Thank You, Arkansas Women Bloggers!

April Blogger of the Month

A big THANK YOU to the Arkansas Women Bloggers for featuring me as their April Blogger of the Month.

The Women Bloggers LLC community members (in eight states!) are natural megaphones and amplifiers, and their talent in curating and sharing content combined with life experiences and strong opinions as parents and consumers makes us the most unique talent agency our partners will encounter.

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Grin with Grace: A “Study, Story, and Steps” Approach to Grace


 To celebrate the release of her newest book, Grin with Grace, I invited Kathy Carlton Willis to tell us about her latest project. Be sure to check out Kathy’s blog or follow her on Twitter.

BookCover/GrinWithGraceHave you ever felt the need to bite your tongue or grit your teeth?

With humor and candor, popular women’s speaker Kathy Carlton Willis explores ways to smile in the face of adversity and challenging circumstances. Her go-to phrase Grin with Grace is the title of her latest book. She explores the word “grace” in Scripture, revealing how God’s grace blesses us and how it impacts our relationship with Him and with others.

Grin with Grace is part of the Grin With … Bible Study Series. This line of books is designed to help women on the run focus on a central theme. The “study, story and steps” formula helps readers assimilate new traits in small sections, all the while anticipating the next insight. Photo/KathyCartonWillis

“You can never have too much of God’s grace,” says Kathy. “While writing this series, I dealt with multiple health issues, surgeries, cancer, and hospitalizations. At the same time, I moved to a different town, diving in to a new church ministry with my husband. Very little in life seemed familiar or comfortable. But God infused grace into each challenge and turned them into opportunities.”

Kathy learned anew what the Bible means when it says: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor 12:9 ESV).

God’s grace strengthens us to live the lives He directs us to live. When we’re weak, grace makes us strong through Christ. His grace is not frail; it’s power-packed. (Kathy Carlton Willis, Grin with Grace)

Photo/KathyCarltonWillisThere’s an important element about grace. It’s not meant to be hoarded, regardless of its wonderful value. Once God blesses us with grace, we are then recruited to His team to be instruments of His grace to others.

Grin with Grace tells stories of real-life grace and gives suggestions for creating new grace moments for others. Every Bible passage is contained in the text, accommodating ease of reading anytime, anywhere. Read it straight through as a book, use it as a personal study, or join with a group to discuss the material together. The chapters are short enough to combine—resulting in a seven-week group study.

Photo/KathyCartonWillisMore about Grin with GraceEach chapter features five sections:

  1. Grin with Grace contains real-life stories and observations. You’ll laugh at the humorous confessions and wacky insights, and relate to Kathy’s transparent honesty. Be inspired to see grace in your everyday life.
  2. Grow with Grace features a grace word study. Kathy examines Bible verses and personalizes the meaning to your situation. Workbook prompts allows you to write down your thoughts as you read along.
  3. Go with Grace offers life application. Pick one action step and make it work for you, or pick all of them—but do something to live out your grace-walk.
  4. Give with Grace advances life application further, equipping you to become an instrument of God’s grace to others. You’ll be inspired to take what you’ve learned and give it away to others. This is when faith becomes ministry—when your focus expands to see the needs of others.
  5. Your Grin with Grace Challenge describes a grace-challenging scenario to give you an opportunity to exercise your newfound grace. It allows for speculation and judgment calls, to prepare you for the what-ifs that happen in life.


Kathy Carlton Willis writes and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny girls also have Bible degrees! Kathy’s a pastor’s wife, which gives her plenty of opportunities to grin with grace. She shines the light on issues that hold women back and inspires their own lightbulb moments. Almost a thousand of Kathy’s articles have been published in books, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Kathy’s tagline describes her best: Light & Lively: His Reflection/Her Laughter. Kathy lives with her pastor/husband, Russ, in Rockdale, Texas.



Writing The Shepherd’s Song: Prayer Made the Difference

Welcome! Today, I invited The Writing Sisters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, to share their new book, The Shepherd’s Song. These award-winning authors and speakers believe in the power of story, “When we hear stories or tell our own story we connect, heal, and grow. Each of us is part of a bigger story – the story of God’s love and work in the world.”

