Leave Yesterday’s Mistakes Behind

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Our past is a huge part of our future…our stories shape us and we become a women of our individual journeys. I don’t believe we can or should leave our stories behind us and think that we can just forget where we’ve been or what we’ve done.

But let’s not let our mistakes or sins keep us from the beauty that God has before us.

The ashes are a necessary part of the beauty, but don’t let the ashes direct us, let hope and trust in the Father direct us.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Your Life Is Waiting For You To Let It Happen

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Why do we fight so hard to hold on to a life that is far less than what it could be?

Old customs, habits and relationships that are stagnant and lifeless, yet we cling to them like worn blankies because they are comfortable.

What are you clutching that needs to be released?

Is it ideas about what will make you happy, but have failed to for years?

Is it hope that the past could have been different?

How about today, you decide that even though the outside world hasn’t changed, you have, and you’re not staying in this puddle pretending it’s an ocean, any longer.

Your life is waiting for you to let it happen. Let go of what’s keeping you from it.

The Summer 2013 Praise and Coffee Magazine, Our Last Issue

The Summer Praise and Coffee Magazine is here!

Click here to read: Summer 2013

It’s filled with great articles by amazing women. The topic is freedom, and we tackle it from all angles.

Freedom from our past, freedom to forgive, freedom from debt and more.cover summer 2013

Our last issue…

It was a little harder to press “publish” on this magazine. As you will read, it is the last magazine for an undecided amount of time. I tell you about the decision on the last pages of the magazine.

We’ve had three great years publishing this magazine! I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who submitted articles and poured their hearts out on the pages over the years. I’ve met some wonderful ladies along this journey and connected with women that have become friends in real life.

My focus is shifting and I have some other projects that have been calling for my attention for a long while and I’m hoping I can make some forward motion in those areas now.

The topic of “Freedom” was decided before I decided that this would be the last issue, but it is quite fitting. I don’t mean to say that I’m ‘free of the magazine’ because I’ve loved doing it. Loved it! But it is freeing to know that it’s ok to lay down something you love doing when you do it while trusting that God is leading you and has other things on the horizon.

It’s easy to go with the flow and once a system is started, just keep moving but the past few years I’ve learned to enjoy the fluidity of a relationship with Jesus. The message stays the same, but the vehicle changes. Freedom brings peace, but it often has to be fought for. We have to fight the voices and disappointments of others. Don’t expect everyone to love or understand the changes that God calls you to do.

But bravely step out, or step back, whichever you’re feeling the tug to do. Peace is the signature of a walk with God. I did not say quiet or calm or even easy, but I said peace, that inner sense that you’re on the right track and the contented rest that comes with trusting the Father’s love and leading.

I hope that even this move to stop publishing the magazine will encourage and inspire you to follow close to what God lays in your heart because His ways are always better than ours.


Here are some of the article pics if you would like to Pin them for us! And we would love it if you did!

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Spring 2013 Praise and Coffee Magazine is here!

Thank you to so many amazing women (and one man) who grace the pages of this issue!

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We do not have print subsciptions available yet but you can order the magazines individually here:

Praise and Coffee Spring 2013

Praise and Coffee: Praise and Coffee Spring 2013

Connecting women to encourage each other and inspiring them to draw closer to God.

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And for all of you wonderful Pinners, here are some Pins for you to share!
Also available on my Pinterest page:


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We’ve Had Enough of the One Way Conversations

Women are hungry for more. We’re tired of sitting back and listening, we’re ready to lean forward and join the conversation.

It's time to lean in and add to the conversation.

It’s time to lean in and add to the conversation.

Learn more about starting a Praise and Coffee in your community.

Lean in ladies! You have so much to add to the conversation.


Two Women Met for Coffee…

My good friend and Praise and Coffee partner Ronel Sidney posted this on Facebook today, it truly embodies the heart of Praise and Coffee:

Come join our conversation each day at Praise and Coffee on Facebook.

Don’t miss our new Menu in the magazine too!

The Fall Magazine is Here!



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Connecting Beyond the Four Walls of Church

I’m having a great week. My girlfriend Ronel, who is also the National Director for Praise and Coffee, flew in from California on Wednesday.

Since that moment it has been non-stop coffee drinking, sharing stories and Praise and Coffee talk. Denise, my partner with the magazine, came over yesterday too to spend the day with us.

Here we are gathered around my kitchen table with notebooks and iPad’s galore. (Notice Melissa Mashburn is not here, we are missing her!)

I want you to know these girls a little better so I am sharing their recent blog posts.
I agree strongly with what both of them are saying and much of our conversation has been about “being the church” beyond the four walls of the building. The girls took to the computer and wrote out some of what we’ve been talking about.

I AMEN both these posts:

Denise’s post: Frustrated With Religion

Ronel’s post: Connecting Beyond Barriers

I realize some of this may not be popular, but the status quo is not working…women especially are searching for real life connection and purpose as Christians.


If any of this resonates with you, you will love the magazine that’s coming out this month. New ideas, new motivation and tools to reach out to the women God has in your life (hopefully the ones outside your church!).

Have a great weekend!

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