jesus and be able to pray, listen for His voice, and really take in the beauty of this world.

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    Hey Lysa!!
    this is my first time actually coming to the proverbs31 website. I always say I’m going to but never do. I am a nursing student, single mom of a blessed little boy & girl. A perfect day for me would be a day where I could joyfully relax & laugh with all of my family and loved ones from near & far. Life as a mom is a struggle for me sometimes. I heard ur story this morning on Klove about moms and how sometimes we don’t feel worthy of the name. I’m guilty of that thought & feeling. I hope to find strength in reading your blogs and confidence!! Thank you!!

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    I am a 40yr old wife and mom of 3 boys, ages 17, 14, and 8. I first heard you on K-Love a couple years ago, then found you on Facebook. I look forward to receiving your email blog daily. I appreciate so much your transparency, your honesty and your humor. You are so easy to relate to!! There are so many things I would like to work on in the next year. My husband and I have been married for 19 yrs and honestly, its never been a great relationship. And instead of “dealing with it”, I have chosen to bury all of the negative feelings and I feel like I have lost myself in the midst of all of it. I love your ministry and your encouragement…always seems to be what I need to read when stuff is rough!!! Thank you so much for all you do and have a Merry Christmas!!

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    Hi. I am 25 years old and have been married for 2 1/2 years. We do not have any children.I currently babysit for a little boy and girl three days a week and try and volunteer at MOPS(mothers of preschoolers) a few times a month. I actually just came across your blog from reading Unglued-which it is reassuring to me that I am not the only person that freaks out sometimes about something so small. I hope I can learn to not let my emotions wreck havoc on the ones I love.
    Thank you for wanting more information on those that read your blog/books. It shows me that you really care about others!

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    I am a mother of 3 boys, 12, 8, and 6. A wife to retail manager on night shift. A full time Lead teller at a local bank. Also a very active person in our Baptist church.
    For the year 2013 I would like to concentrate more on myself and my health and as well, grow closer to God. I want more energy, willpower to eat clean, strength to workout more often and run long distances.

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    Good evening to ya! My name is Angel. I’m a wife & mother of a 4yrs girl & a 6yrs boy. I enjoy listening to you. Very helpful to me . Ex specially when it comes to parenting. I really enjoy those. They hit home for me. Right now I really could use some pointers. My little boy who is 6 yrs almost 7yrs, is very materialistic. He is always joyed by a gift, but moments later starts wanting something else altogether. Even when he buys something with his own money he saved. The joy of something new. I don’t know how to redirect this behavior, it’s almost to the point of obsession. He is never satisfied. Always wanting. It comes across as ungrateful to me. & it really gets under my skin. If I tell him no on something he understands & may pout about it for a moment, but then he is over it. He (thankfully ) has never had a break down in a store or anything like that. So we are good on that end of things.Thankfully :) He is well behaved (as good as a 6yrs can be anyway) :) just need some advice on how to correct this “wanting syndrome” before he grows up into a very unhappy person, trying to buy happiness . Any advice & or scripture would be Greatly appreciated. If would please email me back @ ams77616@yahoo.com. For ksbj doesn’t pick up very well where I live. Thank ya ma’am :)

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    Hi, Lysa, my hubby & I have been married 27 years. We have a 26-year-old daughter who recently married and has her own business and an 18-year-old daughter who is in her first year of college. I really enjoy virtually anything you write about, in one way or another it seems to apply to me and mine. Probably posting 2 – 3 times a week is good. In the new year I’d like to be more calm and trusting in God and also to turn to Him *first*. My typical perfect day includes coffee and cookies and books in a comfy chair and the time to slow down and enjoy them ; ) Thank you so much for all you do, for P31 and caring about us. Merry Christmas. xo

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    Lysa, could you please pray for me. I was saved at the age of 8. My mother died that same year and unfortunately I seem to remember very little of that time. Satan loves to try to convince me that I am not saved because I can’t remember the words I prayed or much of the experience. I know I am a sinner. I have asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me. I know he is my only righteousness. I just can’t seem to quiet the voices in my head, especially when I hear others talk about their salvation experiences and recall them in such vivid detail. Thank you for praying for me and for your wonderful ministry to women around the world.

