This Saturday 6/29 Topics…Avoiding Burnout: Putting YOU on Your To-Do List, and Hodgkins Disease and Brain Tumor Healing

41MPx8IidxL._AA160_Women increasingly find themselves pulled in many directions, striving to balance the needs of others with the need to nurture themselves. This pull is often exhausting and, sometimes, can lead to resentment or burn-out. So how do we manage our work and family and faith and ministry lives if we aren’t able to take care of ourselves as we also take care of others?

helps women understand the need to put themselves on “the list.” Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice.”53812e5ca9bb0a7e9d9a01.L._V376743665_SX200_

I am so excited to introduce you to Lucille Zimmerman, author, speaker, and counselor. Her new book, Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World will be a blessing to you.

261512_10151167695320098_321126678_nDuring the second half of the show, I’ll introduce you to my friend, Melody Warford. We sing in the choir together at CBC, and she  has an amazing ministry, Stone Soup Media, where she helps missionaries, ministries and churches tell their story with engaging film and storytelling. Her personal story of overcoming the pain of a failed marriage, Hodgkins Disease and a major brain tumor testifies to God’s amazing faithfulness!

Melody and I will then head on down to El Jarro’s Mexican Restaurant to “continue the conversation off the air” for a no-host lunch…hope you can join us!

Listen in  6/29, 11am – Noon CST this Saturday at AM 630 KSLR, or on or!

Thoughts on Today’s Show on Pornography, Suicide, and Purpose

1016617_189194357910531_611319347_nHaving these three ladies join me today was such a blessing. While the first two topics were sobering, they left me with hope in our faithful God…He is bringing those topics that folks often turn a blind eye to, because they are so shame based, to light and helping those who are struggling find hope, and realize they are not alone.

When interviewing Vicki Tiede, author of “When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart” I was struck by the shocking revelation that for all the ministry in the church to men who are overcoming their pornography addictions, no one seems to be coming along side the women who have been traumatized by their husband’s addiction. Praying that God will raise up a movement to meet this need nationwide. Her book is the start of meeting this great need.

To then follow up that interview with Karen Kosman, author of  “Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Victims and Survivors of Suicide,” was equally sobering. To hear the statistics of suicide rates among teens is alarming, but it was so encouraging to also hear stories of God answering those desperate prayers of “God, if you’re real, then show yourself to me!”

And then to end the show with that sweet Southern Belle, Edna Ellison, author of “A Passion for Purpose”…the story she told of God calling her to be a writer after losing her husband, and giving her a passion for His purpose in her life was sweet stuff! I loved her advice at the end…slow down, be quiet, and LISTEN…otherwise you won’t know what God is trying to do in the present.

If you missed the show, and since I’m still out of town, you can click here to link to the podcast that’s up on the KSLR site.

Thanks for Vicki, Karen, and Edna for making today’s show such a great one!


Tomorrow’s Show – 3 Hot Topics – Pornography, Suicide, Purpose

I am so excited to be coming to you tomorrow LIVE from St. Louis, MO where the International Christian Retail Show kicks off on Sunday. I’m here early for the AWSA Conference (Advanced Writers & Speakers Association) so will be able to draw some authors out of the meetings to share with you the faithfulness they’ve found in God.

vicki-tiede-298x250First I’ll introduce you to Vicki Tiede, author of “When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart”…she’s a Bible teacher, speaker, contributing author to 5 books, a wife, homeschooling mom and women’s ministries coorrdinator at her local church in Rochester, MN. Her passion is to share God’s grace and faithfulness with women through the Scriptures. Vicki transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a lifelong pursuit of knowing God.

Then you’ll hear from Karen Kosman, author of “Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Victims and Survivors of Suicide.” Karen is a popularkosman speaker for Celebrate Recovery, Stephen Ministries, and other women’s ministries and church groups. Her new book “Breaking Invisible Chains: The Way to Freedom from Domestic Abuse” will be out in August of this year.

05awsaEdnaAnd then we’ll wrap up the show with Edna Ellison, a humorist and storyteller known as “the Christian mentoring guru.” She’s the author of 29 books and over 400 articles. Her newest book, “A Passion for Purpose: 365 Daily Devotions for Missional Living” will encourage you to be “on mission” with God every day!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for this powerful group of women who are great resources for us all! 11AM to Noon CST Saturday, June 22, on AM 630 KSLR in San Antonio, for internet streaming, or Or download the app from and listen on your phone!

A Week of Miracles Ending in Healing at El Jarro’s!

I would have to call this past week a major miracle week for Always Faithful Radio…

The first day of the week I spent time with my new friend, Deb Ford, and she made a list of people I needed to go talk to about potential sponsorship of the show. That afternoon I started making calls and the rest of the week was a flurry of activity.

