March Reading Round-Up: My Book Picks for This Month

1. Poison by Jordyn Redwood I loved Jordyn’s first book, Proof, and so I knew I’d love Poison.  And, while I don’t want to give the plot away, I can definitely say that Poison didn’t disappoint.  This book is fast and furious, but also slow enough to allow you to get to know the characters as if they were friends.  I have always liked Jordyn Redwood– both as an author and as a person– and I’m so thrilled for the opportunity to recommend her latest work to you. 2.  Renewed:  Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World by Lucille Zimmerman I have followed Lucille’s blog and Facebook page for years and have always found her words wise and refreshing.  And this book is no exception.  As moms, it’s so easy to put ourselves last while we attend to kids, work, housekeeping… life.  But Lucille has taught me that taking care of myself means I have the emotional capacity to take care of others.  And that’s so refreshing.  This book is full of practical strategies, easy-to-implement ideas and encouragement. 3. The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson I love a good read-under-the-covers read.  And Lisa Samson delivers with this one.  It’s light, fun and full of surprising twists and turns.  Samson takes you from a rent-a-mob encampment to Florida to downtown Baltimore to a decaying mansion inhabited by a famous artist.  And then she shows you that all of the twists and turns that come in this life are orchestrated by an all-loving and all-powerful God who loves you more than you know. 4. Working Women of the...

The Power of Prayer

A few weeks ago, my daughter asked to pray before dinner.  “Dear Jesus,” she said loudly,  “Help my mommy to be happy tonight.  Help her to get the dishes done.  Help her to read us a story.  Help my daddy to come home from work on time.  Help my brother to be kind to me.  Help the baby not to cry all night…. ”  And, she went on and on and on.   When she finally said “amen”, I asked her why she had so many requests for God and she said “Mooommmy, if we want God to do stuff for us, we have to ask him.”  Duh. Yeah, duh. It’s so easy for me as a mom to get caught up in my to-dos and forget that through prayer, I can have the ultimate helper to carry me through my trials.  God answers prayers—and that means I need to take every task, every problem, every need, every anything to him.  So, how can I as a mom—a mom who’s life is full of disruption and chaos—have a rich and fulfilling prayer life?  Here are a few ideas: Use God’s Word.  Last year, I was the ghostwriter on a book entitled “Praying God’s Word for Your Life“.  The book focused on using scripture as a tool for prayer and as I researched and wrote, I was inspired.  I took that inspiration and started praying the book of Ephesians for my kids.  For several months, I read Ephesians and verse-by-verse used God’s words to inspire prayer for my kid’s faith, their safety, their love, their hope, their lives. Write down your...

Book Launch Contest: What I Wish I Had Known

I want to make it really easy to share your best mama-to-mama tips. So, there are three ways to enter: 1.  Via Facebook:  Head to my Facebook Page and click on the contests tab.  Submit your idea, click enter and you’re done.   2. Via Facebook Comment: Leave a comment in the comments section the post on my Facebook page that features the image you see at left and you’ll be entered to win. 3.  Via my friend’s Facebook Pages:  The following authors/bloggers are partnering with me on this contest.  You may see the icon at left on one of the following Facebook pages, along with an invitation to enter the contest, feel free to comment directly on the Facebook page.  I will collect entries from that person. Please note that only the following people are partnering with me on this contest and thus able to collect entries. Kathi Lipp Family Wings Consulting     Have fun and good luck… I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Contest ends on Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013) so enter...

GIVEAWAY: Win Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

Here’s your chance to win a brand new book before you can even buy it!  My friend Becky Wade’s new contemporary romance releases in May… and she’s giving away five copies of her book to my readers NOW so they can read it BEFORE they could even buy it.  Cool, right? Plus, entering is super, super, super easy.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this Facebook post telling me why you want to win.  I’ll choose five winners at random, you’ll get the book in the book in the mail.  Easy, peasy, right? CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW. I read Becky’s other book, My Stubborn Heart, last month and LOVED IT.  It was so funny and warm and hilarious and everything else.  I know you’ll love it,...

Jesus On Those I-Can’t-Do-It-Days

  There are days that I forget all about being a godly mother.  Days where the melee of kids overtakes me and makes me forget all about things like godliness and self-control.  Case in point:  today. My five-year-old daughter Kate woke up at 5:42 am.  And, as if waking up at 5:42 am wasn’t enough, she also decided to roll out of the wrong side of the bed at 5:42 am, so by the time I drug myself out of bed at 5:47 am, she had been whining shrilly at the foot of my bed for five minutes about who knows what.  And, what my whiney early-bird hasn’t yet learned is that when mommy is up at 5:47 am and hasn’t had her coffee yet, mommy isn’t exactly patient and kind when it comes to whining and throwing yourself on the floor in a fit of hysteria because you want chocolate milk. The morning got worse from there.  My son lost a piece from his Lego Star Wars and couldn’t comprehend when I didn’t drop everything—including feeding the baby—to look for it.  My daughter helped him look, but instead of finding the piece, she found his dinosaur book, which he suddenly wanted to read, which led to a full-on wrestling match on the living room floor.  And I still hadn’t had the chance to turn on the Keurig. My point in telling you all this (aside from giving you the reassurance that your household is totally normal):  Godly character isn’t inherent.  In anyone.  Especially kids.  And as a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in mixing chocolate milk...
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