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    After praying for 19 years my husband Gordon gave his heart to Jesus a few weeks ago, so this Christmas is going to be so special, our children are coming with us to our church to make it even more special (we have been waiting a long time).
    we have had 12 years of constant rubbish and for the first time ever we are looking forward to next year, we know that no matter what happens we are both approaching it God’s way.
    Now all I have to learn is doing it God’s way as a couple

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    Hi Lysa – I am a 50 yo mother, grandmother, nurse and student. i found your blog a few years ago when searching for inspiration on dealing with my teenage son. Your words – is it kind, true and necessary – have been a big part of many a day. Each morning I wake up and read Jesus calling, a verse from the Daily Bible and look for a post from either you or P31. There are days that your message is what gets me out of bed and moving when I would much rather pull the covers over my head and wallow in my self pity. I have plenty to share if there is anyone with a shortage…..

    Recently I have realized just how much I am not in control of my life and the harder I try to pick the course of the day, the more twisted it becomes. I have put the whine in whining lately about how out of control my life is and how I never have the time to do what God wants me to (translate – I perceive he wants me to) because I am always working. Well duh, whose fault is that? Mine.

    This coming year I would love if my life was perfectly organized and I had time to work 60h a week, study 40h a week, spend time with my family, hang out with my friends and time to spend in prayer. See, that is the very problem!! No life-work balance and not putting God first. My life is not meant to be perfectly organized and I truly think it would make me crazy to have it so. I would actually love to wake up each day and spend time in His word – and for mornings not to come so early. I would love to have a fufilling job that leaves enough time for family, for girlfriends, craft projects, reading for pleasure and possibly a husband as I have been divorced or 12 years now (you asked for a perfect day…)

    I would love to be selfish and ask for a post everyday, but I realize how much time and energy that takes. I really find meaning in your words so would be willing to take whatever you have to offer.

    Thank you for letting me into your thoughts, your heart and your words. They have blessed my life. May sweet blessings fall upon you and your family during this Christmas season and all through the year.

    Patty

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    I am a 61 year old mother of three women and grandmother of 4. I have been obese my entire life and began to read your book made to crave about 1 year ago. I must say as I read and re-read each chapter it spoke to my heart in many ways. About 7 months ago I was randomly picked by my medical group to be in a weight loss study which involved undergoing weight loss surgery as one of many procedures. The surgery was successful and I have lost 70 lbs with about 30-40 left to lose. It has been a great deal of work but I find myself back in your devotional daily as I work through the isues that got me to the place where I was. The healing of my heart toward myself and the comfort of food to fill in those empty places is a constant struggle of staying alert and aware of every emotion and running to Jesus instead of the refridgerator. Being thinner is a blessing but it resolves nothing but the strain on my clothing. Thankyou for the struggle that you have faced and put down on paper so we can learn there is hope.

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    Hey Lysa!
    I’m a 19 year old college sophomore. I’m currently single, but I am getting to know a very nice boy in my dorm. I really want to focus on loving people better this year. It’s been my goal for the last year, too. I find that when I’m loving others better, I can not only love myself better, but I also feel happier being in service to the Lord.

    I read your blog because I read your book Made to Crave when I first realized I needed recovery for my eating disorder. I loved your book–I probably read it 4 times cover to cover. After that, I knew I needed to read encouraging things if I was ever going to be a true Catholic chick. I knew I couldn’t survive in the world if I immersed myself in popular media. To be honest, I wish you would post at least once a week. Maybe twice, though I understand that’s not easy. I love reading about your relationship posts because they help me realize better ways to love others–boyfriends, best friends, parents, extended family, etc. For me, a perfect day is when I get to talk to a variety of people. For example, Friday was a perfect day because I spent time with my best friend, got dinner with 3 of my friends, hung out with my RA guy friend for a while, then spent the entire night talking to my good guy friend down the hall from me in my dorm. Nothing huge, nothing fancy. Just good people. Thanks for asking about us. It’s always nice to be heard. :)

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    I AM 69 year old wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother. I read your blog for inspiration and comfort. In 2012 I lost my 90 year old Mother, a 24 year old grndaughter, my only sibling…my brother and a cousin that was like a sister to me. All this occurred in 6 mo time. I have poor health but am caretaker of my husband diagnosed with early onset dementia. Blogg land is so comforting and inspirational.