One of the first calls I made was to Wade Shelton, an attorney in town who is heavily involved in Crosspoint and some other non-profits in town. I talked to him about the idea of doing some collaborative sponsorship of Always Faithful Radio where I might be able to raise brand awareness, help increase fund development, and generally give the non-profit exposure through the radio show. We chatted and decided to follow up later in the week.

On Tuesday I went to the Christian Business Chamber of Commerce luncheon and a fellow named Kevin Downey was there inviting people to a lunch on Friday to raise awareness of a recovery support home named Pryor House, which is a collaborative effort between Alpha Home and  Crosspoint, Inc. He’s talking about how the ministry was specifically for women (ding, ding, ding – women focused), to help them transition back into life after going through drug or alcohol abuse treatment and recovery, (ding, ding, ding – huge opportunity for these women to experience the faithfulness of God!). He mentioned how they started last year on June 1 (ding, ding, ding…same date my radio show started)…later on he also mentioned how a year ago, he and Julie Wisdom-Wild just KNEW they were supposed to create this resource to meet a huge need in the area, and stepped out in faith to do so, determining they would worry about raising the money later, (ding, ding, ding – exact same thing I did with the radio show). I approach Kevin at the end of the CBCC lunch and as I am standing there talking to him, Wade emails me to tell me I need to attend the Alpha House lunch on Friday, not only that, turns out Kevin wasn’t even at the right place…he was supposed to be at a lunch at CBC not CBCC, (ding, ding, ding – divine appointment!).

I leave that meeting and get a call from someone I’d sent advertising information to 3 weeks ago and hadn’t heard back…so I had assumed they just weren’t interested. She said they were going to start small, but commit to advertising through the end of the year…I couldn’t believe my ears…that commitment would be just the amount of money I needed to accomplish my trip to ICRS next week. Not only that, she shared with me that when she put the Always Faithful advertising information on her boss’s desk he was surprised, and said “Hey, I heard this show the last 2 weeks!” Now, how GOD is that?

Then I get another call from a chiropractor I’d asked, since I don’t have any insurance, about trading out some advertising for a significant therapy plan I need to complete to deal with the curvature in my spine and pain in my lower right back. Turns out they’d been leaving messages on somebody else’s phone for 3 weeks and just now realized they had my number down wrong…they were ready to move forward with the trade and helping me get my back issues resolved!

The rest of the week consisted of more divine appointments (including the lunch at Alpha House on Friday) and heavy prep for the show on Saturday. But God wanted to punctuate the week with a special exclamation point of His amazing faithfulness. When I arrived at El Jarro’s after the show, there was a woman named Babbie there from the show. She’d heard the last 30 minutes and felt the Lord telling her to come down to El Jarro’s and join us for lunch. She turned the car around twice on the way (obviously the enemy didn’t want her to get there, and now I know why!), but persevered in obeying what she felt the Lord was telling her. As she sat across from me and shared her myriad of health issues, from extreme pain all over her body, to near deafness in one ear, poor eyesight, general stiffness and mobility issues, bunions, hammertoes, knee pain, shoulder and neck pain, and she was on crutches and an oxygen tank. She started telling me how she struggled with the fact that her pastor never taught about healing, because she really needed it.

At that moment, my in-studio guest, Lizzie Smiley, told me her friend Hilary Akromis was on her way, and that she operated in the gift of healing. Welllll….this should be interesting, I thought! When she arrived, the only seat left was right next to Babbie. I watched how God set this up…and the amazing compassion with which he arranged this divine appointment. Not only had Hilary been raised in the same denomination so had similar struggles, but as an accomplished athlete, she spent 4 years with excruciating knee pain, 2 years of it on crutches, and severe back pain for 15 years. God healed her miraculously some years ago and has begun to use the dedication, discipline and passion she had on the basketball court to change the world for Jesus.babby2

I had to leave the restaurant at 2:00, but later in the afternoon I got word that Hillary prayed for Babbie and all the pain in her body left, and she walked around the restaurant without her crutches! They even sent me some pictures to babby7share…how amazing is that?  babby4

I’m so in awe of how God is working, that I can hardly wait to see what He does next…What an honor that God used the Always Faithful radio show to orchestrate this divine appointment….a healing at El Jarro’s!

My Zany Guests for June 15!

Patti and TammyI am so excited about tomorrow’s show! Can’t wait to introduce you to Patti Foster, pictured here with Tammy Trent (who I happen to be interviewing next week at ICRS!)…Patti’s joy and enthusiasm is amazing and her compassion for the brain injured and their families makes her a perfect example of Jesus with Skin On!

Then my in studio guest will be Lizzie Smiley…I love this picture of her with her folks, husband and kids…I told you my guests are zany…this is just a small example!703728_4871039176130_1842100682_o

Hope you’ll join us afterwards at El Jarro’s Mexican Restaurant ( at 281 and Bitters (in the Party City stripmall on the SW corner of Bitters and San Pedro)…Lizzie and I will be there at 12:30 to “continue the conversation off the air”… and if you can’t join us, at least call in at 210-340-9585 in San Antonio, or toll free at 877-630-KSLR…or you can even text me at 210-620-4900 to win one of our sweet giveaways!

