September 28, 2015

Taming the To-Do List Giveaway

Today I’m excited to introduce my friend, Glynnis Whitwer, and share her new book, Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your BEST Work Every Day.

I keep a to-do list next to my computer, and it drives my day. In fact, a great day for me is when I have crossed everything off that list by the end of the day! The problem comes when I have not and those tasks carry over to the next day. That, my friend, can sometimes take me to the edge, worrying how I’ll get it all done the next day.

Can you relate?

Glynnis’ book helps with this dilemma. Rather than focus on getting “through” our “to-do” list, she helps us bring balance to our “to-do” list. Through personal stories and Scripture, she exposes a word many of us identify with … procrastination, explains what it costs us, and equips us to overcome it. They key is not to get all things done or more things done, it’s to get the “right” things done each day. It’s God’s agenda first, not our own.

Don’t you love that? So freeing!

Below please find a message from Glynnis’ heart to yours. And when you get to the end of the post, leave a comment sharing at least one way you struggle with your “to-do” list for a chance to win a copy of Taming the To-Do List!!


I faced hard, challenging work, which quite honestly made me wonder what I’d learned in four years of college. It was easier to plead busyness than to admit I felt under-qualified and afraid to try. Would my work show I didn’t have what it took?

Procrastination popped up its bossy head as I got involved in church, volunteering and leading small groups and Bible studies.  But its influence escalated when I answered God’s call How Can I Procrastinate When I’m So Busy?

Looking back, it’s obvious procrastination has been a life-long companion of mine. Only I didn’t see it because I was so busy.

Plus, it’s always been easy to find other things to blame. But digging down deep unearths the truth: I put things off that I really should do, I could do, but I choose not to do. And in doing so, my to-do list gets out of control.

Procrastination first showed up in school when I’d wait until the last-minute to finish an assignment. Just good enough to make the grade … but never feeling like I’d done my best.

It then showed up at my first job, when to write and speak.

It hasn’t controlled all areas of my life, but it’s impacted me enough that I finally said “no.” No to the lies that tomorrow will be easier.  No to the fear that I’ll look like a fool. No to the threat that my best isn’t good enough.

And I also finally said “yes.” Yes to addressing the underlying issues of my procrastination. Yes to being brave enough to face some weak areas.  Yes to hard choices that bring my responsibilities under control.

It turns out, my procrastination had a root problem. When faced with a choice between two tasks, my tendency is to choose the easier of the two.

For example, if I know I need to get housework done on a Saturday morning, but I also need to do some shopping. I’ll choose shopping, and then never quite get around to that cleaning.  Or if I want to work on a creative project, but I also need to answer emails. I’ll start on the emails, thinking I’ll eventually get around to my project, but then never do.

With enough choices like that, I leave undone the work that will make the most impact on my life.

I’m learning, with God’s help, to be honest with myself about why I procrastinate doing certain things. Some times the answer is easy. But sometimes I have to dig deep to discover some fear or perfectionist tendency that’s keeping me stuck.

Sometimes, I just don’t know the best thing to do next. This is when I desperately need wisdom beyond what I can muster to make the best choice. To find wisdom, I need to silence the demands of many, to hear the commands of One.

God is faithful, and His Word promises we can receive wisdom.  In fact, it’s a gift from God. Here is what James 1:5-6 says,

 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

My goal in dealing with procrastination isn’t to get more done. I want to get more of the right things done. Rather than follow my to-do list, I want to follow God’s to-do list for me.

It’s not easy, but it is possible. Thankfully God is faithful and an ever-present source of help. With His help, I have a manageable to-do list … most of the time.

Glynnis Whitwer is a wife, mother of five young adults and executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her latest book, Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day is available from Proverbs 31 Ministries. As a bonus for purchasing from Proverbs 31, Glynnis has prepared two time-management planner sheets to help you get control of your to-do list.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Thank you, Glynnis, for joining us today and for generously donating a book to give away. Okay, girlfriends, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Taming the To-Do List!!


August 28, 2015

A Prayer Just for You!

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I’m excited to share with you a prayer I wrote last year. The first time I used this prayer was at a leadership event at which my dear friend, Lisa Allen, and I spoke in Albuquerque last August. We closed our event praying this prayer … 1,000 women standing together, locked hand in hand, cloaking our hearts, minds and bodies in the Armor of God.

And then last month, the Lord gave me the opportunity to share it again at our Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. At the close of our session, Lisa Allen, Micca Campbell, and I had the honor and privilege of anointing over 200 women as they recommitted their hearts and their callings to God. Immediately after the anointing, we stood together, hearts aligned, and clothed ourselves in God’s Armor. As the words poured forth from our mouths, the Spirit felt so thick and full … I thought, surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place.

Sweet and faithful friends, my heart desires the same for you!! You are such a gift in my life. My prayer warriors. My encouragers. My true blessings from the Lord.

So, as this prayer goes out over my blog, I’m praying fervently for God to move in our midst. I don’t know when you will arrive to find the prayer and pray it, but God does. He knows who needs to be empowered and equipped with His Ephesians 6 Armor. Please know as I type these words, I am praying for every single women God draws here … and that includes YOU. Please leave your name in the comments below so that I can jump on and pray you by name.

Praying on the Armor

Heavenly Father, today we pray on Your Armor. Father, strengthen me with Your Helmet of Salvation. I am Your blood bought baby girl, a saved child of God. You have given me the Mind of Christ so that I can STAND against the culture and the lies of the evil one.

Father, cover my heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness. Thank You that Jesus defeated the power of sin and death at the cross, and it no longer has power over me. You have forgiven me of me of my sin and clothed me with Your righteousness. I STAND on that gift!