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    Hi Lysa! I’m a wife and a mom of four, 3 boys and 1 girl. I’d really like to focus on spending quality time with my kids. I’m wondering if sometimes my kids just aren’t behaving because they need more time with me. As moms, we are passionate about our kids, loving them and raising them right but it’s not always easy to put my desires aside and focus on them and their needs day in and day out.
    I enjoy your writings (books/blog) because I’m one of those moms to whom parenthood is not easy nor does it come naturally to me. It’s one of the hardest but also most rewarding things on earth and I felt very much alone in those feelings until I read some of your real life stories. Your openess with your struggles and your desire for “imperfect progess” is what I love about reading your works. Thank you so much for this! You’ve been a huge help and inspiration to me!

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    Hi Lysa,
    I am Lisa, 51 on Friday, and celebrating 24 years with my sweet husband in January. We have three children, 22 year old daughter who just graduated this weekend and will start her grown-up job in a city 6 hours away in February, a 20 year old son in college, and a 15 year old joy-filled sophomore girl. I work as a hospice chaplain, and am going to school, another unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, to hone my skills and work toward being a certified chaplain. This past year, I asked myself what God would want as my new year’s resolution, and knew it had to be “become a better wife.” It has been an interesting year! (Probably could have had an entire blog about it…haha) I am listening for my call for this coming year, but am not sure yet…I do know I want to grow in my faith journey. Your blogs, your down-to-earth voice, brought something new to me, and I am grateful for that, and you! I enjoy your well-studied, intelligence and knowledge, and how fresh you make the scripture, especially. How do you do that?? I would love to know how you do your bible study. Perfect days include sleeping late, staying in PJs, coffee and chatting with my hubby, quilting, reading, a DIY project with my dad, a fire in winter or water-floating in the sun, and time with my sweet kids, or girlfriends. I also love to go camping, or traveling to new places, the farther the better.

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    KellyK(@RNCCRN9706) says:

    Hi Lysa,

    I’m Kelly, a 40 yr old wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. I survived kidney cancer this year when I had a cancerous tumor on my right kidney and underwent a total right nephrectomy on my son’s 8th birthday(April 26th).

    I came here through the Proverbs 31 ministry. I think posting three times a week is good. Id like to improve my marriage and my walk with God this coming year. A perfect day for me would be sleeping in, getting a massage and spending the day with my 8 yr old boy. He is the blessing in my life.

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    Hi Lysa my name is Lora and I will be “41″ on Friday. I am a mother of 2, my oldest is Robby who is 19 and Leesha my youngest is 12. I’ve been married for 18 years to wonderful man even though we’ve had some horrible tragedies in our marriage. I’m the pastor’s secretary at my church and I get the blessing of working 5 days a week 4 hours a day. I’ve been truley blessed with this job. For a long time I’ve felt God pulling me in the direction of reaching the lost and I until I got this job I never would have dreamed some of things that I’ve done while working here. Every year my pastor holds a “Come Alive!” spring campmeeting for 1 week which is held at the middle school here is Shelby Ohio. I’ve had alot of oppertunities for speaking with people and witnessing lives being changed. My perfect day is a day where my children are doing good and I can feel God’s presence all around me. As far as your blog, you can blog all day and I would read every one of them!!! You take normal life and let the world know that christians do not have perfect lives and we all deal with the same issues as everyone else. In Ecc. it states that everything that happens has already happened before. What an amazing verse that lets us know that we are not going through anything that someone else hasn’t already walked through.

