Done Deal

Bye-Bye Lies!

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The first time I heard “Hello Beautiful,” the sixth track on MercyMe’s album Lifer was in the spring of 2017. I had my earbuds in while I was walking around my neighborhood savoring the emergence of new life in its vibrant shades of green. The song right before it was “Even If,” Lifer‘s debut, award-winning single. (I […]

Motley Musings

This Man of Mine

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He’s my best friend on this earth, my truth-teller when I’m whiny, and my hard-working-so-I-can-stay-home-and-write cowboy. Today’s post is a tribute to my husband of twenty years (July 19, 1997), Steven Dean Francis. Two decades of marriage may not seem like much to most people, but it is nothing short of miraculous for me. My […]

Gospel of Grace

This Is Way Better Than Botox!

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In the Sunday morning services at our church, the lights are almost always dimmed during the prayer time. A young boy, three rows up and to the left of where I was sitting, recently caught my attention. He was looking down, and his face was glowing. No, he wasn’t having a spiritual experience, if that’s […]

Done Deal

Because Life Ain’t Always Pretty

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MercyMe’s debut single, “Even If,” from their album Lifer has enjoyed sweet success since its release in February 2017. This hit song dominated the Billboard and radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1, received a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, earned a nomination for Top Christian Song by the 2018 American Billboard […]

Flawless Fusion

Have You Ever Been Kissed Awake?

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Have you ever been kissed awake? This question might remind you of the sweet, memorable line by little Pattie-Cake Spencer in the 1963 film, Spencer’s Mountain. (The Waltons was a spin-off from this movie.) Her oldest brother, Clayboy, has come upstairs to wake her up, but she doesn’t want to get out of bed yet. […]

Done Deal

Have You Heard the Best News Ever?

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If you are one of many redeemed saints who can thankfully and enthusiastically shout to Jesus, “You Found Me!” then “Grace Got You,” and you are now a “Lifer” in Him. And if that’s the case, it all started when you heard and responded to the “Best News Ever“—the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus. […]