Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Interview on Race in America with ABC's Linsey Davis


The recent news on race in America has been heartbreaking, challenging, for many, awakening. I urge you to watch my new interview on race to find out how it can be transforming too! ABC's Linsey Davis covered the funeral for George Floyd, and she is the bestselling children's book author of two books. Linsey's newest book, One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike Than Different, is on racial inclusion and has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Linsey shares a sneak peek of her book, her hope for America, and practical tips on how we can make a difference right now as parents, people of faith, and Americans in general.

Watch the interview here

Thank you to Zoom for making this interview possible during the pandemic. Exciting bonus! You can enter the giveaway here for a box set that includes both of Linsey's books and 10 art prints to frame, courtesy of the Christian publisher Zonderkidz! This is a find! One Big Heart was sold out on Amazon when we taped! This exclusive box set is only available for purchase at Barnes and Noble. The contest ends next Tuesday, and one winner will be chosen.


Did you know? My first book released this month! How to Live Your Life Purpose: The Six-Step Journey to God's Best is available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback. It's been a #1 New Release in each of its three categories and sold in the top five books in its categories this weekend! Thank you so much for your support!

Friday, June 19, 2020

8 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Day

woman smiling sitting on couch with mug looking relaxed and peaceful
You’ve probably heard some version of the quote, “It’s not how you start that matters—it’s how you finish.” Indeed, the Bible confirms that we are all a work in progress; we are clay on the Potter’s wheel (Isaiah 64:8). As God continues to form us, each day is an important step along our journey. Each day grants us the gift of 86,400 seconds to use that we will never get back. To make the most of God’s gift of time, I wrote these questions as a benchmark to help us finish the day well.

1. What do I need to give over to God? 
For a good night’s sleep, we need to pray our concerns over to God. The Psalmist famously depicts how God guides him beside the still waters in Psalm 23. God offers each of us rest through refreshing stillness with him. Some things are too big for us to do, and some concerns are too heavy for us to manage alone. By entrusting our concerns to God, we acknowledge the ample power and tender mercies of our trustworthy Shepherd. Repeat these words before you sleep each night to affirm this truth: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8, NKJV).

2. Did I do something outside of my comfort zone today?
That’s exactly what so many people in the Bible did. They weren’t perfect, but they were willing to step out in faith. While it may be easier to stay within our comfort zone, we squander a precious opportunity. God can use calculated risk, or the risk that he is calling us to take, to grow our faith and dependence on him, infuse our life with adventure, and further his plan for the world. One of my favorite Bible verses, Joshua 1:9, reminds us to be brave: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” If you’re interested in learning more about risk, see my new book on life purpose, which includes essential information on the risk worth taking and end-of-chapter Bible studies to help!

3. What remains to be done?
A to-do list often hits me at the end of the day—maybe it does for you too. Once the house is quiet and my children are asleep, my mind naturally takes inventory. I have learned to sleep with a pad of paper and pen beside my bed because of it. That way, I can write down any important items that I missed, and sleep with the confidence that I will not forget them tomorrow. If we do this, we’ll awake with focus while also remaining open to God’s lead. Proverbs 16:9 states, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

4. Is there one thing that I could personally improve upon for tomorrow?
Truth be told, there are probably many things that we could improve upon, for no one is a finished product. Those who often make the most progress in their life purpose, however, are those who choose to refine their signature strengths rather than focus upon their weaknesses. Along that vein, it can be helpful to choose one thing each day to improve upon. The New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits, James Clear, advises his readers to simply get 1% better every day. This bite-sized challenge can make a monumental difference in time. The Bible echoes the fruit of persistence in Galatians 6:9 by stating, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

To read questions #5-#8, click here to continue reading on iBelieve.com.

Exciting news! My new book, How to Live Your Life Purpose: The Six-Step Journey to God's Best is now available on Kindle and in paperback too! I hope you check it out! It was an Amazon bestseller in it's category for one morning last week thanks to your support!

Stay tuned next week for an important and *timely* interview on race in America! I sat down with Linsey Davis of ABC, who recently covered George Floyd's funeral, and we talked practical steps for change, her hope for America, and her newest children's book on inclusion!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

New Life Purpose Book/Study Available on Amazon!


This week marks two important milestones: My blog reached over 250,000 views recently, and I just published my first book for sale! (Confetti!) None of this would have been possible without YOU. My life purpose series struck such a chord on the blog that I was inspired to supplement it with curriculum, add more stories, and make it available to everyone!

