For When You Need a Sign {A Special Post}

{Updated with Winners} Congrats to random commenters: #56  Cheryl, #6 Hallie, #43 Beth Shepherd, #41 Rachel, #51 Miranda. Everyone else, buy the book! Proceeds go to Mercy House.
Sometimes I get an email that just stops me in my tracks.
I wanted to share one of them with you, but please understand that this isn’t boasting.
I know this isn’t about me. It’s about Him.

This email reminded me that there are moms out there-in the carline, at the grocery store, on your street-that need Him. And maybe they don’t know how to find Him and they are waiting on us to lead the way….
They are looking for a sign.

Dear Kristen, We do not know one another and have never met, but I just read your book and it was awesome! This is not something I would normally write…but I HAD too. I checked out your book from the local library and knew I had to buy it, even before I knew the proceeds go to Mercy House.

Reading this book was an experience for me. I wasn’t just being entertained. I was connecting with something and having an actual experience. It is difficult to describe. I needed these stories and I loved it!

I have been trying to know God better and I can feel he speaks to me, (not in a literal voice), but I am apparently not a good listener. He is telling me to come find Him, and bring my children. I am lost only because I am not following the signs.

I thought I had just stumbled upon your book but I know now I was led to it. The versus and the prayers really spoke to me and I was compelled to tell you, and genuinely thank you. So, thank you and your family for this wonderful gift you all helped to make and share!

If you know a mom who needs Him or needs a little encouragement, I’d like you to leave her first name in the comment section.

I’m going to randomly draw 5 names and giveaway FIVE copies of my book, Don’t Make Me Come Up There! for winners to pass along to a friend.

Maybe she’s just waiting on a sign.

And your the one that’s supposed to deliver it.

P.S. if you feel like you’re the mom in this email, please feel free to leave your own name!

Walk Humbly. Act. Justly. {Shop} Mercy.

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Mercy House’s first Fair Trade Show was a huge success:

Our booth:

Our product (with some amazing new items):

[Feel free to PIN IT! If these aren’t pinterest-worthy, I don’t know what is!]

We turned our garage into a shipping center and are so thankful for the weekly volunteers who keep this organization running! Not to mention the behind-the-scenes people (like Karen and Carol with her data-entry talent!)

{Shop} Mercy.

[free shipping on orders of $50 or more. use code:BIGSPENDER]

*photos by my friend, the amazing Suzanne Box Photography


P.S. Maureen is still sick, but on the mend. I wish I could go into details, but in an effort to protect our girl’s privacy, I can only ask you to pray for Sarah. She’s our newest girl and is in the hospital. Please pray for her and her unborn baby.


Wow. I’m blown away with all your incredible t-shirt wisdom and advice. Y’all are the best readers friends, ever.

I have someone doing an official tally for me, so there will be a clear winner. But I’ve pretty much decided to do more than one shirt, add kid’s sizes, throw in a v-neck with a URL and a partridge in a pear tree.

Can I share some stuff with y’all to pray with me about? I’ve just got the heavy feeling and I need t-shirt-loving friends to lift me up. I’m even adding bullet points:

  • Tomorrow is our first Fair Trade Show in Houston for Mercy House, where we will be selling the girl’s products. Exciting! In the middle of that madness, I’m speaking at a Girl’s Leadership Conference and then rushing back to the show. I’m thankful for volunteers!
  • My neck pain has reached new heights, and now I’m having a lot of arm numbness, pain in my shoulders and wrists and just generally not able to turn my head much. Reluctantly, I’m seeing a new neurosurgeon on Monday morning. I’m scared. But I think it’s time.
  • Maureen is sick (Mercy House Director and daughter o mine). I don’t have a lot of details, but I do know she’s scared of doctors and  hospitals after losing her sister and nephew in them last year. Please pray for healing.

I love y’all. Really. love. y’all.

Happy weekend.

What Would You [Pay to] Wear?

I’ve finally narrowed down the new Mercy House t-shirt choices (with some objective help from my kids strangers).

It wasn’t easy since we had so many great entries, but now it’s up to you!

What would you wear? Please cast your “vote” in the comment section and tell me your favorite shirt or two (listed in no certain order):

Even if you don’t normally leave a comment or have no plans of buying a shirt, would you please consider sharing your opinion?

Choice #1 Africa (inspired by the Rolled Art the girls make) created by Tanell. Various color shirts

Front: (women and unisex version)




Choice # 2. Gothic Love Mercy (women and unisex version), created anonymously.

(women’s version)

[back: MercyHouseKenya.Org]

2. Unisex Version

[back: MercyHouseKenya.Org]

Choice #3: Green Africa on a Navy blue shirt (v-neck women’s; round unisex), created anonymously.

