Jul 282015
 

The Kindle addition for my now bestselling book Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional through the Psalms is now only 99 cents on Amazon!  Get your copy today!  May the Lord bless and keep each of you as this summer will soon be coming to a close.  Thinking of how I can make some more sweet memories with my family and my prayer is the same for you my sister’s!

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Dec 182012
 

Our team at Standing on Peace would like to wish you all – our readers, supporters, family and friends – a most blessed Christmas.

As a team, we have decided to take a break from our regular posting on this blog for the holidays.  We will return to our daily schedule on Monday, January 7th, 2013.

We all are looking to slow down and breathe in what Christ truly did for us on Christmas morning so long ago.  He sent us a Savior, a Redeemer, a Hope.

As each of us have young families, we cherish being fully present during this season.  We hope you will do the same with your loved ones too.

We are also praying for the Lord to fill our spirits with His words and wisdom, to share even more meaningful and touching content in 2013.

As I’ve been trying to grasp the meaning of this season… The Lord keeps bringing to mind a few verses from Ephesians.  This Christmas, I want to grasp Christ’s deep, deep love for you and me – that He would send Jesus to save us.  I am praying this prayer for myself… and for all of you.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Ephesians 3:16-20

 

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Nov 082012
 

It was after I bought the purple skinny jeans.

I started noticing purple everywhere. It wasn’t just Maisy’s favorite color anymore; purple had taken on a life of its own.

There was Maisy in her purple outfits, entreating me to join her in her delight with being a girl. But there was more—for Maisy, all of life involves this kind of delight. Her only priority is play. She is fully present to each new moment, utterly free and spontaneous, immersed in simple joy.

Perhaps there is no gift more precious than the gift of spontaneity, the ability of certain [people] and animals to act straight and fresh and self-forgettingly out of the living center of who they are.” (Frederick Buechner)

For Maisy, purple was on the inside too…and she was drawing it out of me…out from under the grown up layers of preoccupation, plans, and perfectionism.

And then there was my therapist in his sometimes purple sweater, listening me along the precipice of my own depths. We peered over the edge, and there was purple…shimmering under layers of anxiety and worn out coping mechanisms.

Purple became a poignant symbol for me of the place inside where blue and red come together, where a well of deep feeling and deep power sloshes and gurgles. The reservoir of our truest energy.

I began to wonder, what would it look like to live all of life from these rich depths, with passion splashing?

It scared me some, because it’s wild and unpredictable down there. And somehow along the way I’ve gotten the message that it can’t be trusted.

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adulthood and growing in our spiritual journey. Unfortunately, this process can leave many of us pretty disconnected from our purple.

It’s easy to live from a more surface place where responsibility, expectations, and tired striving prevail. Sometimes we’re more comfortable there anyway because our deep feelings can be too tender and our own power scares us.

As mothers overwhelmed with duties and the needs of others, how can we afford to make room for what’s deep inside us?

Yet how can we afford not to? To live otherwise is like trying to drive with the engine turned off.

All the heart, strength, and instincts we really need for life and mothering are in the purple well. So is the lovely energy of our own inner three year old—the straight and fresh vulnerability and trust, the self-forgetting confidence and joy. How desperately we need that!

“You must become like little children…” (Matthew 18:3)

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and living from this place inside will be messy and painful at times. But all the best of who we are is in there. And I believe this is the very place in us where the love and strength of God reside as well.

What is in your purple well? What feelings and longings? What impulses and gifts?

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Nov 032012
 

We are pleased to announce our week 4 book winners:

Emily Mcfadden
Shawna Ricks
Candace Johnson
Laurie Richardson
Bonnie Lewis

We truly hope each of you enjoy your gift of reading “Simplicity Parenting”.  We will be emailing each of you to coordinate the details.

We are so thankful for all of our subscribers since our launch just one month ago!  We are excited for you to be a part of our community of women trying to live authentically.

Each of you are an important part of our vision of forming this place where women can come together and encourage one another in this thing called life.

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Oct 302012
 

One of the most common questions I get asked as a nutritionist is, “What kinds of things do you avoid at the grocery store?”.  My mental “red flag list” has taken shape through education, trial and error.

Please, don’t read and process this through the eyes or ears of judgement. Some of you have experienced radical mama’s who won’t let their kids eat your kids’ snacks – if you know what I mean.  That’s not me.  This is NOT another diet or stifling list of do’s and don’ts.

Please note the links in each listing.  These will give you further information on the topic if you would like to know more.

My top 10 “red flag” list of items and ingredients to avoid:

  1. Sugar.  I wrote a few weeks ago how sugar has a toxic effect on our bodies.  As I am shopping, I try to keep in mind the sugar recommendation amount (men=under 35g; women=under 25g; kids=under 12g).  I aim to buy items with 10g of sugar per serving or less.  It definitely doesn’t work all the time, especially for special items, but when shopping for snacks, cereals, sauces, etc. it does help.  This sugar content criteria will steer you clear of many pre-packaged foods, as many of them don’t make the cut.
  2. Hydrogenated Oils.  Hydrogenated oils are the same thing as trans fats.  They include: palm, kernel, soybean, corn or coconut oils.  They can be partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated.  The process of hydrogenation is used to lengthen the shelf life of pre-packaged or processed food items.  Hydrogenated oils raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower your HDL (good) cholesterol and contribute to heart disease.  The best way to steer clear of them is to aim to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.
  3. The Dirty Dozen.  In reality, it is difficult for many of us to afford buying organic.  You want to do the best you can for your family, but it’s expensive.  When I have to choose, I rely on the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 to guide my grocery decisions.  This guide can help you choose which foods should be organic… and which ones do not need to be organic.  This list helps give insight as to why I always buy organic apples and why I never buy organic bananas.  When I was first learning these lists, it always helped me to remember: fruits and vegetables with an inedible exterior or peel, usually don’t have to be organic.  This guide also helped me “bring my husband along” in the organic conversation.  Choosing organic doesn’t have to be an all or nothing choice, as so many are led to believe.  There is also a printer friendly pocket guide to take with you in your wallet on your shopping adventures.

