Friday, January 30, 2009

Featured on Today!

Today and probably through the weekend, catch my article on "The Male Church Leader's Guide to Female Conflict Resolution" is an adaptation of a chapter from our new release Leading Women Who Wound. Crosswalk has featured it as their top article for the day, but you can find it here at all times.

The book itself arrived this week, and as always it was a thrill to hold my new "baby" for the first time. I told my son, who was standing there when I opened the box--feet tapping, face beaming--that it was almost like holding him when he was born. A new creation that I helped produce :). So exciting, so rewarding.

He laughed at me. Then he got serious.

"Can I have my snack now?"

Monday, January 26, 2009

Planning Ahead...WAY Ahead

Next fall my middle child will enter kindergarten. He seems pretty excited. His little sister, who will still be 3 when the fall semester starts, seems even more excited--and she can't even attend! But I've come to realize that with her pal gone, she is going to be one lost little soul wandering around this big house alone. No, wait--she's going to find ME and demand ME to be her new playmate!

At a reasonable rate, hanging out with my daughter and teaching her to read, write, and do arithmetic on the pre-K level isn't such a bad gig. I can do that a few days a week, and it will be fun to have that one-on-one time with her. But 5 days a week?? She will get lonely, I will go crazy, and my freelance business will tank. She needs company. And so I begin searching for preschools in the area...

Lo and behold, it's time to register her at some local church preschools... NOW! Slap down that deposit, get her on that list. Dang. I live in a semi-rural town, with a big city 10 miles away and other small towns in between. I'd really rather not drive 40 miles a day if I can help it. But such is life up here in the boonies.

So, if anyone in the area who happens to read this blog has any suggestions on great preschools (2 day, 3 day programs), please let me know! My research has begun, but it needs help.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Quotable Oswald Chambers:

"Guard jealously your relationship to God.... Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone."

My Utmost for His Highest, Jan 20

Monday, January 12, 2009

Free Suze Orman Book...Really!

Need a little financial guidance in these trying times? I recommend Suze Orman. Her perspective and advice has always been down to earth, practical, helpful, and sound. She's the only "talking head" I've actually stopped flipping channels to listen to, about money.

For the next few days, through January 15, you can download her latest book for free here. (Yet another surprising positive from Oprah.) Thanks to Katy over at fallible for the lead.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Anticipation Continues

The passing of Christmas often brings about a mild down-turn in people's pyches. That anticipation of what might happen, the excitement of what does happen...all that is over and now we're back to school, back to work, back to routine. Fortunately, I happen to have been born in late January.

I do not experience the post-Christmas blues, for my birthday looms in the not-too-distant (but not too close, either) -future. My anticipation continues.

Usually, the anticipation proves more thrilling than the actual outcome. But I've never really cared. Just knowing my big day is at the end of the month makes January my favorite time of year. It redeems winter for me. Silly, I know.

This year my hopes are a little higher than usual, for I anticipate a unique birthday present: a copy of my newest book, Leading Women Who Wound. It's being released February first, from Moody Publishers, and usually authors get their copies a tad early. In this case, just in time for my birthday.

Celebrate with me by checking it out and possibly ordering your own copy of Leading Women Who Wound.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

From the Texas Hill Country, near Llano, the Mathews family send you best wishes and greetings for the new year. And if you are close family or friend, we may send you some venison! John has been busy hunting all week, bagging two bucks out here on the Big Ash Ranch, which belongs to the father of one of his former students. They very kindly invited us all out to enjoy their ranch house and hunting privileges. Take a look: