The Cure for the “Perfect” Life

I’m a bookaholic. I truly am. As I write this, ten feet away from me are three boxes of books. They traveled with us from California to Tennessee…and Paul begged me to get rid of them. I thinned the herd but there’s no way I’m parting with these select few.

Why am I telling you all this? 

Because “The Cure for the Perfect Life” is going to live with me forever, too. And, once I get myself a bookshelf in our  home here, it will sit tall and pretty beside her other book-friends.

Kathi and Cheri do a wonderful job at gently pointing out four BIG obstacles many of us suffer from; Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, Performancism and my personal dance partner…Procrastination. They’re two women I know you’ll love to get to know. Their faith in God alongside their transparency makes this book a real gem. They share from a place of having “been there” which is the much-needed spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.

Hello, my name is Joanne and I suffer from chronic Procrastination with a mild disorder of People-Pleasing thrown in for good measure.

How about you? Any of those four P’s ring a bell in your life? Then do your husband and your family and your best girlfriend a favor…get this book. If you’re not convinced, here’s a few more tidbits to whet your whistle:

Cure for the Perfect LifeThis book will help you…

  • exchange outdated views of who you “should be” for a clear do-able vision of who you are in Christ.
  • take control of that too long to-do list so it no longer controls you.
  • stop striving to maintain an image and live with more freedom day-to-day.
  • overcome the tyranny of “more” and radically live with the abundance of “enough.”
  • stop trying to earn others’ approval and learn to rest in God’s lavish unconditional love.

You can pick up the book here or here or here or here.

Or, if you’d like to download the first chapter FREE, you can do that here.

Here’s a little bit more about the authors:





Cheri Gregory is a Certified Personality Trainer; contributor to multiple books, including Wired That Way and 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids; and frequent speaker for MOPS groups, women’s retreats, parent workshops, and educational conferences. She is also a high school English teacher and graduate student. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel (her opposite personality), a pastor, for over a quarter-of-a-century; they have two college-aged kids (who are also opposite personalities). She blogs about expectations, “baditude”, and hope at Connect with her on Facebook at and Twitter @CheriGregory.





Kathi Lipp is the author of The Husband Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project, 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids, and several other books. Kathi’s articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, and she is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family radio and TV. She and her husband Roger are parents of four young adults in San Jose, California. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter @KathiLipp.

What’s Your True Identity?

Hey friends,

I’m packing my bags and heading out to encourage women at The Better Together Conference. I’ll be on my plane to Jacksonville in a few short hours. Meanwhile, there’ s still a few hours to put some finishing touches on my workshops and pick up my son from football try-outs and make sure my husband has enough tea in the fridge.

There’s a little something I’ll be sharing with some of the gals in my classes that I thought might be helpful to you, too. A reminder of who we are in Jesus.

Yep, we have promises to lay hold of that are easily forgotten (by me, too). I’ve included a few of them below. Read them, meditate on them and remember you are the daughter of the One true God.


My Identity in Christ

I am loved, accepted, treasured!

  • I am God’s Child. John 1:12
  • I am loved for all eternity. Jer. 31:3
  • I am Christ’s friend. John 15:15
  • I am forgiven of all my sins. 1Peter 4:8
  • I am a member of Christ’s body. 1Cor. 2:27
  • I am a saint. Ephesians 1:1
  • I’ve been adopted as God’s child. Eph. 1:5
  • I am surrounded by God’s love.  Ps. 32:10
  • I have direct access to God. Eph. 2:18
  • I’m redeemed and forgiven. Col. 1:14
  • I am complete in Christ. Col. 2:10


I am safe, secure, protected!

  • I am declared not guilty. Romans 8:1-2
  • I am secure in Christ’s love. Psalm 122:6
  • I am protected by God. Prov. 29:25
  • I’m assured all things work together for good. Romans 8:28
  • I cannot be separated from God’s love. Rom. 8:35
  • I am God’s temple. 1Cor. 3:16
  • I am God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10
  • I’ve a meaningful purpose. Jeremiah 29:11
  • I am not afraid. 1John 4:18
  • I’ve been given a spirit of power and love, not fear. 2Timothy 1:7
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:14






Israel – The True Story

israelHey friends–

I’m grateful to belong to a pretty amazing church family. There are some messages I just have to share. With all that’s going on in Israel right now it’s important to be informed. Well, our pastor returned a few days ago from the war zone there and does a wonderful job at explaining what is really going on in that part of the world.

