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Speaking event and Book Signing in Kansas: The Gift of Words

Do you ever struggle with your thought life or the words coming out of your mouth? I know I do! In fact, I believe that Joyce Meyer may have written her book, Me and My Big Mouth, just for me!

For my entire life, I’ve battled speaking impatiently, in anger, thoughtlessly, or too bluntly. My wise husband Ray says it’s not necessarily what I’m saying (because I speak truthfully and honestly), but that it’s the way I say it, how I often come across to others. His title of endearment for me is La belle dame sans merci. (The beautiful lady without mercy)

My precious sister Maria, who drips with the gift of mercy, calls it my “bull in the china shop approach!”

I’m working on it! 

As a professional, Christian speaker and author, I’m well aware of the power of words.

The American adage that children often recite in response to bullying in school, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is simply not true. Words can hurt deeply. Words can also heal and impart life.

God created the world and everything in it with His words. (Genesis Chapter 1) In fact, Jesus Himself is called “The Word” in John 1:1. 

Because God created everything with His  words, and we are made in His image, the words of our mouths are powerful, too. In fact, each word is a gift. This is especially true for speakers and writers!

I’m going to be speaking on this topic at a Christian Women’s Writers’ Workshop, The Gift of Words, in Hutchinson, Kansas, with my friend, author Missy Hoffman, on September 21, 2019.

The workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Hutchinson Public Library. 

The address is 901 N. Main Street, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501.

Missy and I would LOVE to see you there! Admission is free, but seating is limited. If you’re interested in coming, please email Missy at or contact her here on the Facebook event page to save your spot. 

Missy is a self-published author of three books, and she will also share about her own writing journey. Our hope is to encourage Christian women to share the story God has given each one of us and to help each woman experience healing through her own writing journey!

We will meet in the Library Conference Room #1.

The book signing for both of us to sign our books is that same day, September 21, at Metropolitan Coffee shop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join us for some delicious coffee and fellowship!

The address for Metropolitan Coffee Shop is 1329 E 17th Ave, Hutchinson, Kansas, 67501. (There is no charge for the book signing! Our books will be available to sign and/or for sale!)

We can wait to see you there! Remember, each word you speak is a gift from God and for God’s glory! Your story matters.


Your words have power

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Image courtesy of criminalatt at

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” You may have heard this expression before, but it isn’t true. 

God created the world with words. He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, (Genesis 1:3) and He saw that it was good. (v. 4)  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead with His words, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43) Jesus also cursed the fig tree with His words. (Mark 11:12-25)

We are made in the image of God, so we have His authority of life and death in our mouths. Your words have power. 

Your words matter. They have influence on others, so we need to be careful what we say about ourselves or others. .


“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” (Proverbs 18:21, MSG)

As speakers and writers, we need to be careful with the words we craft. We will either tear down and destroy, or bring refreshing, life-giving water to others. 

Like the cold of snow (brought from the mountains) in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the life of his masters.” (Proverbs 25:13)

I don’t know about you, but I want to refresh others with the words I speak and write. To encourage, build up, strengthen, and edify. To be a messenger of truth and hope in an often dark, confusing, frightening world. To be a life-giver.  

VIP Writers' Day

VIP Writers’ Day

If this is you, join me and other aspiring authors for my VIP Writers’ Day event on January 5, 2016, at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time).

If you can’t make the live call, it will be recorded and you’ll be emailed the replay.

You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group for support and motivation to write (or finish writing) your book so that 2016 is your best writing year yet! 

I’ll also send you a downloadable PDF of the resources I’ve used personally to write 10 books (about to release my 11th book and am working on my 12th book!). 

The doors are still open but will be closing soon!

Join me and other writers to be messengers who refresh others with the words we speak and write. Your words make a difference, and have influence on others and power. To learn more, click here