Throwing Stones At a Mirror

This has been on my heart for a while and I couldn’t wait until this post was live. I was touched so deeply as I studied this story.

We know Jesus loves us, but this story helps me rest in His love. It brings peace when my heart is guilty and shamed, yet it also makes me fall in love with the person that God is.

Jesus gives us a beautiful picture of the Father in this story, I’d love you to leave a comment over at the Cafe and share your thoughts.

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Ever Struggle With Not Fitting In?

I sure have.

I wrote about it over at the Internet Cafe’:

“I think we do the same thing online. Girls start gathering around this ministry or that ministry…the Blissdom conference, the SheSpeaks conference, Praise and Coffee, Beth Moore siestas…the list goes on and on. If we’re not attending or on the inside track of these things, we feel isolated, alone and rejected.”

To read the rest of the post, click here.
Whose Circle Are You A Part Of?

Can you relate? Drop me a note over there if you can.

Another "Confessions of a Bad Mom" Post

Hey ladies!
I’m over at the Internet Cafe today sharing some stuff about homework, motherhood and my refusal to add 3 plus 4. I’d love it if you dropped by and gave some input!

Confessions of a Mom With Too Much Dander

Terror, Baked Beans and a Radio Show

Good morning girlfriends!

If you want to skip all the bunny trails on this post, just click over here to read my article today at the cafe’:

“Some Paths Are Lined With Terror (Avoid Those)”

But if you’re willing to take a plunge, here we go.

So, how is your week going so far? Mine’s pretty good. I’ve been getting ready for my buddies to come. Melissa and Ronel are getting on planes tomorrow to come hang out here in Michigan for a few days with me.
There will be much coffee drinking, giggling and probably some tears involved. That’s life with girlfriends.

And sometimes with daughters…like last night when my daughter and I were watching tv.

My husband, bless his sweet heart, has a cold. A terrible cold. He’s a hot mess when his sinuses decide to rebel on him. Red face, sniffly, coughing and blotchy.

Well, he went to bed early and Steph and I sat up watching old Burn Notice re-runs that she missed. I love Burn Notice, probably because Fiona is my alter ego. Or because I love her shoes. What’s cooler than blowing things up while running around on 6 in wedges?

Anyways, my husband yells down from upstairs, “Sue? Will you warm up the beans.”

I immediately pictured the pot on the stove from dinner, half full of baked beans.
Yes, I left the dinner dishes.
In this house, with grown children (and their girlfriends), I never know when someone might sweep through the kitchen and eat the leftovers.

And, I was lazy. Words With Friends was much more appealing than dish pan hands.

But, I was surprised that he was hungry for baked beans at 10pm.
And then he added, “so I can put them on my face.”

This really threw me until after a very confused few seconds I realized he meant the BAG of beans that you warm up in the microwave and put on the parts of your body that hurt. The warmth is soothing for sinuses.

But with wrinkled face I looked at Steph and whispered, “I thought he meant the baked beans.”
We both sat there and laughed our heads off a few minutes until I jumped up to warm the beans for him.

It was funny. But hubby didn’t think so.
It could have been the intense pain and burning sensation in his head. Or, and this is more likely, that he is not nearly as easily amused as I.

So anyway… I’m planning on lots of giggly girl fun this week and I hope you can join us when we do our online radio show.

It’s really easy to chat LIVE with us (chatting=typing on your computer). Just click on the link at 11 AM EST and the show will come through on your speakers.
Click here to hang with us:
Praise and Coffee Radio Show
And if you miss the show, you will be able to go back and listen later.

Hope you have a great day!

What’s UP?! I Miss You!

Before I even start with this crazy rambling post, I have to say Happy Birthday to Zoey, she is 1 year old today (she’s the one in the tiara).

(Lauren, Zoey and Stephanie)

I can not believe that I haven’t blogged in a month.
I apologize.
I just figure you’re probably so tired of hearing from me on FB and Twitter that I don’t want to bore you.

But I miss blogging. I think I’ll make a New Year’s resolution to start doing it more. I’ll start next year.

