Category Archives: Inspirational

Chocolate Cake Marriage

Cake and Marriage

A few years ago, I got to listen to this amazing speaker at my MOPS group one morning, who likened marriage to cake. Now, if you know me well, you KNOW I have a sweet tooth, so any mention of cake and I’m all ears…

The short version of the talk: How well you follow the recipe for a cake determines how your cake is going to turn out, and your marriage is the same! It’s only going to be as good as what you put in to it. I loved the visual impact of this, because she even brought two cakes — one gorgeous, yummy chocolate cake, and one that looked like a pile of lumpy goo. Everyone could relate to this concept (hello, we’ve all messed up a recipe before… oh, and it’s CAKE), and she blessed us with many tips and ideas from a Biblical perspective that we could use to improve our marriages.

Chocolate Cake by @Stickelberry
Did someone say cake?

Fast-forward to early this year, when a great friend of mine called and put me and that same speaker in touch to format and publish a book for that very same talk! I can’t tell you how thrilled and just honored I was to be given the opportunity to help get this amazing message from Michelle Sullivan out into the world.

As I started to dive in to formatting, of course I read the book as I worked. My eyes were opened and my heart melted at Michelle’s story, how she was inspired and CALLED to write the book, and even more, I could see how I have failed to follow the recipe for my own marriage.

The Angel Made Me Do It - Chapter 1 from Chocolate Cake Marriage by Michelle Sullivan.
Called to Write

What a blessing this book is — it has spoken directly to me and my marriage, and I know it will speak to yours, too. It is full of so much wisdom, references to scripture, insights on how men THINK, ways to rekindle what brought you together with your husband in the first place… we are talking some REAL content here, topics that you might blush about, but that we ALL need to read.

As real as it gets, ladies.

And as a bonus, you’ll see some of my photos of chocolate cake and even a recipe for Michelle’s famous Mud Pie at the end! (did I mention CAKE?)

Back Cover

Don’t hesitate, get yours today and start reading the recipe every woman needs to get their hands on. God is doing some amazing work through this gifted soul, and is going to bless so many women and their husbands through her work.

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Always Enough, Never Too Much

Lies. In your head. We all have them. Don’t pretend like you don’t… you’re human, after all.

Sometimes they just pop out of nowhere and you find yourself going to The Dark Side (yes, Star Wars reference – Mom of BOYS, remember?). You get caught up in picking at and pointing out all of your so-called flaws, and forget that EVEN AT YOUR WORST, you are still loved and adored.

So this devotional caught my attention – for myself and for all of you! Sometimes you feel like you’re never enough, sometimes you feel like you’re just too much — so this devotional helps you get back to reality on both fronts (literally – it’s double-sided!).

From the publishers:

We’ve all been there. We know that sneaking, small voice in our heads all too well—you’re too loud. Too quiet. Too young. Too old. Too unimportant. Too ugly. Too silly. Too serious.

You’re not as successful as she is—look at her perfect family, look at her high-powered job, look at her great hair and size 4 skinny jeans. Why can’t you be more like her—be more in general? Why do you expect so much from everyone? Why can’t you take up less space? Ask for less? Be less?

The lies track well-worn paths in our minds and our hearts, wearing us down and making us question our role in God’s kingdom.

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, bestselling authors of Wild and Free will help you replace those lies with God’s truth. This devotional flip-book is designed for you, the woman who feels like she can be both too much and not enough—sometimes in the same day. When you  banish lies and insecurities and find your identity in Jesus, you can embrace these truths: You are always enough. You are never too much.

I love the topics for contemplation, they are so relatable! We have ALL had these thoughts..

… and these!

Such a great devotional to have on your nightstand to remind you that you are indeed just the way you’re meant to be.

Purchase yours HERE or click below to enter to win one of five copies!

Blessings,

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For Your Kingdom by Higher Vision

New Worship Music Album – WIN!

I LOVE worship music. Lately, honestly, it is all I listen to. It lifts me up, motivates me, and reminds me that God is always with me. Somehow, the perfect song always seems to come on when I need it most, and even my BOYS will belt out a little Lauren Daigle from time to time.

So, I was super excited to get an advanced copy of the debut album from Higher Vision (local here in California!), and I’m even more excited to be able to offer you a chance to WIN your own copy of the CD!

For Your Kingdom by Higher Vision

Week after week, Higher Vision Church is packed with nearly 3,000 adrenalized God followers. The 12-year-old multigenerational congregation just outside of Los Angeles is quite diverse, and that diversity takes center stage on Higher Vision Worship’s debut album, For Your Kingdom.

“When we design worship experiences at Higher Vision, with every light that moves and every video, our focus is on Christ,” explains Higher Vision’s Sean Loche (formerly of the groundbreaking group Worth Dying For) who produced the album. “And we’re always asking, ‘How are people engaging? How do we help people feel safe and loved in the power and presence of God?’ We try be a place for people to ‘jump in the pool.’ Sometimes they want to jump full-on in — and sometimes they just want to get their toes wet.”

That same vision for Higher Vision the church was applied to the songs on Higher Vision Worship’s For Your Kingdom. “The album feels like a miracle,” says worship pastor April Ashburn. “It feels like there’s something for almost everyone. Different styles and yet a well-rounded whole.”

The songs on the album offer a wide variety of style. There are two specific songs that have been stuck on repeat in my head — “Broken the Chains” and “We Cry Holy” have such beautiful melodies, they give me chills! And yes, I do sing in my car.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s a snippet of the title track, “For Your Kingdom”

Want more!?

WIN a FREE CD!Enter Here for your chance to WIN a free copy!

Know you want it?   Pre-Order HEREWhen you pre-order, you get access to immediately download two songs even before the album is out!

Good Luck & Happy Singing!

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Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

Indescribable: 100 (Super Cool) Devotions for Kids

Wouldn’t it be nice to find a really great devotional for kids that spoke to them at their level, and related everything they know about God to everything they know about science in a fun and engaging way?

Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

FOUND IT!

(Read on to learn more, and you’ll have an opportunity to win one for yourself, too! )

I was recently given the opportunity to check out this new book, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed. I love it, and the real audience (my crazy, geeky, science-loving boys) loves it even MORE. It has been such a blessing for us ever since it landed on our doorstep, and I want to share it with you so you can be blessed by it, too!

We’ve been reading it every night, and you know it’s good because they aren’t satisfied with just reading one devotional; we have to read and discuss at least 5, and they are always so bummed when it’s time to put the book down and go to bed!

Indescribable

First of all, it’s gorgeous — beautifully illustrated with bright colors, so eye-catching it is irresistible. Who wouldn’t want to open this book, it begs to be opened!

It’s even better on the inside. Each devotional is two pages, featuring scripture and a science topic that ties to that bit of scripture perfectly……

… filled with interesting facts and how it all relates to God and the reader. It ends with a lovely prayer to tie it all together.

Our favorite part is the “Be Amazed” section — from which I get a lot of “WHAT?!?” and “No Way!” responses when I read!

The author, Pastor Louie Giglio, invites kids to think about the questions they encounter in day-to-day life and to find God’s glory in creation.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Creation
  • Evolution
  • Animals
  • Dinosaurs
  • Space and the universe
  • Molecules and tiny matter
  • Medical science and medical miracles
  • Our amazing bodies
  • Geology and fossils
  • Weather and the atmosphere

This devotional is unique, engaging (so fun!), and beautifully designed — a must-have for any Christian family, and it would be a great addition to any Christian elementary school classroom, as well!

So here’s the fun part — want to WIN a copy of this AMAZING book!? Just Click Here:

Win a Copy of Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

Can’t wait? Want it NOW? You can get yours on Amazon Right Here!

Indescribable on Amazon It is already a #1 Best Seller in Children’s Christian Prayer Books

From the publisher:

It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce what his hands have made.” Indescribable displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do — it’s brilliant.

Blessings & Happy Holidays!

Vaughn LOVES this book!

-D & the Boys

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