You will be amazed.

Israel is God’s Holy Land–the name Israel means’ governed by God. I pray these talking points may help to educate you about the history of this nation and why what’s going on there is going on in the first place.

If you choose to “watch” it, just fast forward through the worship to the message.  Just go to PART 6 – TRIP TO ISRAEL and click on however you desire to listen in.


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Be Encouraged Today

This morning I was reading through Nehemiah to prepare for The Better Together Conference next week and read these words by Pastor T.D. Jakes. I couldn’t have needed them more. They brought me to a much-needed place of prayer between me and God–of confession, and restoration of my heart.

I wonder if you need to read these words too? I pray they bless your soul. 


Naked Prayer, T.D. Jakesencouragement

In the Word of God, we occasionally read about a place of naked prayer. People who pray in this way have been stripped of their self-consciousness, their concern about the opinions of others, and their pride. Hannah was a woman who prayed like this. When she came to the temple and poured out all her locked-up bitterness, she appeared drunk (see 1 Samuel 1:12-18). Even the priest did not recognize this kind of consuming, passionate prayer.

God is raising up some men and women who will blow the minds of the most religious people! Radical Christians–those who have nothing to lose–are coming to the forefront. Like Christ, they have been laid bare on the cross and are speaking the truth under the threat of nails and spears.

When your options run out, your faith will grow. Think about it. Who needs faith for water when you can turn on a faucet? Who needs faith for the parting of the sea when there are bridges standing strong? faith is reserved for those times when there are not alternatives, when you must look to the Invisible to do the impossible!

Your crisis is a privilege God has given you to experience a deeper realm of a miracle-working power. Get up and start shouting! You have been chosen for a miracle. Faith must have the incubator of impossibility to grow. Don’t panic. This trouble is just a test–a test with a reward. So don’t stop short of the prize. The greater the conflict the greater the conquest.

Lay aside every sin that could trip you up. Forgive everyone who ever hurt you or disappointed you. Slip the spirit of heaviness from your shoulders–the old depression that is weighting you down. When you are stripped down to nothing but prayer let your request be made known to God.

You may have to walk the floor and pray. You may have to confess some issues you have not wanted to confront. You may have to forgive someone who wasn’t even courteous enough to ask for forgiveness. Do it anyway. Considering what God has done for you, you can’t afford any barriers to prayer.

Let the cool waters of His Word rinse the residue from your past. Spread before Him every issue; He can’t cleanse what you will not expose. Bathe your mind in the streams of His mercy. This kind of bathing is as holy as a christening and as refreshing as a shower. It brings the renewal that can only occur in the heart of a woman who has been through enough to open her heart, to board up her past, and to stand in the rain of His grace. The only way you can dress up for God is to undress. Present yourself as a living sacrifice offered on the altar in naked prayer.

I’ve Missed My Tennessee Home

2013 November 7 170We just returned home from a trip to D.C. and we are exhausted–at least I am. (My kids have supernatural bounce-back power.)

There was so much I learned and so much I photographed in the hopes of sharing stories about America’s history here with you. Whether I was reading words inscribed at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, or the Lincoln Memorial or even while at Arlington and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier–you can’t get away from the fact that God is recognized by our founding fathers. It was a beautiful thing to witness.

But, I’ll be sharing more about that later.

In the past three months we’ve had company come and stay with us four separate times, and we’ve traveled out of the country once and flown to Seattle, Northern California, New York City and just came home last night after being in our country’s capitol.

Yeah, it’s been kind of crazy. dixie

This morning, my adorable pooch Dixie woke me up and we went outside to the back deck for our morning ritual. While she runs around sniffing everything and attempts to hold me hostage with her favorite ball, I enjoy an enormous mug of coffee and spend time with Jesus.

I was grateful to be alone with the Lord at the break of day.

Just me and Him…and well, Dixie…and the cows behind my house yelling for their breakfast. It felt so good to be back.

I’ve missed my Tennessee home.



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