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    Deanna Johnson says:

    Lysa,

    I first heard about you through Mandisa and “Made to Crave”. I had no idea then how much more I would gleen from you! I love your blog for many different reasons – it’s real – it’s relevant – it’s full of hope. As an almost 40 single woman, I enjoy your works – and even your mom stories and advice. My sister and I saw you in Tennessee last year at a Women of Faith conference and I felt like I had known you forever. Further still, my sister who wasn’t forced to go the conference, but wasn’t exactly thrilled, fell in love with you too – she even bought a couple of your books at the conference (this is big for her!!) So, if nothing else, that sealed the deal with me! I knew you had to be pretty special to capture her attention! :)

    I work FT and volunteer for CASA (court appointed special advocate for children). I’ve never been married, do not have any children, and am just now finding out God’s true purpose for my life and it’s AMAZING!

    For 2013, I really want to improve my relationship with God, work on saying “no” to all the stuff I say “yes” to that really doesn’t matter, take time for me, and grow into my purpose!

    I am looking forward to the hope and joy your blog brings in 2013. Thank you for all you do and for your service!

    Deanna Johnson
    Lexington, KY

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    I’m a mom of one precious toddler, a boy.
    I read your blog for encouragement and to help me continue to change. I appreciate how honest and real you are.
    As often as you would post, I would read!

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    I know I am terribly late in responding to this post, but since I read in email, I rarely stop by to comment, and since I was commenting on another post, I thought I would leave my thoughts here as well.

    Communication and relationships are things I would love to hear more on.
    Also just getting deeper into following God. Having Passion to do what is right, even when its hard.

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    Betty Marschner says:

    At this busy time of year, I find I am behind in posting on some blogs that I try and do off and on.
    I am in my 60′s retired but am finding this a great age because now I can start doing some things I have beenwanting to for a long time.
    I have put off starting to write my memoirs for a long time and many friends have told me with my rich experiences in life I need ot write themn down. How we raised specail needs kids yes it is plural! How we dealt with childhood leukemia and won but are still dealing with the aftermath! How I coped with unblievable betrayal by family but lived above it in forgiveness and found a healing for my mood swings at the same time. The mood swings were unrelated, however, to the betrayal issues.I am planning to get the ball rolling towards making that writing a reality this year.
    I am doing more in delth Bible study this year and enjoy teaching preschoolars Sunday School each week. I do not have grandchildren so this works out nice!!
    I enjoy your true to life experiences so read your blog to relate!!! I do not always read each blog but if there is something I am strugling with or a specific thing your blog touches on I will read and reply!
    Have a super new year I enjoyed meeting you in person last Sept in ND.

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    Kari young says:

    I am on my way to being a single mom..or at least I think I am..my husband is deciding whether he wants marriage..family or his bar and social life he is deeply entangled in…the boys and I are staying for a month away from the toxic situation. I read unglued and I can’t tell you how grateful God put it on your heart to write it..your experiences are helping me to push through mine and by the grace of God I am learning to be content no matter what the outcome is…just started tonight reading your blog and am looking forward to reading more of your books ..my perfect day would be laying in a hammock beneath a willow tree reading one of my many encouraging books…thank you again..keep us in your prayers that God will create beauty out my brokenness .

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    I’m a wife and mother of 2 adopted kids. You’ve written about things that touch my heart and help me realize I’m not alone in my struggles. God knows His plans for our family!

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    I am a 32 year old mom of three precious boys ages 7,4 and 6 months. I’m currently reading your book Unglued. All I can say is I relate so much to you and that’s why I read your blog. I know through God there is Hope and change for me. An area I choose to focus on and improve on are my unglued mommy moments and wife moments. A completely perfect day would be to wake up, get everyone out the door on time and no fussing or yelling in the process. Come home from work, enjoy a nice family meal together. I would love for homework to go smooth especially the math homework ;). The best ending to any day is snuggling up on the couch with my 3 boys, well 4 counting hubs. Oh and I forgot the most important part to any day would be finding time to spend alone with God. I just need to make that more of a priority in every day!! Thanks for sharing and being so open.
    Love
    Wendy

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    I am a 41 year old, never married mother of a wonderful 7 year old son, Samuel. I love that you want know us because i feel like we are old friends. Sisters in Christ. It has been so refreshing coming to understand that one i am not alone and second we all share similar struggles and its ok to share those struggles. Our women’s group has grown beyond words as we broke your Unglued book down into 12 weeks of sharing and realness. Taking it slow gave us a chance to break out daily lives down, get real and embrace our imperfect progress. That imperfect progress has stuck and i feel a permanent change. So permanent that i became able to look deep into my past and hurt amd face that anger i felt rising up. There i found walls and barriers and self protective mechanisms that kept me separated from God and in wrong relationships. I have worked so hard to have a successful and healthy life for me and my son but by my and which left me empty. I cant wait to see what God has for me and my son and His ministry in my life. No matter what i have faced God has so much better for me and life has become andqq amazing adventure. I never stop being amazed where God has briught me and we He continues to lead me.