Choice #4: Word Art (in various color choices), created by Randy Doleman.


Choice #5: Behold-Women’s fit created by Tanell




You can leave a description or just a number 1-5 with your choice. Thanks so much for helping us choose!

WFMW: Pinterest

Well, I’ve gone and done it. Even though I said I wouldn’t.

I’ve fallen down the Pinterest hole and I can’t get out.

I’m really new. But I’m in love.

It’s basically an online bulletin board…you can search for subjects like ‘recycled magazines’ and find the most fabulous ideas! For awhile, I just searched, but I went ahead and started my own boards and I’m a “pinning” fool:

Want to follow me?

I’ve already found so many fabulous ideas for Mercy House products and fair trade shows we’re starting to do, so it’s a good addiction right??

Like this amazing paper bowl:

Did you know the shape was created by blowing up a balloon and once the pieces were glued into place and dry, the balloon is popped. Our girls are trying to make them this week!

Do you pin? tell me your address in the comments and I’ll follow back!

God’s Heart For You {Giveaway}

*Update on Winner* Congrats to random comment #144 Marcy!

I’m reading a new book. It’s by my bedside, near the tub, within finger’s grasp…

It’s a devotional I didn’t know I needed. I’m being reminded with every page of God’s great love for me. Oh, sure, I know He loves me. But sometimes I think subconsciously there are strings attached to that love–If I, when I…and there’s not. He loves me. All of me. Simple (and profound) as that.

In God’s heart, I am….


That’s my word.

1)  Think of your answer to “In God’s heart I am…”
2)  Write your word and take a photo. Have fun & be creative!
3)  Share your photo on​InGodsHeart.

Visit In God’s Heart to learn more…

Holley is more than just the author of some amazing books. She’s my friend. Someone who asks “How are you, really?” And I can tell her- even when the answer is yucky. She asked that during my health crisis this summer. I let my guard down and told her exactly how I was doing.

I love the heart God has given her for women. She gets us. This book will touch you deeply and lead you home. To Him.

I’m giving away a copy of the book, God’s Heart For You and two beautiful items (winner’s choice, $50+ value) from the Blessings Unlimited, God’s Heart For You Collection (see all choices here):

and some beautiful greeting cards, for you to encourage those around you:

In God’s heart, I am ___________________.

So, what’s your word?

Please leave a comment with your word (and then go participate over at Holley’s if you want!):

This giveaway ends on Thursday.

Just Beachy

I fell in love with people on the Internet.

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I spent this past weekend with many of them:

It was an awesome time of brainstorming, planning, dreaming:

Compassion Bloggers

A time to reconnect.

reflect & relax:

But something was missing.

It was YOU.

That’s why I’m so happy to tell you that (in)Courage is planning to bring the Beach House to you (in) REAL LIFE! April 27 &28, 2012. You can read more about it here.

It will be a fantastic global community event that you won’t want to miss, with a one-of-a-kind Beach Cast, fabulous content from your favorite (in)Courage bloggers and community. Real life fun! You can host or attend. I hope someone does it in my neck o the woods. Or I might have host my own and ask my inner introvert to step-aside.

Register here, it’s only $10

P.S. I feel head over heels in with Dayspring all over again. We prayed over the meetings and invited God to lead and direct our efforts. From the President on down, I am in awe of this company. And no one is giving me a red cent to say so!


Someone’s Going to Be a Sleepy Head

Last week my hubby walked thru the front door after work, right past me and the kids and into our bedroom.   I’m pretty sure he hugged our new mattress hello and then kissed us.

And I really can’t blame him. I get giddy when I think about going to bed. I’ve developed quite the relationship with my new mattress.  And when I think about sleeping in a hotel or at family’s house, I shudder. I think the word I’m searching for is spoiled (and so, so thankful).

[Even the dog is thankful and a little stingy with the remote]

And now, I get to help spoil someone else! Thanks everyone for voting and cheering on our Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR®-Contour Signature and the TEMPUR Advanced Ergo System® finalists!

With thousands of votes coming in, #6 received the most votes (by more than 200).

Go ahead. Toss, turn, count those sheep; when you lie on me you won't sleep

Congratulations to future sleepy head, Tammy of GreekGRITS!!

Disclaimer: I’m beyond excited and thrilled to be a part of this Tempur-Pedic campaign and giveaway ! Although I’m being compensated for this program, the opinions are mine. I’m also happy to say that Tempur-Pedic chose my blog for this campaign because of  my involvement with Mercy House. The monetary compensation from this program will be given to Mercy House. But I’m gonna keep the bed. And it just doesn’t get better than that!