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My first big writing project started in my mid-elementary years. Like most girls my age, I was extremely intrigued by anything horse-related. I devoured books on horse breeds, horse training, and horse racing. My birthday gifts for a few years included trail rides, horse calendars, and more horse books.

It was only natural that I would attempt to write a equestrian novel of my own featuring a sweet mare named Snickers. Unfortunately, I was limited by the busyness of fourth grade so I never made it past the Chapter 1 rough draft. I would have been a best-seller, of course, had I ever finished the rest of the story.

Fast forward twenty years and I find myself in a similar position. My passion has changed from horses to theology, but I still possess a love for reading and writing. Occasionally, I entertain the idea of writing a book, but the thought of composing anything longer than a blog post is intimidating to me. How does an author find enough words to fill a twelve chapter book? How could I find time to write in the middle of homeschooling, demanding church ministry, and life in general? Who would read anything I write anyway?

Last year, I wrote a post about my tendency to appear stronger that I actually am, and I quickly realized that I wanted to dig a little deeper into this topic of discovering Jesus’ perfection in my brokenness. I was able to write in the small crevices of time that this current season of life offers me and am excited to announce the completion of my very first booklet entitled, I’m Fine: discovering His completeness in my shortcomings.

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What is it about? 

As indicated throughout Scripture, humans are extremely adept at convincing ourselves that by simply trying hard enough we can meet the standards held for us by God, others, and even ourselves. Nothing could be farther from the truth because, in fact, we are in our nature “not fine.” This book intends to take us on a short journey to explore the areas of our life that suffer under an “I’m fine” mentality and remind us that those very shortcomings can bring glory to the One who completed perfection on our behalf.

Who is this booklet for? 

Do you struggle with feelings of failure when your idealistic expectations are shattered again?

Do you fight pride when those around you seem to be faltering in areas you have already mastered?

Do you fall into bed each night hoping that you did enough that day to at least appear successful to others?

Do you feel like the pace of your life is currently unsustainable?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions (like I can) then I pray the words of this book will be an encouragement to you. Because I am a mom, many of my illustrations will resonate with women, but the encouragment from Scripture is intended for all believers who hope to depend on themselves less and their Savior more.

Where can I find it? 

Purchase I’m Fine on Amazon in the format that works best for you!

Print version

E-book for Kindle

Would you share? 

Many of you have friends, family, and blog readers that would really benefit from the truths in this booklet. If I could meet them all, I would ask them to meet me for coffee and discuss it with them in person. Because that’s impossible, I hope you’ll share it with them for me!

Thank you for your support and prayers here at Dishes & Doctrine. My prayer is that this new resource is a blessing to your heart as you find your completeness in our Savior!

 

Exciting News!

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Life is busy. The laundry cycle never ends. Kids seem to contract the stomach bug at the least convenient times. There’s often a key ingredient missing for the recipe I need to make tonight!

That’s why I want Dishes & Doctrine to come to you! I know you don’t always have time to read an email or sit down to read a post at your leisure.

During our Galatians series, I decided to offer audio versions of each post and response was very positive. It was a huge help to busy moms to listen while literally washing the dishes or sweeping the floor!

That’s why I’m excited to announce that for the foreseeable future the Dishes & Doctrine Audio Blog is here to stay!

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In fact, we’re even officially on iTunes now so you can subscribe to automatically receive new episodes there.

So the basics:

  • Each week you’ll still find a new post here on on the blog.
  • It’s your choice if you want to read or listen. Just click the button at the top of each post to pop over to iTunes to listen.
  • Find any posts/episodes that you’ve missed on the Audio Blog tab or by searching on iTunes.

I really hope this is a help to you as you join me in seeking to know our God more through His word! “Talk” to you soon!

My Christmas Wish…..

The lights are twinkling. The spicy smell of the Christmas wreath candle brings back memories of years gone by. Something about Christmas Eve makes my warm hot chocolate taste even sweeter. The kids are too excited to go to sleep and I may not be getting any new toys or games under the tree, but I have to admit I’m pretty excited too!

My heart is overwhelmed with peace. Not because my circumstances are inherently peaceful, but because words from Matthew are still ringing in my ears from our before-bed story time.

“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

He is come! The Prince of Peace reigns!

As we wrap up an old year full of mistakes and regrets mixed with sweet memories and head into a fresh, untarnished year brimming with hope and uncertainty, His kingdom will never end! Emmanuel – God with us!

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My “wish” and prayer for you this season is that you will be overcome with the beauty of the eternal One who became man for you. May the realization of His eternal love and His eternal power over the circumstances of this broken world, bring you a peace that passes human understanding.

I will be taking the next few weeks to reflect on my Savior and rest with my sweet little family! I’ll “see” you in 2016!

Until then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

COMING SOON:

The last edition of the bi-monthly Kitchen Table Newsletter announced our upcoming series, Galatians: No Other Gospel. GalatiansThis series will begin January 10 and will touch on some of the major ideas/themes found throughout this awesome book of the Bible. I’d love it if you would take a little time before then to read through Galatians. You’ll glean so much more from this series of posts and can share some of your thoughts and insights in the comments!