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    Sorry my computer went crazy and sent with crazy typos. Lol i wanted to close by thanking you for opening your home and yourself. Each day i feel like there’s a warm cup of coffee waiting beside my Bible and my friend waiting with a smile and insight that i haven’t found in my day. Thoughts and encouragement that help me to love myself and run into my waiting Savior’s arms, giving it all to Him and seeing an amazingly beautiful woman’s reflection looking back a me. Thank you for helping me find that gift this Christmas season. Merry Christmas to each of us treasures. God cherishes the beauty that winkles from us into this desperate world.
    Im looking forward to the Unglued devotion coming out next week as we go into this new year.

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    Barb Fleming says:

    Hi Lysa, You posted the other day on facebook to tell about our struggles. I am beginning to make some changes in my life. My husband and I are extremely unhappy in our church which is down to 20 to 25 people. It is getting so I just go because thats what I have always done and I am miserable. My time is so limited and I am taking steps to make more time. People are not happy at our church our not happy that I am not taking positions next year after 40 years of being there!!! I need to rest and be renewed. We need to find a church where we can experience joy and passion again and not sadness and drudgery. I am trying to make the time for important things. I signed up for the Greater OBS and am already behind!!! I am reading the book though. I want more I believe God has more in store for me. I just have to start setting boundaries to make it happen. Your book “Unglued” was an inspiration to me as is the Proverbs 31 ministry. Thank you!! Barb Fleming

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    Lysa, I am a grandmother and a retired teacher who returned to work because I felt God called me back this year. I know that is my gift but this has been a difficult year with all of the changes in school curriculum. I love your website, read your blog daily and have purchased all of your books. They speak to me so profoundly. I first heard about you from my Sunday School class when we did your bible study on being a good bible study girl. Then I was completely captivated. I forward your devotions to my family whenever I know they will help them. Just the other night when I could not sleep at 1:30 I go up and read alittle more of “Unglued”. I am so grateful for Prov 31 Ministry and tell everyone I know about you all. Thank you for being so honest with your thoughts and written word. You are beyond a blessing to me and my family and friends that I share you with.

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    Dear Lysa,
    I want to thank you for your article in this morning’s devotion on Proverbs 31 Ministries. It’s refreshing to read insight from other mommies and especially from encouraging writers like you. Seldom do I find peace within my own understanding, so I look up to women who value GOD’s Word in their lives daily.

    I am a debilitated woman in her 40′s, and waiting on account of our LORD Jesus Christ, finding direction in my life whether to remarry or remain single. The thought about that is really scary, but I am trying to wait patiently on the Word. I gave birth to 4 children and remain occupied in thinking about their well-being in life too. Although I don’t see them often now, I still recall their childhood days. Lately, times like these do overwhelm me and I, too, need reassurance to know that my labor was not in vain.

    Because I enjoy being a mommy, I found the Holy Spirit’s leading to work within the school district. After divorce, I didn’t want to live anymore and went into deep depression; but with the help of medical experts and Church, I found my way to serve the Lord with all my heart. It’s hardly evident right now, since I’m in seclusion to care for my degenerating mother, who became a widow November of 2011 (a week before Thanksgiving Day)…
    A perfect day to me isn’t complete without reading an article about my special interests–especially having a quiet time with the LORD. Trying do your best to give care for a loved one becomes overwhelming; I find grace & mercy surfing the web. I am humbled whenever I read devotionals online that are Spirit-filled and thought provoking as it applies to scriptures (2Timothy3:16,17~[NLT] ” 16) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17) God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”). Keeping in touch with you, Ms TerKeurst, and Proverbs 31 Ministries is what keeps me going to become the kind woman that JEHOVAH GOD wants me to be.