Amidst pandemic crisis, which includes 20% of the labor market out of work, many are turning to God for hope and new direction. Perhaps a change has been on your heart too. Publishing on Kindle has allowed me to hyperlink the book to my shows and articles, making it a more visual and interactive six-week group or personal study that can help. Here is the book's official description:

Whether you’re early in life and entertaining what’s possible, in midlife and bored with the comfortable, or suddenly needing a new beginning at any age, this book will help you connect with your purpose. Living your life purpose is not a trivial pursuit. It’s living the life your heart beats for. It’s the comprehensive expression of the roles and goals destined for you by the Creator. While it might involve a career, work inside the home, or volunteerism, it will look different for every person. Using it as the orienting principle for your life will unlock some of the richest fulfillment you can find on Earth—that’s the power of living in sync with your Creator. 

Pastor and popular TV host Noelle Kirchner expertly synthesizes scripture, media, and personal story to keep you captivated. This book is designed as a six-week personal or group study. You will feel encouraged to tune into longing, take healthy risk, and persist through the rough seasons. Each chapter ends with cultivated clips to watch from Noelle’s show, HTTV’s "Chaos to Calm," and other resources that are hyperlinked in the Kindle version. You’ll hear valuable life purpose insights from her show guests—one New York Times bestselling Christian author, one Emmy Award-winning journalist, one trending company founder, and one spiritual director with internationally-recognized quote jars. 

Sadly, abuse and poverty preclude some from the right to follow their life purpose and taste the joy that God yearns to give all his beloved. There is joy in serving a God who rescues people, and because he works through ministries and people who give, twenty percent of the proceeds of this book will go to the Christian non-profit World Vision.

Here's how YOU can help too:

1. Read the book!
2. Please leave a review to help others—I hope you love it!
3. If you like it, give it as a gift to someone else! Amazon allows you to gift easily. Maybe there is a friend whom you know could use this book already.

How to Live Your Life Purpose: The Six-Step Journey to God's Best is available on Kindle and in paperback now.

**If you do not have a Kindle device, you can download the app for free on your smartphone or computer.**

Praise:

"Had such fun chatting with the kind, wise, talented Noelle Kirchner."
—Platinum Book Award-Winning Jesus Storybook Bible and New York Times Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones, after appearing on Noelle's show, Chaos to Calm

"As both a mom and ordained minister, Noelle Kirchner is the kind of writer who inspires me to dig deep and contemplate the important matters of life. Her thoughtful essays and lessons are a blessing to me both as a writer and Christian."  
—Bestselling Children's Book Author Laura Sassi of Goodnight, Ark and Love is Kind

"Dear Friend, Wise Confidante, Prayer Warrior, and Spiritual Mentor, Noelle has a knack for knowing just what to write to guide her readers to dive into scripture and apply its message to everyday life." 
—Courtney Reed, Active Bible Study Leader, Former Teacher, and Stay-at-Home Mom of Three

"I have been enjoying and sharing Noelle's writing and TV shows for years, and I'm delighted that she's produced this study by popular demand! I cannot wait to "dig in" and start exploring life purpose by using this as a small group resource. Thank you, Noelle!"  
—Rev. Dr. Deborah Huggins, Associate Pastor, Contributor to Growing in Grace & Gratitude, a Christian Youth and Disability Curriculum Series

"Noelle's work and writing proves her to be a gifted communicator who is passionate to share messages of hope, faith, and encouragement. She doesn't hesitate to speak what Christians need to hear as they face the daily challenges of faith."  
—Sarah Martin, Editor for iBelieve, Salem Web Network 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

5 Tips for Raising More Teachable Children (Even during Quarantine)

5 Tips for Raising More Teachable Children (Even during Quarantine)
If you’re like me, having teachable children sounds especially good right now. First, many of us are finding ourselves in the new position of being our children’s actual teacher for the first time. With schools closed because of COVID–19, I’m wearing more hats (sometimes awkwardly) as I homeschool my two older boys with a one-year-old too. Second, while this situation offers the silver lining of increased bonding time as a family, it also has its challenges. Tensions easily flare in confined environments right when working together peaceably has never felt more important. If we can arise from this trying chapter as better parents with happier, more ordered households, that’s a victory.

Here are 5 tips that can help. 
Read the tips here in my newest article! 

