Thursday, October 22, 2020

6 Ways to Make This Election Day Less Divisive

Election Day is around the corner, and millions of Americans have already cast their vote. The divisiveness of the country makes 2020 even harder. What can we as Christians do to lower the nation's temperature and help mend the country? I wrote this article for Crosswalk with that goal in mind—not to endorse any particular candidate. 

Our nation is wrestling with issues far deeper than any elected official. We have lost the ability to have constructive conversation and reach actionable compromise when the stakes have never been higher. When discourse is halted for fear of retaliation or is censored by social media or news outlets, it's concerning. We as a nation can do better.

Please join me in exploring the opportunity of this moment to model the change we want to see, compassion for our neighbors, and the light of Christ—it's never been more needed.

Read here

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

New On-Demand Episode: 'Cuties,' COVID, and Tween Faith

What are the signs of tween depression, and what strategies help fight it?

How can parents best support their children as school is impacted by COVID-19?

What messages does your daughter need to hear from you concerning body image and social media?

I was honored to connect with Proverbs 31 Ministries' Lynn Cowell, who is a speaker and author, and Michelle Nietert, who runs a counseling center out of Dallas, Texas. Both women are co-authors of a new devotional for tween girls and are passionate about tween issues and faith. They answer the questions above along with many others, including: How is parenting like packing a suitcase? (Thanks, Lynn!)

I hope you will tune in by watching here. Also, check out my latest article on tween issues that mentions the episode and is being re-featured on Crosswalk this week.

One more thing! Lynn and Michelle are giving away one copy of their new devotional, Loved and Cherished, to a girl in foster care for every copy sold. I love that! Want to win a free copy? REGISTER HERE by Sunday, 10/18/20 at 10 PM EST. I will choose one lucky winner! Happy watching (and registering)!


To watch other Chaos to Calm episodes on-demand, click here!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Living Fully within the Storm

"Storms in life don’t have to be literal to be devastating."

This week, I'm sharing a piece I wrote for the October edition of my writer's guild publication, The Redbud Post. Join me in finding hope, choosing faith, and benefiting from God's peace in all of life's storms. I write:

"As the country braced for Hurricane Laura’s ensuing destruction, I followed the storm’s formation. I saw white, mammoth clouds spinning and churning through satellite images. There were purple flashes of lightning within the cyclone. Yet the center, the eye of the hurricane was different. It was a place of peace, a dark hole of rest visible all the way out in space as well. It made me wonder: How can we as Christians live in the eye of the storm, in a place of peace regardless of what is swirling around us?"

Find the article and continue reading here

Stay tuned next week for a new fall episode of HTTV's "Chaos to Calm with Noelle Kirchner," which will be available to watch on-demand here! I talk COVID-19 and back-to-school issues, rising tween anxiety, faith and sexuality, and more with a ministry and psychologist duo.

Also, I started a Bible study with fellow women at my church based upon my new book this past weekend. Check out their sweet faces on Instagram! 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Why We Need to Turn Off Cuties and 'WAP' Now

Cuties movie still, Netflix receives backlash for sexualizing children in upcoming movie

PLEASE read my newest article to learn about the controversial Sundance Film Cuties and the trending pop song "WAP" and why they're so dangerous. I include findings from the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Our hyper-sexualized culture is oppressing females—including young girls. Lives are quite literally at stake by what we support. Every voice matters as we raise them on behalf of our fellow women, the voiceless, and those whose voices are still forming. 

Read my article for Crosswalk here

P.S. Stayed tuned for the fall episode of my faith and parenting TV show, Chaos to Calm, in which I interview two authors of a new tween devotional for girls—we touch on Cuties and "WAP" too!

Monday, September 21, 2020

A Prayer for a New Purpose for a New Day

flower meadow title image for prayer for new purpose new day

I'm sharing my heart in this special prayer on purpose that I wrote with my new book in mind. Will you pray with me today?

"Loving Creator,

I affirm that you created me with a purpose that began before I was born. 

You have numbered each hair on my head (Luke 12:7).

Scripture tells of how you long to cradle me under your wings like a mother hen (Matt. 23:37).

Remind me of your devoted care and reveal your intention for my life. 

Gentle Potter,

I know that you are shaping me.

Sometimes I feel your watchful hand upon me, and sometimes it feels like I am broken in pieces on the floor.

I affirm that you know how to put every piece of me together. Help me to see myself as you see me—as your masterpiece.

I offer the clay of my life into your wise hands (Isaiah 64:8)..."

Pray the entire prayer with me on iBelieve

If your link was broken in last week's subscription email, you can find my guest post here. I shared the *inside scoop* on my book with author Laura Sassi! Congratulations to Ginny N. of VA for winning a free, signed copy of my book last week, and to Sandy M. of MO for winning the week prior!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

My Behind-the-Scenes Book Glimpse with Laura Sassi

This week I'm guest posting on the celebrated Christian children's book author Laura Sassi's blog to give you the *inside scoop* behind my new book! Laura is no stranger to my blog, and I am delighted to share special news regarding my book on hers! She asked me five questions whose answers I can't wait for you to read! PLUS, to win a free, signed copy of my new book, register by leaving a comment on my guest post by the end of the day TOMORROW:

Read my guest post

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