One More Serving – A Book Review

You know how you feel when you take the last bite of Oreo cheesecake? Or maybe hot apple cobbler with ice cream on top? You wish for more. Just one more serving.

That’s the feeling I was left with after reading Kathy Brunner’s book, One More Serving. When I told Kathy I’d love to read her book and give it a review, I had no idea how touched I would become. Touched by the stories she tells of life changing moments. In her book, Kathy shares stories of people who’ve hit rock bottom and gotten back up. She draws you in with her descriptions of life changing events and how those events have shaped individuals into something more. More than ordinary.

Kathy tells the story of Bobby, who never dreamed when he kissed his wife goodnight, his life was about to change. While he slept, a drunk driver crashed his truck through the walls of Bobby’s home and ran over his sleeping wife. But Bobby didn’t let the death of his wife paralyze him. He used it as motivation to encourage others to make a difference in their own lives.

This is just one of the incredible stories in the book. Some are so astonishing, you won’t be able to put the book down. Kathy’s words and the stories she tells will inspire you. Want to see for yourself? Visit her website to order your own copy of the book.


You Hot?

My legs were sticking together and a bead of sweat rolled lazily down my back. “Ugh. I’m hot,” I thought and glanced at the unmoving ceiling fan. “You hot?” I asked my husband. “Nope,” he replied never taking his eyes off the blood-squirting, shoot-em-up movie he was watching.

“I’m dying,” I complained.


“It’s an inferno in here. I wonder if the air is working,” I continued.

No response.

Incensed, I shoved up out of my chair and crossed the room to flip on the ceiling fan. Behind me there was a sudden quiet, as the love of my life paused his movie. “Why didn’t you just ask me to turn on the fan?”

I walked back to my chair cooler but confused. Had I not made it clear that I wanted my hubby to turn on the fan? Sometimes husbands and wives speak two different languages – or so it seems.

Lack of effective communication is one of the biggest happiness blockers in marriage. Notice I said effective. I communicated with my husband my need for the fan, but I didn’t successfully make him understand I wanted him to turn it on. Often in relationships we throw in the “genie factor” when making our wishes known. We give hints of what we want and hope the magic genie will help our spouse recognize our desires.

Let me save you years worth of arguments and thousands of dollars in counseling bills by telling you the key to effective communication. Wait for it.

Be specific when telling your spouse what you want.

Would you turn on the fan for me? I’m hot.

My back is sore. Would you mind rubbing it for me?

Would you help with paying the bills by being responsible for all things medical?

I might eat one of the children if I don’t get chocolate. Could you run to Kroger and buy me some plain M&M’s? Not the peanut kind and not the peanut butter strawberry kind. Just so we are clear.

See? It’s not hard at all. Next time you find yourself glaring at your significant other because they haven’t noticed your toes turning blue with frostbite and offered to hand you the blanket right next to them, take a deep breath and say, “Could you please pass me the brown fuzzy blanket?”

You are on your way to a truly happy marriage already.


Give the Lord Some Praise!

Do you need a reason to praise today?
Psalm 57:9
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.

Psalm 64:10
Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!

Psalm 68:4
Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him.

Psalm 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah

Psalm 68:26
Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.

Psalm 72:18
Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Psalm 86:12
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 89:5
The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

Psalm 89:52
Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

Praising Him,


…Then Comes Marriage

Do you squeeze the toothpaste from the end or the middle? Does toilet paper go on the roll so you pull from the top or the bottom? Do you know how to talk so your spouse will listen?
I’m excited to announce Alan and I will be leading a marriage conference this month in Fayette, Alabama at Southside Baptist Church. It will be April 23-24, and YOU are invited! If you live anywhere near Fayette, we’d love to meet you there. The cost is $40 per couple. It includes a steak dinner Friday night, a light breakfast, and lunch on Saturday. Call the number on the poster to make reservations.

Alan and I have a passion for marriages. When we hit year five in our own marriage, we began to see many friends’ marriages fall apart and break. It bothered us. We wanted to fix them. We quickly found out we couldn’t, but we knew the One who could. Our desire to help others create stronger marriages led us to being marriage mentors at our church.
Soon after, we were approached by some close friends about starting a marriage class with them. We were immediately hooked on teaching and sharing about building lasting relationships. God is opening doors, and we now embark on a new journey as we start marriage conferences.
Alan and I are not teaching conferences because we have the perfect marriage. We’re leading conferences because we have an imperfect marriage and aren’t afraid to share the journey with you. But most importantly, we are teaching because we have been called.
If your church is interested in having us come to speak or lead a full conference, please contact us at I’d love to talk to you.

We have also partnered with an incredible company called Union 28. They sell fabulous t-shirts, and have graciously sent Alan and I both tees to wear. Mine says My Husband Rocks. What an incredible way to lift up your spouse! Guys, they have tees for you, too. Alan’s shirt says My Wife Rocks. There are many other styles, as well. Click the box above to take you to their site. Be sure to check out their “about us” page and read how they got their name. You’ll love it. Union 28 is generously offering “sheep to the right” readers 10% off through May 1. Use the code in the box above when you check out.
Please pray for Alan and I as we minister to the kind folks in Fayette later in the month. And if you can come, let me know. I’ll be looking for you! God is doing great things!!
In Him,