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Top Fan!

I am a HUGE fan of Karen Kingsbury and recently entered a contest to have my name listed in her latest book as one of her top fans and I found out the other day that I WON! I am super stoked!


I have chosen you to be listed in the back of my upcoming book, Truly Madly Deeply, as one of my top fans!! This book is dedicated to you!!

The thing is, I really see you as a friend, not just a fan. Your letter telling me why I should choose you as a Top Fan was so heartfelt, so personal. It truly matters to me that you care so deeply about my books.

I always say, “God puts a story on my heart, but He has you in mind.” Only He could do that, and because of Him, I am most blessed that you and I are forever connected!!

I had the exciting opportunity of meeting my favorite author of all time!

I’ve been reading Karen’s books since college. My friend, Tracy, lent me one of her books and I was hooked from the first paragraph!

I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to all her books. 🙂 And she has A LOT!

Karen knows how to draw the reader in from the first sentence.

She offers a writing course online at Liberty University and I totally wish I could take it one day!

For all my reader friends out there, who is your favorite author?

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Stagnant Faith No More

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King

I wish I could bring so much more

But if it’s true You use broken things

Then here I am Lord, I’m all Yours

Matthew West, “Broken Things”

Lately I’ve been extremely restless. I know I’ll have to bring this up to my doctor and I’m sure an increase of my medication will be discussed.

So many thoughts race through my head. Am I worthy enough? Am I smart enough? Am I….enough?

I just wish I could get these thoughts of inadequacy and unworthiness out of my head. Satan knows my weaknesses and he is definitely on the warpath. He sees me panicking and is ready to swoop in and set up camp.

I fear I’ve become stagnant in my faith. I feel I’m not moving forward in my relationship with the Lord. I am feeling so disconnected with God and I realize it’s my fault. God hasn’t moved, it’s ME that’s stopped walking.

So if you wonder if the prayers you pray

Are bouncing off the ceiling, you’re feeling alone

I want you to know, know

You are known

And if you wonder if you’re just another nameless face

In a crowd, well, now you’re home

I want you to know, know

You are known

Matthew West, “You Are Known”

Y’all. Matthew West writes great songs! I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song of his that I didn’t like. I think one of my absolute favorites is “The Motions.” Definitely check it out if you’ve never heard it.

This might hurt, it’s not safe

But I know that I’ve gotta make a change

I don’t care if I break,

At least I’ll be feeling something

‘Cause just okay is not enough

Help me fight through the nothingness of life

Matthew West, “The Motions”

I know I must make a change. I’ve been stuck in this rut for far too long. I’m tired of going through the motions as a Christian. How am I serving God by living like this? That’s easy, I’m NOT. I feel I’ve failed you, my readers.

How can I be a witness if, in my own life, I’m not living the way I should be? I mean, c’mon! My blog is “All You Need Is Jesus!” I feel like a hypocrite. But that is going to change. I am slowly getting back on track and back in my walk with the Lord.

1 John 1:9 assures me that if I confess my sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST to forgive my sins.

Bear with me as I find my way again.

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What Is True Christian Living (What Does NOT Make One A Christian?)

Such a thought provoking post.

I’m going to try to write this as gently as I can. This topic is something I have been heated up about since I was 13 years old. It’s a topic that we very easily can discuss with finger-pointing at everyone else, except ourselves. I want to write this bearing myself in mind, and being open to falling short.

Another clarification I am going to put right at the beginning has to deal with godly living because I’m positive this is going to come up. Godly living is a fruit that comes from salvation, godly living does not give us salvation. Godly living is a process as we grow our relationship with Jesus Christ, something all believers should desire to grow in. A new believer should not be expected to have the maturity of a Christian who has been devoted for 30 years. See this post for my clarification between…

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It’s Been Awhile…(again)

I wish I had a good reason for being away for so long. But nope, I’ve just been lazy. I also wish I could say a lot has been happening these past few months….but again, nope. (stupid Corona.)

And lastly, I wish I could say I won’t take as long of a hiatus as I did from this blog but I can’t promise that won’t happen again. (I have this terrible habit of starting something than fail to see it through. I want to work on changing that, so please pray for if you will.)

How have you all been? It has been blistering hot these past several days. I’m talking temps into the 100s with heat indexes as high as 127. Can we say heat wave? I think on Friday it’s supposed to be in the low 90s so hey!!! A little cool wave, LOL

I have to have a sleep study done within the next month or so because apparently I snore. Apparently. Yeah, no I know I do. It’s woken me up a couple times. I’m thinking I have sleep apnea but I’ll found out soon enough!

I would like to write more but I’m literally falling asleep at my desk. I had to take a muscle relaxant and I can feel it’s effects slowing taking over my body, LOL.

I just wanted to get on here and let ya’ll know I am still here, I promise!