Stayed tuned until next Tuesday  to read the rest of my list.

Which one of these was the most helpful or insightful to you?

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Oct 262012
 

We are running our week 4 book give-away for ONE more week!  

We will pick five random, new subscribers at the end of the week.

Just enter your email address in the subscribe box on the right hand side of our home page for a chance to win.  If you have already subscribed, PLEASE share this post with a friend who may benefit from this week’s book give-away.

One of our goals at Standing on Peace is to reach and encourage as many women as we can.  We depend on you, our readers.  If you like us… please share us!

Heidi’s book choice for the mother is Kim John Payne’s “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids”.

“Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change:

• Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
• Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. 
• Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
• Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. 

A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.”

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Oct 192012
 

Congratulations to our book winners this week (picked randomly):

Libby Keller,
Bonnie Lackey,
Laura Duncan,
Jackie Baker
Cathie Jo Sturdevant

We hope you will enjoy reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”.  We will be emailing the winners in order to connect about the details.

Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to SOP this past week.  Keep the comments and feedback coming!!!

Our week 4 book give-away will be given to five more random, new subscribers. Just enter your email address in the subscribe box on the right hand side of our home page for a chance to win.

If you have already subscribed, please share this post with a friend who may benefit from this week’s book give-away.

Heidi writes for SOP on peace for the mother.  She wants you to experience reading Kim John Payne’s “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids”.

 “Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change:

• Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
• Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. 
• Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
• Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. 

A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.”

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Oct 122012
 

Congratulations to our book winners this week (picked randomly):

Sara Butler, Beth Cieminis, Andrea MacLeod, Lori Allen, and K.C. Yatsko.

We hope you will enjoy reading Geneen Roth’s “Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything”.  We will be emailing the winners in order to connect about the details.

Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to SOP this past week.  Keep the comments and feedback coming!!!

Our week 3 book give-away will be given to five more random, new subscribers. Just enter your email address in the subscribe box on the right hand side of our home page for a chance to win.

If you have already subscribed, please share this post with a friend who may benefit from this week’s book give-away.

Sarah writes for SOP on peace for the mind.  She wants you to experience reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”.

“Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long–and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved–by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!”

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Oct 072012
 

Congratulations to our book winners this week (picked randomly):

Amy G.
Andrea Pettis
Jolene Balyeat
Kiran Wimberly
Sara Koenig

We hope you will enjoy reading Robert McGee’s “The Search for Significance”.  We will be emailing the winners in order to connect about the details.

Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to SOP this past week.  The response has been incredible!  We have been so encouraged by all of your comments and feedback!

Our week 2 book give-away will be given to five more random, new subscribers. Just enter your email address in the subscribe box on the right hand side of our home page for a chance to win.

If you have already subscribed, please share this post with a friend who may benefit from this week’s book give-away.

Audi writes for SOP on peace for the body.  She wants you to experience reading Genene Roth’s “Women, God and Food: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything”.

“No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work inWomen Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.

A timeless and seminal work, Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul—to the bright center of your own life.”

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Oct 012012
 

We are so excited you’ve found Standing on Peace!

Each of us women from SOP are being transformed and changed in the area we write about.  As a small thank you for your support and for subscribing to our site, we would each like to give away one of our favorite books.  We want YOU to experience the books that have impacted us.

EACH WEEK, over the next month, we are going to give away ONE of our favorite books to FIVE random, new subscribers to our site!

Each Friday, through October, we will:

  1. Announce that week’s FIVE winners
  2. Reveal the following week’s book give-away

All you have to do, is put your email address in the subscribe box on the right side of our home page and you’ll be entered to win the book!

So let’s get started with our launching week’s book give-away!

Jillian is SOP’s writer for Peace for the Spirit.  She wants you to experience Robert McGee’s “The Search for Significance”.

“Robert McGee’s best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others. In fact, Billy Graham said that it was a book that “should be read by every Christian.”

In this re-launch of this timeless classic you will:

  • Gain new skills for getting off the performance treadmill
  • Discover how four false beliefs have negatively impacted your life
  • Learn how to overcome obstacles that prevent you from experiencing the truth that your self-worth is found only in the love, acceptance, and forgiveness of Christ

Discover what two million readers have already discovered: that true significance is found only in Christ.”

So come on!  Subscribe to our site for a chance to win!  And if you like us… please share us!

Also, we would love you to take a minute to get to know each of us at Standing on Peace by watching our video below.  It’s just one more way we want you to feel connected with us and experience our hearts.

With overflowing love for every, single one of you,

The SOP Team

Standing On Peace from Jillian Willis on Vimeo.

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