Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Choose To See!

When you have tears in your eyes, in your heart, does your worldview have to be tear-stained, too? Pain and sorrow are a part of life we can’t avoid, although we spend a lot of energy trying to. There’s not a person on this planet who will escape sorrow, but this pain can be useful to us. Now we have a peek into the benefits -- the very real, life- saving benefits -- of all of that. It comes from Mary Beth Chapman, the wife of GMA Dove Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Together they run Show Hope, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the orphan crisis around the world and provides financial assistance to families wishing to adopt. Mary Beth spent last fall on tour with her family and speaking for “Women of Faith” conferences. The Chapmans have 6 children -- one of whom is in heaven.

Mary Beth joins us this week to describe the nitty gritty of how wrestling with God after the tragic loss of their five-year-old Maria has taught her how to trust Him even more. Her book, Choosing to SEE, proves her point that God is good, even when things seem bad. She believes that no tears are wasted, because God hears a mother’s pain and sorrow and responds with hope and healing, as He daily helps us see His plan for good in the midst of evil.

I hope you'll set aside time just for this thirty minute visit with Mary Beth, with as few distractions as possible. She will speak truth to the deepest part of your soul, as she places your hand in the hand of God for the most difficult part of your journey.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Secrets to Measuring Up Kevin Leman, PhD

If you could understand why you’re so critical of yourself, you’d be surprised how simple it is to lighten up and enjoy life a whole lot more! This is such a favorite topic of psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman that he writes about it in his latest book, Why Your Best Is Good Enough. Dr. Leman is a former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on The View and the Today Show. So right away, you know you can expect a lively chat with him this week on Woman to Woman®!

You will sit up and take notice when Dr. Leman insists, “No matter what’s happened in your life, you are not a failure.” He means it and can prove it, and you can hang your hat on what he says to be true! You’ll leave this show with useful ideas to help you be comfortable with who you are and move on to believing that God had a great idea in creating you with the gifts -- and even the idiosyncrasies -- you have. Find out why it’s great to be you; you might be surprised! You’ll definitely want to listen twice!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peace of Mind or Mind in Pieces?

Think about this verse -- Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety in a [woman’s] heart weighs her down.”

You know that what rolls around in your head can keep you on edge and anxious. As women, generally speaking, we tend to take messages in, regardless of whether they’re true or not. Then they take on a life of their own and we’re off and running -- usually running into something we didn’t bargain for! We make mountains out of molehills and dissect a perfectly good situation until we can’t put the pieces back together again.

This week you’ll meet Debbie Holley who’s been encouraging women for thirty years. She describes us as “mental hoarders” -- but also says we have options to change! Debbie knows women; she knows we’re hard on ourselves. So she came up with a teaching series, part of which she’ll share with us Woman to Woman®. Debbie explains how we think and how to monitor ourselves when the thoughts cycling through our heads are counterproductive in our lives. Consider what’s going on in your life right now…and then tune in and learn how to choose which way to live -- with a mind in pieces or with peace of mind!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chance to Start Over

If you were offered a chance to start over again, would you take it? Or does that seem like finding a genie in a bottle, just make believe? For those of us who experience addictions, a second chance is exactly what we need. It’s what this week’s Woman to Woman® guest, award-winning vocalist and songwriter Sonia Lee, used to overcome her battle with alcohol. She’s changed her personal choices and her tune since she discovered God is the Lord of second chances. She’ll share all that -- and sing for us, too!

Alcohol isn’t the only addiction her solution addresses. Whatever grabs more of your devotion than it should, whatever drives your bus onto the wrong “highway” of life, whatever consumes you is an addiction. Hear about the possibilities for alternatives to that, how to one-up that addiction with something even more satisfying through a relationship with Jesus Christ, this week on Woman to Woman!