See you soon!

PS If you’re out of the area you can listen on live streaming, or!

Thoughts from Yesterday’s Broadcast – June 8

First off, here’s the podcast in case you missed the show:

God continues to amaze me with the way He works…the show today touched me profoundly…as I hope it did you.

I encourage you to connect with Ocieanna through her website at, follow her blog, buy her books! Her story of sudden cardiac arrest and how God miraculously saved her life is astounding…my friend’s husband is a  paramedic and when he heard the story he said, “That just does not happen!” Our God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL, and Ocieanna is living proof.

me and lindaAnd then there was Linda Goldfarb….I love the saying Transparency Transforms…I’ve seen it in my own life, and I’ve seen it in hers…and I’ve also watched what happens when people, especially those in leadership, fail in this area…the lack of transparency not only stunts growth, it results in harming others.

I just love the awesome ministry God has given Hope & Possibility Coach, Linda Goldfarb…make sure you sign up for her newsletter and keep up with her through her website at

As we “Continued the Conversation Off the Air” at El Jarro’s, we had great fellowship, gave away great stuff…especially the Warrior Sisters Bling Bracelet! I admit it, I am JEALOUS! Gotta get one of my own…way cool!

Join Us Tomorrow at 11am CST with Ocieanna Fleiss & Linda Goldfarb

316783_2251633046965_5293325_nTomorrow morning, during the first half hour of the show, I have the honor of introducing you to my friend, Ocieanna Fleiss…wife, mother, novelist, writing coach and cardiac arrest survivor…I love this picture of her with Tricia Goyer…this was when they went to Alaska to research for their novel, “Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska”.

Then, for the second half of the show, I’ll have in studio with me Linda Goldfarb…wife, mom, and grandma…author, speaker, radio personality…and no stranger to KSLR as that’s where she got her start! I love her 373873_2739189314570_618257318_nsaying that “transparency transforms!” We’ll talk about that and much more in our time with her.

index_02And don’t forget, we’ll be continuing the conversation “off air” at El Jarro’s Mexican Restaurant ( at 12:30 pm for a no-host lunch…join in the fun … Linda and I would love to meet you “in person” and break some bread together!

In San Antonio, listen on AM 630 KSLR, streaming on the web at, or download the app at…11am to Noon, tomorrow…at Always Faithful Radio!

July 6 Show Line-Up

I am SO excited to announce my guests for July 6. I helped Dr. Ron Eaker publish his first book way back in 2000…back then the title was “Holy Hormones!” and since that time it’s sold untold thousands of copies and is now a Bethany House book entitled “A Woman’s Guide to Hormone Health”.

eaker2During my first show a lady called during the commercial break and asked if we could talk about hot flashes….I said…”ummmmmm, sure, but not today!” Well, July 6 will be the day!

Confused by the wide array of treatment options for menopause? By conflicting studies on hormone replacement and side effects? By alternative therapies that seem un-Christian? In A Woman’s Guide to Hormone Health, Dr. 51qAbEpmNrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Ron Eaker examines the various treatments, including herbs, complementary medicine, prayer, diet, and exercise, as well as conventional medications. Discover The truth about hormones, Natural hot flash remedies, Exercise-God’s fountain of youth, Healthy foods and healing herbs, Effective osteoporosis prevention, The healing power of prayer. You’ll learn about your options and how to make choices that work for you. Dr. Eaker addresses much more than hot flashes and osteoporosis. Discover how to get your mind, body, and spirit in balance during this God-ordained time of change.

allison pitmanWe’ll also have in-studio best selling novelist and local San Antonian, Allison Pitman. Not only is she a writer, but also a writing trainer, mother, teacher, speaker, actress and comedian.

In Pittman’s latest historical tale of young women of faith, everything seems to be falling into place for Dorothy Lynn Dunbar as romance blossoms between her and the man who is to assume the role of pastor following her father’s death. As she contemplates the life that seems to be perfectly mapped out before her, she is troubled by the small inkling that she might be missing out on something. It is during a trip to St. Louis that Dorothy Lynn finds herself facing all that life might hold for her when she is forced to make decisions that will forever alter her future. By alternating perspectives between the young Dorothy Lynn of the Roaring Twenties and the now-centenarian Lynnie more than 90 years later, Pittman skillfully paints the complete picture of this bold female character AllforaSongwho is willing to take risks in order to discover the life that she truly is meant to live. Readers of inspirational fiction will be stirred as this story of longing unfolds, revealing testimony to true contentment. — Elizabeth Ponder, Booklist