This article went live last week, and I did a video backstory for it on Facebook. Have you seen it? It's been viewed over 13K times! I'd love for you to watch. Visit my Facebook page!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New Devotion: 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Feel Intimidated to Pray


I was blessed in college to live with a friend who was passionate about the Bible. I was premed at the time, which meant a lot of nights studying. I can still remember tiptoeing into our dorm room and seeing her screensaver. The room was dark except for the colored, creeping words that floated across her computer screen: “Pray without ceasing…”

Continued prayer is an important reminder. As a pastor, however, I’m struck by the fact that so many people have told me that they feel intimidated to pray. Whether they’re at a hospital bedside looking to encourage a loved one who is sick, gathered around a table with family and friends awaiting mealtime, or confiding in someone about a problem and looking for prayer, they feel reticent. What if I say the wrong words? Will my prayer sound stupid? Can’t someone else do it better? 

While it’s natural to have different comfort levels with prayer, particularly when it’s in front of someone else, the Bible makes it clear that God wants to hear from you. There is power in the words we say and our testimony. As a pastor, I can pray with you, and I’m happy to do so. But it can be far more impactful for your loved one, child, or friend to hear the words coming from you. That act of faith can open the door for God to act in ways that you might never have imagined. 

The Bible extends an open, gentle invitation to each of us to consider stepping out in faith through prayer. The following are five reasons why you should never feel intimidated to do so: 

1. Prayer is an open conversation with God. 

The best way to alleviate the fear of saying the wrong thing is to consider prayer as a casual conversation with God. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). If we really did this, we would be talking with God throughout the day. Prayer is an invitation to draw closer to God through conversation like you would a friend. 

2. The best prayers are honest prayers. 

Rather than presenting God with perfect words, God wants to know your heart. When we use prayer as a vehicle to be honest with God, our intimacy with him increases. There have been times when I have wept on my knees to God. Afterward, I knew that he had heard me—I felt his peace and sometimes a conviction that God would grant my petition. Honesty in prayer gets God’s attention (Psalm 145:18).


For three more reasons not to feel intimidated, 
continue reading on Crosswalk.com.

Last week was the National Day of Prayer, so this devotion is timely. Prayer is always just a conversation with God away!

Friday, May 8, 2020

15 Things You Know as a Mom of Little Boys

In honor of Mother's Day weekend, here is an old favorite that's now featured on a new spot! Join me in checking out Red Tricycle, which features a trove of parenting resources that are especially invaluable now. Happy Mother's Day!

Fighting Darth Vader in Orlando

We have hunkered down over spring break due to the coronavirus, which meant lots of family movie watching. One of the first flicks we were sure to catch was the last in the Star Wars series, The Rise of Skywalker. It brought me back to this article that I penned four years ago and still holds true. I added a new point to the list as well. Moms of boys, I hope this makes you smile…

My boys, ages four and six, watched the Star Wars trilogy for the first time this winter. They couldn’t wait to reenact the scenes. They became proud owners of matching lightsabers, courtesy of their grandparents.

The sabers glow red and make a sound upon impact. One afternoon after jostling, my older son ran to me in amazement. Apparently, they had just fought with their eyes closed and their lightsabers still met. He proudly announced that they now knew the ways of the Force.

While I knew they needed an outlet for their energy, especially when it was too cold to go outside, I worried the sabers would miss their intended target and leave a welt on someone’s cheek. As I laid down the respective ground rules before their next jostle, like keeping their eyes OPEN, my older son said proudly, “Mommy, you don’t have to worry. We have training.” And there was no doubt in his mind that this was the case.

This experience, among many, has matriculated in the following list. Moms of little boys know the adventure of raising them is often one with distinct markings. Along the path of wanting to raise gentlemen, I’ve had to be an observer of a world that’s very different from my own. I balance every day the desire to mold them and let go, being respectful of their boyishness. Here is what I’ve learned while maneuvering their dynamic, yet endearing world:

1. What’s cool has nothing to do with conversation or pampering—it’s watching Star Wars and memorizing every line.

2. Sword fighting requires no rules or training, at least in the way that you view training. Yoda, can you help here please?

3. Boys often bond through sports and wrestling. Sometimes they remind you of puppies. In a cute way.

4. Hugs and playful punches express equal endearment.

5. The only drama they know is playing until someone gets hurt.

For the remaining 10 points, visit me on 
Red Tricycle—it's a fun site!

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