So what have I been doing???

Well, I’ve been busy on the magazine. The next issue comes out in just days and I really hope you like it half as much and I like doing it!
If not, just tell me that you do and you’ll make me very happy.

I’m also going to start doing more with our Praise and Coffee Blog Talk Radio Show.
Never heard of it?
That’s because we’ve never done one.
(Don’t worry, you’re not out of the loop…there’s no loop, just a circle. A circle of friends, and you’re in it! I’m totally singing that song by Point of Grace)

But we are starting in two weeks when Melissa Mashburn (Praise and Coffee Nights co-Founder) and Ronel Sidney (Praise and Coffee Nights National Director) are here- in Michigan- sleeping in my guest room!

Here is the link to that show, you can chat with us when we’re talking…it’s really easy!!!
“Starting a Praise and Coffee Night in Your Community”

October 6th at 11:00 AM EST.
Please come chat with us, we’d love to hear from you too!

And tomorrow night…September 22, 2011 at 8pm EST (7pm CST) I will be a guest on The True Vine Online Radio Show. If you’re not busy watching Friends (oh wait…that was years ago wasn’t it?) then feel free to listen. I’d love that. I promised all my FB friends, so I will promise you too, I’ll bake you a cake if you come.

And because you’re my sweet blog sisters, I’ll also come to all your kids football and soccer games.

All of them that fall on Monday night…that’s when I’m not busy.

Here’s the link:
True Vine Radio Show

And if you’re not completely sick of me by now…here’s my article at the Cafe’

Building Your Team with Unqualified People

Now it’s YOUR turn, what are you doing?????
I want to know.

Who Did God Call Me to Lead?

With so many needs, where would God have us share our lives?

I tackle this one in my latest post at the Internet Cafe.

Who Had God Called You to Lead?

I hope it brings you hope and peace.

Catching Up

Hello girlfriends!!
I hope you are having a great summer. We have been busy and this week is Lauren’s 7th birthday so the celebrations have begun!

I apologize for not blogging so much anymore, I’ve been putting my time and energy into the magazine and a few other projects I’m working on. I’ll share more on that later.
Thanks for sticking with me, you all are precious to me!

Today I’m over at the Internet Cafe’ talking about keeping it real as a leader.

The number one complaint I hear about Christians and church leaders these days is that they are not genuine. People are put off by the seeming “network
marketing” style technique that seems to be pervading churches lately. Of course
this is not true of all Churches or Christians, in fact I would say it’s not true of most. But I admit that I’ve found myself responding with caution and
wanting to ask “what’s in this for you?” as I’m charmed by certain leaders.

Click here to read the entire article: Keeping It Real In Ministry

Also, if you have always wanted to attend a Praise and Coffee Night and you are on Twitter, I want to invite you to a
Twitter Praise and Coffee Night

Thursday, July 28th from 9-10 PM EST.
Use the hashtag #pcnight and come join us as we connect, encourge, inspire and giveaway some fun stuff!!!
Here is the Facebook event page if you want to RSVP and leave us your twitter name (RSVP is not required though). Find me at: @praiseandcoffee
Twitter Praise and Coffee Night!

Stay cool this summer girls! I know you could never NOT be cool! 🙂

And to my local girlfriends, the next Plainwell Praise and Coffee Night is August 11, hope to see you!

You’re Not Doing Enough!

So, we declare our God to be the burden removing, yoke destroying One. But then we turn around and put the pressure on ourselves and others to DO more.
We exhaust ourselves trying to build a huge ministry and “keep up” with others.

If you relate to that in any way, check out my post on the Internet Cafe’ ~ Ministry Counter. If not, go back to laying in the sun and enjoying your summer 🙂

Much love!

You’re Not Doing Enough!

They’re talking about us…

Thanks so much Internet Cafe’ Ministry Counter for highlighting Praise and Coffee Nights this week!

Check it out…

What do the voices in YOUR head say?

I’m over at the Internet Cafe’ today, come see me!

Direct link to article:
“The Voices In My Head”

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