    (: I learned of Lysa TK from http://www.Oneplace.com.

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    Tammy Schmidt says:

    My prayer for the families of Sandy Hook that lost a child in this tragic event would be to connect with compassionate friends, a nation wide organization with local chapters. This is a group the shares 1 common bond, the loss of a child, “you need not walk this alone”. For more information see http://www.compassionatefriends.org
    Their mission statement: The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

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    Hi Lysa! I’m a 32 year old pastor’s wife and stay at home mom of four (ages 6, 4, 2 and 5 months). I ‘got to know you’ IN MY BATHTUB(!) when I just had two kiddos and was reading your book, “The Bathtub is Overflowing but I Feel Drained”. Hehe. As of late, my husband has been sending me out for a ‘date’ with Jesus every Thursday morning where I’ve been devouring a chapter of your book “Unglued” while eating a quiet, hot, uninterrupted breakfast. :) I love your writing because it nails me right where I’m at and encourages me to move forward. This doesn’t have to do with your blog, but the part of your book that has most impacted me is where you speak to believing God for miracles within our own hearts. I did NOT realize that I had (somewhere along the line) figured he’d given up on this stubborn, slow-learning heart!!! So this year I am hopeful that God is going to continue to grow me in grace as I parent four precious little rascals, that He is going to expose idols and remove them (like the idol of a dust-bunny-free house…?) and that He will glorify Himself through whatever He chooses to do in our lives! The perfect day for me is one where things don’t go perfectly but I actually remember to rely on the Holy Spirit and He does amazing stuff. :) Bless you Lysa, as you are continually a blessing to me (and in turn, my family). :)

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    Janalee Burrows says:

    Good Morning… I am a 31-year old mother of 2 (5 year old girl and 1 year old boy). I work full-time at a Federal Prison as a housing unit secretary. I serve as a Sunday School teacher to a small group of teenage girls, play as a flute accompanist
    during the worship hour, and have recently found myself coordinating youth programs in my VERY small church… I get soooo discouraged when I can’t get everything to go the way I “plan” and I think this is why God has placed me with the youth. They NEVER follow the plan!!!!! I so enjoy reading about the everyday mishaps of others and how they look at them as learning experiences. It helps me realize that there is no “perfect”… It gives me the encouragement to keep on even though the way I view a situation may be completely screwed up, God can take anything I make a mess out of ang use it to His Glory. What a great encouragement that is!!! I can’t mess up anything that God can’t fix!!
    I love my God, my family, my friends very much and am so grateful for all the many blessings I am a recipient of!
    Thanks for your dedication!!!!
    Merry CHRISTmas

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    H.A. Roseberry says:

    Jesus, we ask for Your covering over those who are deeply hurting right now. We ask for Your strong arm of love and peace to hold them, tightly. May their hearts be comforted in their deepest grief at this time and in the moments ahead when they feel that they cannot go on. Draw them to You. Shelter their hearts, minds, and souls by Your tender loving care. Heal their wounded hearts. We ask this in the strong name of Jesus, our Savior, our hope.

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    Sharon Shepherd says:

    As a mother of two beautiful young women and grandmother of five precious children I send my love and my prayers to all the people at Sandy Hook. I pray you have that peace that passes all our understanding. I ask our Heavenly Father to wrap His loving arms around each one of you! We are praying for you and I send you my heartfelt love!
    Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (NIV)

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    Brandy Sprattling says:

    Dear God:
    My heart aches for the people of Newton and those all over the world who grieve this extreme loss. Dear Jesus, please send your angels to comfort the families of those who have perished. Jesus, only you can touch those deep parts of our soul where healing begins and I pray now that the Holy Spirit will do just that. There are so many of us who are aching along side those who have lost and, if there is any way we can be the hands and feet for you in this situation, I pray that you will gently lead us and that we will respond in faith. This type of greive can overwhelm the soul. God I pray now that your healing power will bring hope in the darkest of places and in the quiet left behind. I know that I know that I know that you are mouring along with us, God! I pray Jesus that hope will arise and that the community of Newtown will know that there are so many people praying for their comfort. God, help all us to hold tight to what we have and be thankful and trust in you in times we don’t understand. I pray, Jesus, that your presence (like a big hug) will be felt around the world. Your are our strong tower, our fortress, our might rock. Jesus you are the beginning and the end. May we climb into your arms and find rest though we are weary at the sight of evil. May we know that you are a mighty, mighty God who can lead us through the unknown waters we face. In Jesus precious name, Amen!

