I drove through Confidence on my way to speak at a conference last week. The bright green northern California road sign read “Confidence:  Population 50”. Only 50 folks reside in Confidence, though thousands drive through.  The irony of how few people live in Confidence didn’t escape my notice. Just like in life, lots of people visit […]

Grammy nominated singer & author, Michele Pillar, shares the short and beautiful biblical story of the Shunammite woman, encouraging us to have faith in God’s promises. One of my favorite women in all of scripture is a gal tucked tightly between the pages of Second Kings. If you blink, you’ll miss her. But I’m so […]

For the seasoned veteran or first-time event planner or ministry leader, Ready. Set. Plan Your Event! will help you make your event amazing! These tips, checklist, event summary, and more were developed from speakers’ and event planners’ years of conducting conferences, retreats, and other special events. They were learned from what was done right and what wasn’t […]

Sometimes I don’t understand why God responds to my prayers the way He does. I’ve got a feeling I’m not alone. A week before our son’s wedding on Sunday we checked the weather report: High of 106. No joke. 1. 0. 6. Not a great report for what we hoped would be a picturesque outdoor […]

Do you relish the past or despise it? Both can be dangerous. For years, I beat myself up for the colossal mistakes I made as a young Christian. In college, I was loving and serving God, enjoying the independence that comes from trusting Him for my every move. I loved Jesus more than anything in […]

Here’s to one of life greatest gifts–girlfriends! Without them we wouldn’t be who we are. Friends–the right kind of friends–make us better, stronger, wiser. They make us laugh. They keep us real. They tell us the truth, even if it’s not what we want to hear. They listen to our woes, even if it’s not […]

God wants us to do kingdom-building work in our daily lives! Michele Pillar shares why it is so important to let God in on the little things every day. We are all alike. Our human will is strong and a force to be reckoned with. The good news is our real life is eternal. C.S. […]

    As a little girl I remember folding my hands, bowing my head and talking to God. I’ve always prayed. But I haven’t always prayed well. Or enough. Sometimes I still don’t. Can you relate? But I do know this: my prayers matter and so do yours. Especially for those we love.

The most life-changing, light-bulb-moment I’ve ever had regarding forgiveness occurred in 1990. I was sick and tired of carrying around ill feelings and age-old resentment. Fact is, I needed help to let go without waking up the next day finding I was still mad. When this epiphany happened, I didn’t see it coming. It was […]

“What should I do?” The plea sounded more like a whine when I asked my dad this question back in college. He didn’t tell me what to do. He wouldn’t.

“Do not be discouraged.” Easier said than done, right? Especially when someone squashes your dream. Or questions your ability. Or criticizes your work. Or has more success than you do. Or when failure knocks you right up the side of the head. It doesn’t take much to make us feel the sting of discouragement. A […]

I tore off a plastic produce bag and spent the next two minutes trying to figure out how to open it. I reached for a fat, juicy orange when the woman next to me reached for the same one. “You go ahead,” I told her. 
“Ah, that’s okay, it’s yours,” she answered back, with a […]

I don’t know how stress affects you, but it can make me a bit irritable, intense, and wishing I could stop the world and get off! Do you feel that way sometimes? Living at a crazy pace, trying to do more than anyone can reasonably accomplish, produces stress. With blog posts to write, talks to […]

I’ve listened to Solveig’s music for years and had the pleasure of hearing some of the songs from her new CD, “Time” since last summer on a mutual friend’s weekly Facebook Live program. Then, in April 2017, I got to meet her in person. It was then I knew I had to share the beautiful music […]

I sensed something was wrong. Let me rephrase that. I smelled something wrong. Very wrong, if you know what I mean.