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Monday, July 14

An Invitation To Come Over?

For years I’ve wished instead of sending my blog out through pixilated letters that I could just meet you at a coffee shop and chat.

I just know we’d have the best time! And while that might be a bit complicated for most of the coffee shops I frequent, I think I’ve finally figured out a way for us to have some face-to-face time.

So consider today’s blog like a little invitation I’m slipping right underneath your door…

On August 12th I’m releasing my new book, The Best Yes, and I wondered if you might want to come to Charlotte and join me for a free, live webcast and release party?

We have so many fun events planned for the day… Q&A session, mix and mingle, worship, and of course, the webcast where I’ll share a message. I’d love to have you join me! Here are the details:

Who: You, me, the Proverbs 31 Ministries team and anyone you’d like to invite!
What: The Best Yes Release Day Party and Live Webcast
When: August 12th – doors open at 5:30PM
Where: 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte NC

Click here to reserve your spot for this free event. Please note: tickets are limited!

And if you can’t quite make it to Charlotte on August 12th, no worries. You can still tune into The Best Yes webcast online and invite your friends to watch with you!

Just provide your email address in the form below, and we will keep you in the loop about how to join the free webcast.

So whether I see you in-person on August 12th, or through a computer screen, please know I am thankful for you. Your prayers, love, and support mean the world to me.

Saturday, July 5

It’s Almost Here… “The Best Yes”

Every time I release a book, I go through this intense time of fear. It’s a bit like standing in front of the whole world with a bathing suit on which is scary on so many levels.

I package my heart up, the good and bad, in pages and release it into the world. It’s thrilling. It’s terrifying. And so goes the life of an imperfect girl, imperfect writer.

I’m never the hero of my books.

I write from the hurt of my struggle and the hope of God’s truth. My books seem to travel like whispers from deep places and end up leaking out through pixelated letters.

Beth Moore once said, “Authors don’t always choose their books. Their path, and more often their pain, does the picking.”

My new book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, did just that. It picked me.

I wrote this message because I need this message.

And now on August 12th I’ll (sit and chew my fingernails to the nub) watch as it finds its way to friends like you.

Having you as my blog friend is a gift. It’s a good feeling to not be alone.

And today I want to share why I wrote The Best Yes.

I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing out on the sweet parts of life. I found myself saying, “I’ll do that thing that makes my soul come alive when I can find time.” But no one in the history of the world has ever found more time or made more time.

We all get 168 hours a week. No more. No less.

And too many of us are missing out on too much.

We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.

The Best Yes

Part of the rush is due to people pleasing. I’m a chronic people-pleaser. I’d love to say I’m a recovering people-pleaser. That sounds so much more tidy.

The truth is people pleasing is so engraved in my thinking process, I really have to be conscious of it every single day.

So knowing how to say no and when to say yes is definitely woven into this message.

But there’s something deeper that pulses through the pages of this book. When I set my life to the rhythm of rush, I just quite honestly don’t like who I am.

Rushing robs me of the sweetest parts of life – the parts of life that feed my soul. When a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule, she’ll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.

And I guess I’m just tired of that deep ache.

Maybe you are too?

Instead of constantly dreading saying yes and feeling powerless to say no, there’s another option.

And that is to ask, “What is my Best Yes in this?”

In The Best Yes, we’ll discover together how to:

• Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
• Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
• Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom-based decision-making process.
• Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your Best Yes today.

When I unrush myself and use the Best Yes as a filter of every decision I make, the best of me emerges. And I want to live with the best of me, front and center in my life all the time.

I suspect you want to live with the best of you, too.

So I want to invite you to be among the first to pre-order your copy of The Best Yes today. Pre-ordering is fun because I have gifts for my friends who order their book now. (Besides me blowing kisses and whispering “thank yous” in your direction) you’ll receive free resources that won’t be available once the book hits stores August 12th:

Pre-Order 1 copy today and you will receive for FREE….
- The Best Yes audio book
- New, exclusive mini eBook from me
- A 2-minute “Thank you!” video from me
- A keynote message teaching The Best Yes
- 25 beautiful, shareable, printable quote images from the book
Valued at: $50

Pre-Order 8 or more copies today and you will receive for FREE…
- All of the above plus…
- The Best Yes eBook
- Group discussion questions
- 4 posters featuring artwork with key phrases from The Best Yes
- The Best Yes Study Guide (Available to the first 100)
Valued at: $125

Pre-Order 100 or more copies today and you will receive for FREE…
- All of the above plus…
- FaceTime call for me to connect personally with your small group or ministry (Available to the first 20. Each call will last about 20 minutes.)

Click here to find out more information and to purchase your copy (or copies) today!

And just in case you can’t wait until August 12th… I’m giving away 3 copies of the Advanced Reader Version of The Best Yes.

(Insert me sweating and hoping I used awesome deodorant today.)

Leave a comment below telling me what part of The Best Yes message resonates with your life right now.



Wednesday, June 25

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 3

It’s day #3 and I’m so excited to do the big reveal of Alison’s room makeover!

And I know you’ve been waiting ever-so-patiently this week to see the final result. I love that about you. I won’t make you wait one more second. So, without further ado… (drumroll please)

(If you’re viewing this in an email, click here to watch the video.)

As a recap, here’s the whole process from beginning to end:

1. Shop your home – look for artwork, frames, and greenery from outside.
2. Head to the thrift stores with a general idea in mind of what you would like to purchase.
3. Bring it back home, paint it, distress it, and mix it in. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! Thanks, Nester, for that freeing thought.

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 3

“Nester Notes”: 3 Steps for Successful House Therapy

1. Start in one room.
2. Don’t do everything at the same time.
3. Start with what you have.

I’m so thankful my friend, Nester, was able to join us this week! But this isn’t goodbye – you can visit her blog anytime by clicking here.

You can also bring her style and expertise into your home with her book, The Nesting Place.

The Nesting Place

Click here to purchase your copy! Buying this resource today from Proverbs 31 Ministries is a great way to support our ongoing mission of getting Biblical truth into every home. Makes a perfect treat for yourself or gift for a friend. Thank you for your support!

Today, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of The Nesting Place. To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite thing you learned this week.