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Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Testimony to the Power of Prayer

This is an incredible story of God answering prayer in the moment. This story was not on the front page, but Good Morning America noticed it and interviewed Angela Montez about the day she prayed to his knees a young man with a gun and the intent of robbing her. It was all caught on her office video.

This is a testimony you could play whenever you wonder: Is God really listening? I would love to hear your reaction after you watch it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Web live interview on Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter

Wanted to let you know that I will be doing a live web interview tomorrow on my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. Here's the information if you want to tune in and/or call in and chat.

It starts at 12:00 PM Central Time.

Let your friends and family know they can hear me online at h......ttp:// .

If they log on early they can sign up for a free account and join us in the Chat room. And they can call in with comments or questions at: 347-215-7328.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

What to Get Your Friend with Breast Cancer

In my book Dear God, They Say It's Cancer: A Companion Guide for Women on the Breast Cancer Journey, I offer suggestions for how to pamper your friend with breast cancer. Of course you can giver her a copy of my book, but here are some more ideas:

Comfort and Security Gifts
· A stuffed animal, pillow, or quilt.
· A favorite food.
· A game she loves to play and play it with her.
· A movie she loved as a kid and watch it with her.
· A surprise reunion with childhood friends.
· A tea party.
· A fun hat—even if she hasn’t lost her hair, she might not feel like fixing her hair.
· A new nightgown that buttons down the front.
· An ice cream cone.
· A nightlight.

Ideas For Showering Your Breast Cancer Friend With Love
· A Spa day at a salon, which treats women with breast cancer.
· If she wears a hat or scarf, wear one too.
· Tell her how much you love her and what a great friend she is.
· Stick with her even when the treatment lingers on. Her biggest fear is that others will not endure the journey.
· Include her in as many activities as she feels up to.
· Go to a breast-cancer support group with her.
· Plan a girls’ day or night out, when she feels up to it.
· Sit and watch old movies with her—even if she falls asleep.
· Do her makeup.
· Pray for and with her.

Live Face-to-Face interview

If you would like to hear me talking about mentoring and the Face-to-Face small group resources, go to: hhttp://Jennifer Kennedy Dean Live ... -

I just talked to Jennifer Kennedy Dean this morning!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hurry to Receive Your 30% Discount!

New Hope Publishers is offering a 30% discount through 10/31/09 on my new Face-to-Face Bible study/small group resources.

Just go to their website and put in the promo code NHWEB and order away.

Remember there are questions for doing the studies on your own, with another person, or as a group. Each study contains a leader's guide.
5 fast-paced sessions make them perfect for your fall or winter study.

Face-to-Face with Euodia and Syntyche and Face-to-Face with Elizabeth and Mary will be released February 2010 for your spring study.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Praying Scripture

Many have asked me how to pray and personalize Scripture. You just choose a Scripture and insert a name or pronoun. Scripture was meant to be applied to our life, and I find the best way to pray God's will instead of my own, is to pray His Word back to Him.

So here are some examples from the Appendix in my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. These will get you going and then you can start praying Scripture yourself.

1) I pray that my daughter ____________ would listen to You, Lord, and You would quickly subdue her enemies and turn Your hand against her foes! (Psalm 81:13-14).

2) Evening and morning and at noon I commit to pray and cry aloud for my daughter _________. And You, Lord, shall hear my voice. (Psalm 55:17 NKJV).

3) Lord, I know You do not change, and I pray my daughter ____________ will return to You, so You will return to her. (Malachi 3:6-7).

4) Lord, please teach my daughter ____________ to live a disciplined and successful life and help her do what is right, just, and fair. (Proverbs 3:1 NLT).

5) I pray that my daughter _____________ will know the truth and the truth will set her free. (John 8:32 NIV).


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tips for Having a Spectacular Summer

Often we get so busy having "fun" in the summer months that we take a vacation from God and then wonder why we're so stressed.

Here are tips for having a spectacular God-filled summer!
1. On Sundays, visit a church in your vacation spot.
2. If a church is not available, have your own family service.
3. Pray before meals, even when you're in a restaurant.
4. If you're traveling by car, play Christian Cd's or a Christian radio station. If you have little ones, play one of their children's Cd's and sing along with them.
5. Learn Scripture verses on a long drive.
6. Keep your small group or Bible study going during the summer. You may not have perfect attendance, but God NEVER takes the summer off.
7. Pray together every morning and have a short devotional time before you set off on the day's adventure.
8. Throughout the day, stop and thank God for the beauty that surrounds you, even if you're sitting in your backyard.
9. If finances are tight, don't think you have to take the family on an expensive vacation. Check out all the "free" or minimally priced activities in your community.
10. If your children have a disadvantaged friend, offer to take the child with you when you're doing something fun.

