Want to Know a Little Secret?

Shhhh. I have a little secret.  But I plan on sharing it – and I’m excited about it. :)

The thing is, I used to be great at keeping secrets.  Especially the secrets of my past that I didn’t want other people to know. I was convinced that as long as I kept up the charade of being the perfect Christian girl, that everyone would like me. But it’s hard to live behind the shadow of a mask. So God called me to share what I wanted to keep secret, and I’ll admit – there are days when I don’t really appreciate Him doing that.

But on most days, I am thrilled beyond belief  to know that God had plans to turn experiences of my past which I thought needed to be kept secret, into opportunities for ministry that I would never have imagined.

In less than 12 weeks, the story God has been writing in my life, full of former secrets which God has now perfectly transformed into stories of peace and purpose, will be out in the open in my new book  Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past To Create A Beautiful Future.

I’m excited. Nervous. Anxious. Panicked actually. In fact, lately I’ve found myself wanting to hide out in my bedroom and lock the door and not come out until Christmas. Why?

Because when my secrets are exposed, the opportunity exists for people to judge me.

Because sharing our deepest secrets and most painful heartaches of the past is a scary place to be.

Because I’m an emotional kind of girl, and I’m human, and I sometimes worry about what people might say about me.

Because  I know there is a chance that people might think differently about me, or even persecute me.

Because when we open ourselves up for real, feelings of vulnerability can be overwhelming – and nauseating.

But regardless of all those fears, I am excited – because I know there is a higher chance that ministry will take place. That God might use this message to help a broken woman, and a broken heart, find healing and peace. That God would empower women to take a bold leap of faith and do that thing He has laid on their hearts that they have been too afraid to do. That God would help a precious someone escape the shadows of shame and secrecy and recognize that redemption always wins.

So with great faith, I’m sharing my secrets. Not only about what God has done, but about what He has plans to do – in my life and in yours. And in October, you get to peek into my past, my life, my story and I’d love to have you join me on the journey from this point forward. Because God has great plans for all of His children, and that is exciting!

The secret I want to let you in on today is that you are the first to be invited to consider applying for the Your Life Still Counts Launch Team, which will simply be a group of God’s girls helping to spread the powerful message that God has  a special purpose for each one of us – not despite our past, but because of it.

Visit the Your Life Still Counts Launch Team page for all the information. and then if after praying about it and thinking about it, fill out the submission form if you’re interested.

But might I ask you to pray for me either way? My rapidly beating heart could certainly use it.   :)



** The winner of last week’s Stressed-Less Living Book & Journal giveaway was Rebecca, who posted at 2014/07/23 at 3:06 pm**

When A Messy House Steals Your Joy

SLL site graphic

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a total neat freak, I do like my house to be neat. And tidy. And clean. And clutter free. And organized. Okay, maybe I am a neat freak. But if you ask me, nothing beats a clean house. It just brings a calm into a woman’s soul knowing that she […]

[Continue reading...]

6 Tips For Facing Bullying With Faith


“Nothing hurts a mom’s heart more than when her child’s heart is broken or her spirit is crushed.” That sentence was extracted from my Proverbs 31 devotion today, yet as I read my own words, I can again feel the emotion bubble up in my throat as I think how hard it was to watch […]

[Continue reading...]

God Will Give Us More Than We Can Handle

You might be thinking there is a word missing in the title of this post. Don’t people always say “God will never give us more than we can handle” ? Yes, they certainly do. However, that is a worldly belief, not a biblical one. There is nowhere in the Bible where God says He won’t […]

[Continue reading...]

Love You Forever


Whew it has been a whirlwind at the Miles’ house lately! My oldest finished her sophomore year of college, my second oldest graduated from high school, and my youngest completed his first year of high school with flying colors. But it was all of the graduation excitement that seemed to take the most energy. Not […]

[Continue reading...]

The Only Way To Find Victory Over Worry

In today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, I shared a story about how my husband pointed out that I worry too much. And although I didn’t really appreciate it, I sort of new it was true. I think my tendency to worry began the moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child over twenty […]

[Continue reading...]

Prayers for Your Children


Many people responded to yesterdays’ post regarding my offer to pray for your graduating children, and rather than just saying I would do it, I wanted you to know I read each comment and am praying for them and all those whose names I don’t know, but God does. Dear Jesus, this is a tough […]

[Continue reading...]

It Finally Hit Me


Last night was Senior Youth night at my church where we have been attending for twenty years. There was no formal program, just fellowship and laughter, and a chance for the graduating Seniors who were present to sit on stage and answer a few questions about their memories of church events, each other, family and […]

[Continue reading...]

Remember to Enjoy Being a Mom.. & a $75 Giveaway!


Have you ever had one of those days when you only have one little nerve left, and your child steps on it? Or your baby spits up on it? Or your teenager’s disrespectful words break that last nerve in half? Or when the stress of raising kids in general is making you a stress case? […]

[Continue reading...]

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Shampoo

It started out as an exciting project, but turned into one that is not only giving me gray hair, but making me want to pull out those gray hairs. One by one. It’s a project called home renovation.  If you’ve ever been through it, you probably feel my pain. It seemed like a simple goal […]

[Continue reading...]