The Proper Way To Smoke

Oh, don’t freak out.  I don’t smoke or at least if I did, I’d do the proper preacher wife thing and keep it a deeply hidden secret.

The smoking I’m referring to are the smokin’ ‘hot coals’ Paul refers to in Romans 12:17-21 that he promises are heaped upon the heads of those people whom we repay kindness for evil.  This idea is one of many in scripture that require much more than a cursory reading to understand the intent of the instruction.  This is my personal ‘go to’ passage in life and ministry anytime I find myself in conflict or tempted to be unforgiving or vengeful.   The inability to forgive is one of the most common subject of notes I receive from you girls who are struggling in relationships – whether they be within your church, workplace, friendships, or in your own home.  

I’m telling you all of this because I’ll be sharing on this topic Tuesday, March 16, at 10 a.m. during the Woman Inspired Online Conference that is taking place all this week.  For those of you unfamiliar with the format, you basically sign in to a website that enables you to hear and view audio/power point presentations from many, many speakers.    If you haven’t yet registered or want to learn more, you can do so here

Here’s  a synopsis of my session.  I hope you will listen in!

Heaping on Coals:
Practical Steps to Exercising Biblical Forgiveness

Forgiveness.  It’s a thing easier said than done – especially when the person who needs grace isn’t asking for it.  The truth is, friends betray out of impure motives.  Coworkers lie to manipulate their way into that position you’ve always wanted.  Husbands and/or boyfriends leave when they aren’t  ‘in love’ any more.  Church members gossip about your child’s problems rather than offer support.  Life hurts, people hurt, and yet we are exhorted to overcome.

 What does it mean to forgive and forget?  Is that even realistic?  How is it fair to me if I let that person off the hook for what they have done?  Will I have to be a bff to that one (or many!) who wronged me?  How can I move past all this bitterness so my intimacy with God, my service to Him, and trust in others can be renewed?  Join Lisa for a teaching on Romans 12:17-21 to learn practical steps towards allowing God room to mend broken hearts and relationships.

So tell me, are you struggling with unforgiveness? Feel free to share in the comments so we can pray for one another and I can hopefully present you with a teaching that will meet your needs!

A Woman Inspired Conference Ticket Giveaway

**Comments now closed. Winners announced shortly!**

Many of you have heard about the fabulous ministry of The Amy’s over at A Woman Inspired. Together they produce several online conferences per year covering every topic imaginable.

I’m honored the girls have asked me to speak again this year at  Get Revived. The conference is March 15-19th and the cool thing is you attend through your computer by webinar! No hotels or plane tickets. No laying out your kids’ school clothes before you leave so your husband doesn’t dress them like a doofus. All you have to do is cozy up in front of your computer with a drink in one hand, a pen in the other, and get ready to take some great notes from an amazing line up of some of your favorite teachers and speakers. (I’m being very presumptive in including myself in that description.) The registration is only $12.95 for 5 days of sessions. And don’t worry, if you have to miss one you will be able to listen later because all of the mp3’s will be available as part of your fee.

Visit A Woman Inspired: Get Revived to learn more about the conference and how it works. My session will be on March 16th at 10 a.m. EST. I hope you can listen live because one of my favorite features of this format (say that five times fast) is your ability to chat and interact with all the other attendees while I’m talking. For real. How many conferences do you attend where you don’t feel guilty for texting through them? I love glancing at the instant message window to make sure I’m resonating with you since I can’t see your lovely faces glaze over if what I’m saying doesn’t make sense. In this case, a silent chat window is my cue that it’s time to clarify or move on.

Speaking of moving on, let’s get to the giveaway!  I have 5 TICKETS to offer for this conference!  Simply leave a comment on this post before midnight Monday, February 15th and if you would like – add to the comment by telling me one thing/area of life/issue on which you would really love to hear  biblical teaching. (Not a requirement for an entry.)  That should be a clue that I’ve not nailed down my topic (I’m waffling between three) but hopefully you girls can be the Holy Spirit in confirming it for me! I’ll randomly choose the winners and announce on Tuesday.  Remember, if you don’t have a blog please provide an email address so I can contact you with registration info if you are chosen.

Don’t Forget !

Tomorrow begins A Woman Inspired – an entirely online conference experience. No cute hair, capri pants, or fresh mani-pedis needed. Just have a seat with your favorite computer and embrace what God has ordained for your mind and heart over the next few days. No worries if you can’t listen live! All the sessions will be available for download with your registration.

There’s still time to participate. Visit to register. Yours truly is teaching on Tuesday at 2 p.m. central time. My topic is “Bigger Than Your Biography: Allowing God to Establish Your Ministry.” Are you already registered? I’d love to know who will be there!

p.s. I’m back home from Arkansas/Oklahoma. I’ve got lots to say about that so tune in tomorrow. Hugs to all the Grace Girls!

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