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    May Our Father In Heaven fill you all with more of Himself so that you don’t have to feel the heaviness of a broken heart at the loss of your loved ones. He is holding your loved ones in His arms and taking good care of them. Thank you Jesus for being there for all your new guests. Just know that they are safe now. No one can harm them ever again. Thank You Jesus that because of what you did on that cross a long time ago we can now look forward to seeing all those that have gone to be with you sooner than we had expected because of your selfless gift. I pray Lord that you would hold each of those who are left behind to grieve close to you. Reasure them by your believers who will pray for them and provide for their needs in the days ahead. Thank You that we can come to you for all of their needs. May those who are able to be there for them help them through this horrible time in whatever the need may be, even if it is just someone to listen to them, a phone call, a note of encouragement, grocery shop for them, make a Dinner for them, mail a letter or pay a bill etc. Thank You Lord and may you comfort them by your Holy Spirit and fill them with your Peace. Amen!

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    Al Coscina says:

    There is no greater loss to a mother than losing a child. There is no greater way to comfort that loss than to rely on the Spirit of God through Jesus. My prayer is that all of us support all those who are suffering from this tragedy. Only You, Jesus, can fill the voids in those mother’s hearts. Come dear Jesus and heal them. Fill them up with Your kind of beautiful love. Never leave them alone. Comfort them, Holy Spirit, with kind of Spirit that only You can provide. Blessings on You, God the Father for hearing our prayers for these hurting people and sending relief. You are our support.

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    Danielle Broady says:

    Oh Heavenly father I come to you with a broken heart concerning the families that will be affected by the events of Sandy Hook Elementary. Lord I ask that you give them comfort and strength from this day forward. Help them feel your love. Fill the void that they will have for the rest of their lives. Lord restore the innocence that was taken from all the children that survived the ordeal. Comfort and keep them in your perfect peace. Look over them and make them feel safe and secure again. Lord I pray for the first responders that give them the strength they may need to continue to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Lord I pray for the parents, as a parent to 7 children I couldn’t even imagine what they have been faced with but my heart breaks for them, I am beyond hurting for them. Lord give them whatever they may need so that they can continue to care for the children in the family!!! Give them strength Lord, Give them strength Lord, Give them strength lord in only the way I know that you can and you will. Lord heal the nation that has been affected by this terrible incident. Although we may not be in Newtown, CT there are so many around our nation that this has affected, children and adults alike. Lord comfort me, I have been through tragic traumatic events in my life and I know how hard it was to come thru and I know how situations like this can take me back to the dark place you saved me from, so please heal my heart and my mind so grief won’t overtake me. Lord I pray for all these things in Jesus Name, AMEN!!!

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    Hi Lysa!
    I don’t know how I came upon one of your books, but I did and I am sold. I love it that you are real–like me. Not perfect nor do you have perfect kids. I love the Lord, my husband and our children. Sometimes the best things in life can be overwhelming and cause me to come unglued.

    I am 45 marrried to a wonderful man. Between us we have 5 children ages 18-28, living all over the United States. Our life story is not typical, but we have no doubt prayer and the hand of God put us all together. My husband’s former wife went to heaven as a result of breast cancer. It is indeed humbling to be the answer to a mother’s prayer. It is also challenging.

    Thank you for being you and the honesty you give me through your work.