Father, gird me with the Belt of Truth. I believe with all my heart that Your Word is truth, and it is that truth and that truth alone that sets me free. I choose to believe Your truth and reject the lies of the evil one. I STAND centered and strong against his temptations, deception, schemes and accusations.

Father, I put on the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace. Make me ready to march into any battle set before me. Fill me with Your peace. I choose to be an instrument of that peace, to always forgive and not harbor bitterness, anger and unforgiveness in my heart. I STAND ready to live out and give an account for the faith I have in You today.

Father, I hold up the Shield of Faith. I trust and believe You at Your Word that You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great I AM. You alone are the Author and Perfecter of my faith. I trust You to meet all my needs. I reject a spirit of fear and STAND in the spirit of Your power, love and a sound mind.

Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit. I load my arsenal with Your rhema words given directly from Your heart to mine. I choose to hide Your Word in my heart. I choose to believe Your truth over Satan’s lies. Pour out Your Truth and Your Spirit over my life. Fill me with all wisdom and understanding. I choose this day to STAND on Your living and active Word.

Thank You, Father, for Your mighty weapons. Thank You that You have already won this battle. Thank You that I am a victor and that greater is You who lives in me than he who lives in this world. Thank You that I can do all things through Your Son, Jesus, who strengthens me. Today I surrender my battles to You and come under Your power and Your authority. Fill me with the fullness of Your Spirit. Use me to do Your Kingdom work. Father, show me Your Shekinah glory as I march onward as a child of the LIVING GOD. I ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

If this prayer touched your heart and you would like a copy for yourself or to pray, you can get a FREE copy by clicking here.

And I would LOVE to pray for you by name. So if you prayed with prayer, please leave your name in the comments section.

And if you get a chance to see War Room, which releases today, GO SEE IT!! I saw a sneak preview last night. POWERFUL movie about Prayer and Spiritual Warfare!! Click here for a sneak peek of the movie.

**** The winner of Amy Lively’s”BIG Giveaway” is Randi who posted on 8/25 at 9:19 a.m.

Please e-mail me at with your full name and mailing address so that we can send you your amazing gift package. ****


August 25, 2015

Love Your Neighbor Giveaway with Amy Lively

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

I met Amy Lively at She Speaks many years ago. She attended my session on “How to Start a Neighborhood Bible Study.” At the end of my teaching, Amy approached me, eyes gleaming, barely able to contain her enthusiasm. She explained how she felt that same nudge. She knew God was calling her to step out in faith … to invite. To do a new thing in her neighborhood.

Well, thank goodness Amy obeyed. Because the Lord has taken Amy’s passion, obedience and her very first invitation and transformed them into an amazing book, “How to Love Your Neighbor without Being Weird,” and an international ministry. To learn more about her book and her ministry, click here.


Today, Amy and I not only want to share a bit of her story with you, but we are praying that today’s message will encourage and equip YOU to step out in faith and do the same!

Amy has generously offered to give away a gift package to help you do just that! So in the comments below share who you would invite and/or how you would use her gift in your neighborhood.

Here is a bit more of Amy’s story …

Have you ever thought, “I want to love my neighbor, but I don’t know how”? How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively is packed with practical, adaptable tips and tools for introverts or extroverts, and people who live in big cities or small villages. If you want to get rid of the guilt about disobeying Christ’s #2 command to love our neighbor but don’t want to alienate or offend your neighbors in the process, this book is for you.

Amy wasn’t always a good neighbor – in fact, she says she wasn’t always even a good believer. In Chapter One she tells her story of running from God for 20 years before natural relationships with godly women changed her spiritual destiny—and this happened outside of church, at coffee shops and playgrounds. Once Amy returned to the Lord, however, it was as if Jesus was locked inside her house! She lived in her neighborhood for seven years before she attempted to get to know her neighbors, and even this was done kicking and screaming. She fought the Lord for a long time before finally inviting 89 neighbors over for coffee. This gathering of women in homes became an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café, and this book was also an outcome of her experience in her own neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Cafe

You may be asking, “Isn’t it ‘loving my neighbor’ when I support world missions or witness to my hairdresser?” Yes, it is… but we have globalized the definition of neighbor to include everyone in the whole wide world, conveniently excluding the people who live right next door—the ones who can reject us. Jesus had a different way of loving His neighbor. He simply sat down with His neighbors at their tables, in their homes, and they did life together.

Loving our neighbor means investing in relationships – it’s sometimes messy, but it’s always meaningful.

If you’re struggling to build relationships with your neighbors based solely on religion, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird teaches you six other areas where you can interact and engage with your neighbors: family, government, education, business, arts and entertainment, media. Along with religion, these seven areas have shaped every culture in every generation, and they are active forces in your community today. These areas impact the people living around you, and the influence of the Gospel is desperately needed in each area.

Amy's Giveaway


God knew what sociologists and archaeologists have also figured out: your entire community is safer, stronger, wealthier – and even lives longer! – when neighbors know each other’s names and are involved in each other’s lives. And on a spiritual level, loving our neighbors blesses us even more than it does them. You’ll never lean on God more or see Him more clearly than when you obey His #2 command.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win Amy’s BIG giveaway to help YOU invite your neighbors to get to know Jesus. Her BIG Giveaway includes:

  • 2 MUGS Adorable “Love Your Neighbor” mugs, one for you, one for your neighbor!
  • 10 CARDS to ask your neighbor over for coffee, board games, BBQ – you name it! Invite one neighbor or the whole block, whatever works.
  • 2 COFFEES Single-serve Columbian coffees.
  • 2 COASTERS to put under your steaming mugs.
  • 1 BOOK A signed copy of Amy’s book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.

I’ll announce the winner Friday in my next blog post.