Free book alert!

I thought this looked like an interesting read–and it’s free for today! His other books seemed pretty reasonably priced as well. Might be a good parallel resource for Bible study.

My devotional is back!

About this time last year, I came out with a devotional called In the Face of Injustice. It’s the beat of my heart to help mamas (and papas and aunties and daughters and whoever) dealing with difficult situations that make them feel helpless…and I decided that it’s not worth trying to sell it.

So the book will be available here on this site for free. Feel free to pass the link on to others in your life who might find it helpful.

I hope it’s a blessing to you, and if it is, would you just leave a note in the comments or shoot me an email at I’d love to hear about how God used it in your life. And slowly, I’m writing another one, so I’m hoping that’ll be out next year. (It takes longer than you’d think!)

Click here to get In the Face of Injustice for free.


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You’ve been in church, so you know what happens when the worship leaders try to take things acoustic sometimes. We think it’ll be fine; people will just sing together, sing with the guitar or the piano or whoever we let keep playing.

But it doesn’t work that way…without the drumbeat, people speed up. They slow down. They lose pace with each other. Because in order to sing together, we need a drumbeat like a body needs a heartbeat.

So what’s the drumbeat of your ministry? What unifies the parts into a whole? What keeps you on track? What keeps the river inside the banks so the crazy thing doesn’t flow all over town? And by that, I mean that there’s always more opportunity than you.

Let me say that again: there’s always more opportunity than you. There’s always going to be. So if we don’t try to define, refine, restrict what we’re about in a really laser-focused way, we’re going to run out of us.

Don’t do that, mamas. Please.

You’re loved and prayed for today. You’ve got this.

Summer Sanity Saver: Summer Book Bingo!

So I don’t know about your schools, but ours were encouraging summer reading. And by encouraging, I mean throwing scary statistics at us about AVERAGE CAPABILITY LOSS and SKILL RETENTION as educators are wont to do. (I’m a teacher, I can say that. It’s said with love.)

But that’s not my style. So I made you a bingo card! My intention was that you mark off books that fit each category: a book with a popsicle in it, a book with a red cover. But you know what? You could just play it as a game with your co-workers or with your kids and revel in those lovely summer words. See who can get five in a row first or play to blackout. Get creative!

Here’s the version for people who need to conserve ink (black and white):

And here’s the version for people who want it to look fancy-shmancy and to heck with their printing budget:

Worried about finding books with all these things? Don’t be. If you have a library card, you should be able to check out books through Overdrive or another ebook service and put them on any tablet or computer, anywhere in the world.

Or here’s another printable that’s more about where you read than what:

You’ve got this, mamas.

Monday Meme

Loved this from our friends over at Intermissionary

“We all know that when you mix yellow and blue paint you get blue. We also know that you can’t unmix the colors to get just yellow or just blue again. 

This is a great image of what it is like for missionaries and global servants. You left your home country with its thoughts, ideas, traditions, language, etc and you entered another country with its own thoughts, ideas, traditions, language, etc. Over time the two countries and cultures mixed together in you, at times sweet and other times painful and still other times so silent you didn’t even notice they were blending.

You are green now. You are not fully your home culture and not fully your host culture. You are a beautiful blend of both (or more if you’ve been serving in many places). While beautiful this can also be isolating because you may not feel like you fit in anywhere. 

Warrior, your green is stunning and breaking barriers.”

Life in the Armpit Podcast show notes

First, an apology to Barb: we recorded this 100 years ago, and then you politely pointed out that I said the wrong month in my intro…and I never fixed it. And because I never fixed, I didn’t post it. So there you go. I’m sorry for being simultaneously a perfectionist who cannot let things go and a lazy bum who won’t correct my own mistakes. I am an enigma.

Now, for the rest of you! As Barb and I were talking on the podcast, we talked about a LOT of sites and links. So here you go!


If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg

FREE/CHEAP KINDLE BOOKS: Don’t have a Kindle? You can get a free Kindle app for your tablet! Or your desktop computer! Or your laptop computer! So no excuses, okay? You can personalize most of these to get the kind of books YOU like. And if you feel guilty about getting a book for free, you can give the author a nice review in exchange (assuming you liked it). Mason Cooley said it best: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”


My Book Cave (love how specific they are about content!)

Amazon’s Top 100 Free Kindle Books

Project Gutenberg (good for classics)


Open Library



Need more? I always tell people that if you pay taxes where you come from, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use the ebook collection from your library. Look into it! And if it doesn’t work out, you can sign up for Overdrive to check them out yourself. It’s gotta be cheaper than buying them.


You’re maybe saying, “Who has time to sit down in front of the computer for this?” It’s so easy to put podcasts on your phone now. Live in the now, ladies–and “the now” is podcasts that we’re pretending aren’t just what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years through radio. Downcast and Stitcher are pretty good apps, if you need one.

The Moth. Oh, how I love it. You’ll either laugh or cry. Both are good. These are true stories told by the people who lived them, and they’re amazing.

How I Built This : Barb mentioned this one. Like her, I am an information junkie, so I’ll put it on my list.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: If you feel like you can’t keep up with the news (like me), this will help catch you up a little with a giggle thrown in for good measure. Caution: some of it is a bit crass for little ears, because, you know, politics.

Planet Money: This isn’t about your personal finances–it’s about how economies work. It’s about why you see blue pallets everywhere, it’s about why truffle oil is so expensive, it’s about why it takes so long to do online bank to bank money transfers. Curious yet?

New Heights Church: This church has been really intentional about blessing one of our programs in Indonesia, and that’s so cool to see. Their pastor, Matt Hannan, came to Idaho and did some training for us before we went to the field. Good stuff.

Andy Stanley: I’ve heard of him, but I haven’t listened to his stuff.

Craig Groeschel: I hadn’t heard of him. Maybe you haven’t either. Until now, obvs.

The Sporkful: Sounds like my kind of podcast, thought it might make me hungry, and as we all know, eating with earbuds in is just disgusting because you can hear yourself chewing. Oh, you’ve never tried that? Well…um…

Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: The last one seems to be about technology tools for moms, so maybe less applicable where you are, but she also had Ann Voskamp, so…

God Centered Mom: I listened to this one so much when I first had Peter. She did one on anger that had me in tears, it was so transparent and just…true.