    Merry Christmas!
    Sherry

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    Laura Davis says:

    Loving Memory of Sandy Hook Elementary

    When the senselessness makes no sense ………………….
    Sometimes the silence is the only words you can find
    The words unheard, the words unspoken, they become much louder
    For your soul in silence cries out loudly breaking the strange silence-
    You Are the “ I Am”
    And though I may not understand
    I know that you will –
    I trust that you can
    Turn the impossible into the possible
    I stand on the Word of the Living God-I stand by falling- falling away from my own understanding. How can you understand when evil seems to outweigh good and the faithless seem stronger than the faithful?
    I stand by falling away from my thoughts, for yours are so very much higher
    I stand trusting that you understand these questions and whys that echo loud in my breaking heart. I need answers– you understand my heart broken
    No words to pen, only silence
    For in the quiet I hear your voice – you are with me always even now… still
    Dear Father,
    Thank you that when our hearts are so frail, lifeless and numb, your heart beats inside ours. You alive (our hope) dwelling inside all our brokenness. Thank you that you comfort those who mourn and mend the broken hearted.

    Isaiah 30:15 In quietness and trusting confidence I find strength.
    Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”(NIV)
    Laura Davis 12/19/2012

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    Dana Zimmerman says:

    Sweet Jesus, please help to comfort all persons hurt, devastated and/or not understanding how this awful killing could occur. Please Lord, wrap your loving arms around persons and hold them. I love you Jesus! Amen

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    Marlene Scott says:

    My prayer is for the all the grieving people, the moms and dads who lost a loved one. God did not do this horrible thing. He gave “man” freedom to choose right from wrong. God’s heart is broken as is yours. He will always with you no matter what. He will give you strength to servive . Please know all of Canada is praying with you. Heart Hugs Marlene Scott

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    Stefanie O'Brien says:

    Hello! I am a happy almost 30 mom of my 3 year old (3 in January) son who is full of lfe, love and imagination. We hope to expand our family soon! I am married to my sweet sweet husband for 5.5 years and I fall more and more in love with him every year. He is the only man I ever dated and he is without a doubt my best friend. I mostly stay at home with him, but work at night at our church doing child care for our school and small groups.
    In 2013 I want to focus on rejoicing in all things. I find that I seek God and trust him in all things, but I want to be full of JOY and rejoice in good times and bad.
    I read your blog Lysa because you are real, honest and encouraging! I love those reminders that “oh I am not the only mom/woman/christian that goes through that!” I would never want you to post so much that it takes you away from your own family. I’d say daily posts are always awesome, but even 3-5 times is encouraging!
    A perfect day to me is my son waking me up and us cuddling on my bed, getting up and eating breakfast together and then playing, relaxing while he naps and when my husband comes home having dinner together, putting our son to bed and my husband and I lounging around on the couch and eating popcorn.

    I appreciate you Lysa!!!! :)
    Stefanie O’Brien
    Anchorage, AK

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    Cheryl Enright says:

    I am praying for all the people from Sandy hook and all of their families. My heart aches for them. May they find comfort and peace knowing their children are safe in the arms of Jesus. May you all look to God for comfort and strength to get you through. I too have two babies that are with Jesus. I will be with them again some day. I love and pray for you all.

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    Lysa,
    Your blog is so insipiring. I love reading it because it is so real, you tell about life, but in a way that doesn’t make it sound perfect, because we all know it isn’t! I am a 34 year old mother of 2, a 13 year old and a 9 month old! I have been a stay at home mom for my son, and it has been the most challenging and rewarding job ever! An area that I want to focus on improving this year is making my life feel more meaningful. I feel stuck in a rutt a lot these days, and want to feel like I am doing something with my life, other than being a mother to my two wonderful children. I don’t know where to start, but I hope to figure it out! Thanks for asking about us and keep writing!!

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    Hi Lysa, I am 31 and live in Stanly County. I actually first came across you through our home church for the past 2 years Elevation :) when you spoke. I was blown away by your adoption story and called my sister instantly who has also adopted, from Uganda. Then when I read Pastors book Greater I called my sister again to read her the section about you. When I finished reading the entire section she says, “I am sitting in a closet right now crying” :) Oh how I love your writing, your honesty, your sense of humor, and your love for God! I just recently finished reading Unglued with a group of other stay at home moms and we loved it! Thank you for your honesty in your writing because I think it makes the rest of us feel normal! :) Whatever you do keep writing, and write as often as you feel God lead you!