Posted on 4.27.2015 by Jody Noland

To my dear daughter...and countless other outstanding young college graduation draws near.

As the day quickly approaches when you will don the cap and gown, I’ve been thinking back to my own college graduation. And remembering things I wish I had known as I entered the “real world.”  Every parent wants to spare their child the pain of learning life lessons the hard way!

Posted on 4.16.2015 by Jody Noland

Hurry, hurry, hurry. Busy, busy, busy. We are important people, with packed schedules and long to-do lists.

And what often accompanies the fast pace of life is a very short fuse. Slow or incompetent service frustrates us. We become easily annoyed at having to wait too long for our “tall, half-caff, soy latte at 120 degrees.” And we’re not shy about telling the person delivering the service how we feel about the sub-par treatment.

Posted on 4.10.2015 by Jody Noland

It’s that time again. Allergy season in Atlanta. Everything is covered in pollen. Cars look as though they have been dipped in yellow powdered sugar. And lots of people have very red eyes. 

I wish I could say that’s the reason for my condition. At least it’s a good excuse.

Posted on 4.03.2015 by Jody Noland
Last summer, I was invited to join an amazing group of women ministry leaders in Dallas for a summit sponsored by Faithlife. Women like Kay Arthur. Liz Curtis Higgs. June Hunt. Carol Kent. Glenna Salsbury. Mary Welchel. And me. (I still can't believe I was invited!)
One of the great outcomes of the summit was the assembly of a wonderful e-book, full of insights from this incredible group of women. It's called "What I Wish I'd Known."
Here's the link to the free book:
Posted on 3.27.2015 by Jody Noland

At times recently,  I’ve felt as though I was sitting in the bleachers, watching my life unfold. And I’ve been somewhat slack-jawed at the ways God is answering prayers. The truth that He can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) continues to be demonstrated in my life. I hope that God’s faithfulness in my life will encourage you to step out in faith and to pray big prayers for your own life.

Posted on 3.20.2015 by Jody Noland

Have you ever been locked up? Spent time in the slammer?

No, not literally.

Have you ever been…or are you currently…locked in a prison of fear?

Most people have served some time there. And, sadly, many still feel locked up, desperate for freedom, but unable to make a jailbreak.

So many different fears can keep us there: fear for our children’s safety, fear about our health, fear about our financial future, fear of terrorism, fear of not measuring up, fear of being rejected, fear of being known. The list is endless. And the misery is real.

Posted on 3.13.2015 by Jody Noland

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. 

Meet Casey, age 11. She’s one of my heroes. And she’s legendary.

I met Casey through a friend who is her pediatric hospice nurse. My friend knows that I love to help people, especially hospice patients, write affirming letters to the important people in their lives. She told Casey and her mom about my calling, and they thought that writing letters might be something Casey would enjoy doing.

Posted on 3.06.2015 by Jody Noland

When three different friends give you the same gentle reprimand over the course of a week, you know it’s time to listen. That happened to me a few weeks ago, and it was like a heavenly “smack upside the head.”

The issue: my constant bent toward negative self-talk and putting myself down. Yes, I love to encourage other people…to build them up…to help them see their best qualities. But when it comes to self-assessment? Not so much.

I am well versed in what’s wrong with me…but have continued to struggle to find “what’s right about me.”

Posted on 2.27.2015 by Jody Noland

What’s upset you in the last few days? The annoyance of “snow days” when there has been no snow? Rush hour traffic? A friend who hasn’t followed through on a commitment? 

Each of our lives is full of annoyances and irritations. It’s part of this broken world.

But for people on some parts of our planet, a “bad day” is defined very differently.

It’s defined as a life in slavery. 

27 million people live in some form of slavery.

27 million.

In 2015.

Please don’t bury your head in the sand and say “I didn’t know.” 

Posted on 2.20.2015 by Jody Noland

Yes, I really did go hang gliding. Some of you probably think I’m crazy. And you might well be right. Actually, I’m crazy enough that I would love to do it again!

A few years ago, as my daughter was about to head off to college, we spontaneously joined some dear friends on a hang gliding adventure. Honestly, it hadn’t been on my “bucket” list.

I had lived through a lot of unexpected change over the previous few years and survived. And I had begun to realize how healthy it is to try new things and to step outside of my comfort zone. (or fly outside of it, in this case)