BookCover/TheShepherdsSongThe Shepherd’s Song was a different writing experience for us.

After twenty years of writing children’s books for the general market we were now writing our first book for God. The books we wrote before were from a Christian worldview. What made this book different was our desire to submit every word to God and to reflect in our words what He would say. An overwhelming task on our own.

But what if we could connect with God and hear from Him as we worked? C.S. Lewis wrote once about “taking dictation” from God. The connection with God was key. But how?

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Check Out Dena Dyer’s Blog!

Check out Dena Dyer’s blog this week. Why? Because I think you’ll enjoy it. Plus, I want you to read my guest post, “First, Do No Harm: Lessons in Life and Nature.”


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I met Dena Dyer a few years ago on my way to the CLASS Christian Writers’ Conference. I’m not sure Dena remembers that moment, but I sure do.

My daughter Tara and I sat across the aisle from her on the plane on our flight from Dallas to Albuquerque.

When I realized that Dena had already published a book, I quizzed her about her journey to publication. [Sorry, Dena!]

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Awakened: The Lazarus Project

As I prepared to celebrate Easter, I received another invitation from Ron Benson to join The Lazarus Experiment on Facebook. 

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… Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:33 NIV)

Everyone needs a do-over.Resurrection is the ultimate do-over.

But Jesus didn’t need to reset his moral compass. He didn’t resolve to do better the second time around–the first time was perfect in every way. Resurrection for Jesus didn’t mean a do-over.

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Blog Tour: Stress-Free Believer by Harold Metzel


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Feeling the Pressure? Do you keep a clear head
during times of stress? Turn worry into faith, turmoil into peace.


Stress-Free Believers by Harold Metzel helps you dethrone the
stress bully that is often caused by loss of employment, marital conflict,
credit card debt, and countless other pressure points. Here is the battle plan
you need to get harmful stress off your back so you can manage the tough times
with composure.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Convert your thoughts from worry to faith.
  • Develop patience in the midst of chaos.
  • Take control of your thinking, emotions, and
  • Identify the tools God has given you to
    overcome stress.
  • Recognize the part you play in God’s
    comprehensive plan.
  • Allow God to work in your life as He did in the
    life of Jesus.

This step-by-step guide shows how to reduce
unhealthy levels of stress in each area of daily living. The objective is not
just to overcome our ordeals but to do so without anxiety.

Harold’s 10 Best Stress-Busting Bible Verses

  • Cast all your care upon Him, for He
    cares for you.
    (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Do not be afraid … for the battle is
    not yours, but God’s.
    (2 Chronicles 20:15)
  • In the world you will have tribulation;
    but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
    (John 16:33)
  • Let patience have its perfect work,
    that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
    (James 1:4)
  • He who has begun a good work in you
    will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    (Philippians 1:6)
  • Do not worry about your life, what you
    will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.
    (Matthew 6:25).
  • God is faithful, who will not allow you
    to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make
    the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
    (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be
    (Psalm 27:1)
  • My God shall supply all your need
    according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    (Philippians 4:19)
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And
    He shall direct your paths.
    (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

Photo/KCWComHarold Metzel, a 30-year veteran as
pastor, missionary, Bible College president and VP of a large charitable
foundation in San Diego, currently coaches individuals and pastoral staff on
ways to become even better stewards of what God has given. When visiting
churches across the nation, he demonstrates ways to avoid unnecessary taxation,
increase income using current assets, and provide a more effective inheritance.
After counseling with many stressed-out believers, he now offers practical
steps to bring stress back to a healthy level. For more information see: or

Photo/KCWCommGrand prize giveaway: Stress-Free Believers survival kit.

Stress-Free Believers Book


Stress-Free Believers Group
Study DVD

Stress-Free Believers 5-CD
Audio Book

Stress Relief Aromatherapy
from Bath & Body Works

1.6 oz Filled Candle

Travel-Size Body Wash &
Foam Bath

Travel-Size Body Lotion

To win the Stress-Free Believers Survival Kit
post a comment below by September 23, and your name will be entered into a
grand prize giveaway on September 26 by Kathy Carlton Willis Communications.