Remember that our great God is a "year-round" God. He loves to have fun with you, but He's also a jealous God that doesn't want us putting fun before Him. If you keep that in mind all summer, you're going to have the time of your life!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Win a Free Book

Christian Pulse is sponsoring a summer reading contest. To learn how you can win a free book check out their press release. Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter will be given out on June 25, 2009.

Read on for more information:
The Great Escape Summer Reading Contest 2009 Press Release

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Answer To All of LIfe's Problems

I subscribe to the
and we are praying through the first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency. I will tell you up front that I am a Republican and I did not vote for him. And as I watched some of his decisions and those made in my own state of California, I was getting discouraged until the Lord put on my heart to pray for the president and his staff.

Today's prayer assignment was one that really touched my heart, and I hope that it will yours too. There is so much bad news in the media ,but the answer to everything is found in the Bible and one of our former presidents understood that. Here is an excerpt from today's presidential prayer assignment. Read an be encouraged to read you Bible every day!

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.—Psalm 119:11
As we pause to praise You today, we remember the words of President Abraham Lincoln, who said of Your Word, “It is the best gift God has given to men. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter Support Group

April 1 the Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter Facebook Support Group will start reading and discussing together my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter.

If you are a Facebook member please join us and join in the discussion. I will be posting discussion questions for Chapter One on April 1!

Join us at

Monday, March 23, 2009

Skin Care During Radiation Treatments

I was fortunate to have minimal skin damage during radiation, and I have some tips that might help. If you know someone going through radiation treatment or you are experiencing it, see if these help. One person who bought six Dear God, They Say It's Cancer books because she knew so many women with breast cancer, prepared a gift bag of some of the lotions I suggested to give with the book. So here's my tips.


1. Slather the radiated breast with Aloe Vera and Niniva lotion (or heavy unperfumed lotions). I took these with me to treatment and put it on right after. Also after shower, before bed...several times a day.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Eat healthy and get lots of rest
4. Take naps if you're tired--your body is rebuilding every day
5. In the shower don't let hot water hit you breast. Keep it just warm and flow on your back and over your shoulder
6. Don't wear anything lacy or scratchy.
7. If your breast becomes irritated the doctor may give you a couple of days break or give you samples of prescription cream. I had to do that.
8. Radiation can cause a frozen shoulder. I had it happen to me. Ask your dr. about exercises to do. Be very careful not to get any cuts on the arm near the breast being radiated. Let someone else cut and dice in the kitchen.
9. Don't get manicures until radiation is over and don't shave under your arm.
10. Use a non-perfume bath soap like Dove.

On pg 177 of Dear God, They Say It's Cancer. I talk about chemo/radiation brain. Don't worry if you can't think straight or are forgetful.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Online Support Group

I have started a Facebook Praying for Your Parents of Prodigal Daughter support group. If you are on Facebook come join us, or join Facebook and then join us.

It is comforting to know that you are not alone and we have seen so many breakthroughs in the daughters represented in the support group we lead in our home.

The link for our online group is:

I hope to see some of you in the group.
Keep Praying,

Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm Back!

In my last post I told you that my breast cancer had recurred and I was deciding on treatment. I know many of you have followed my progress on our CaringBridge site, but for those of you who haven't I'll just give a quick summary of what God has taught me in this new journey.

1. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion. Many women, myself included, are afraid of offending their doctor, but a secure doctor should not be threatened. This is your body and you want to be sure you have checked out all the options before you make a decision.

2. Question "standard procedure." Is it possible that the standard doesn't apply to your situation.

3. If you have any doubt or unrest, wait until you have peace with a decision.

4. Even if all the pathology test were not done in a previous occurrence, they can be run now. That was amazing to me. My doctor was able to get slides from 2002 and retest them. I didn't know that was possible.

5. Allow others to help. Find things for them to do. It is as much a blessing to receive help as it is to give it.

I wrote Dear God, They Say It's Cancer after my first breast cancer journey. It was the book I longed to have and then God allowed me the opportunity to actually use it through this new journey. And I have to say it was everything I hoped it would be for my breast cancer sisters.

Yesterday, was a month since my surgery and I am definitely on the road to recovery! I have many writing projects and speaking engagements but I will post more regularly.

The picture with this post is the blanket my daughter-in-law and 4 of my grandchildren made for me. It has hearts and breast cancer ribbons on it and the grandchildren tied all the fringe. I snuggled under it every day of recovery and felt so very loved.

I am praising God for the opportunity to still be...

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