Friday Introduction

I'm often a stranger to my own blog. As writing is a major part of my job I often disconnect when I'm not working. But over the years I seem to take more breaks than the periods of consistency; I'm especially finicky when it comes to what I do in my personal time. I thought today I'd take a cue from the Influence Network / Jess Connolly and share a #FridayIntroductions. photo credit: the husband... who thought it was funny that I was running around like a little kid on our first really nice spring day. I'm Lisa. The LW comes from my maiden name (Woytovich) and LW Designs is a name that I've been using since college (13 years ago—eek!!) for all of creative shenanigans. I'm a true northerner, but have planted my roots in South Carolina. I'm most happy at the beach or anywhere I can see palm trees. I love cupcakes and am trying to break my addiction to caffeine. Making crafts and finding pretty things to decorate with brings me joy. I have

In This House... We Will Live for Jesus

I had the great pleasure of meeting Courtney a few years ago at Allume after a chance "virtual" meeting earlier that year. We started carrying the ABC Scripture Cards at the Billy Graham Library and I shared about it on their social media. It happened to be the week that Courtney's grandmother passed away and she found encouragement through the post saying her grandmother would have been the first she would have told about her product being carried by Billy Graham! Not having children of my own, sometimes reviewing children's products seems a bit strange, but all of my children's ministry kids are "my kids." In This House, We Will Giggle (received as a blogger reviewer from Crown Publishing) is not only a great resource for parents, but also for anyone who spends time with the children in their lives, to teach them the fundamentals of living a virtuous and moral life and keeping Christ at the center of it all.

Prayer Works!

I've been teaching children's ministry for nearly a decade. I've come across many lesson plans, curriculum, and books that describe prayer for kids in an easy-cheesy way. In fact, just a few weeks ago I went through a prayer curriculum series with the kids at church and had to supplement and add to to give it any substance. And then this week I received a copy of "Prayer Works" by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (known notably for their Sherwood Pictures films Fireproof and Courageous) with Amy Parker from B&H Kids . The Kendricks and Amy Parker use a Biblical model and Scripture to show children that God not only created them and loves them, but that He desires a relationship with them. It lets parents (or teachers) guide kids through many questions that they have about prayer - who can pray, what to pray about, where to pray, when to pray - and provides prompts for prayer that build on each other to grow in their faith journey. Highly recommend i

Fall Favorites and Being Intentional

October is the best month. You can debate me all you want, but this is my reality. I L.O.V.E. October. The first full month of fall, it's my anniversary month and my birth month, the leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, there is pumpkin everything EVERYWHERE... and... football. It's a great time to look back at the past year and look forward at what's to come. For the past few years I've done a 31 day writing challenge each October as a fun way to document my reflection. But this year I have no time. I honestly don't ever have time to write for 31 days straight. I've never made it through posting every day for the 31 days. As I was reading through posts about people preparing for the challenge last year and this year I came to the realization that many people who participate don't - they pre-write and schedule their posts. So this year I'm trying something a little bit different - 31 days of being intentional. It won't be

The Choice Between Life and Death

I start this post knowing that my opinion varies greatly than much of my family and friends. Yet, as I sit here in tears scrolling through Facebook looking at posts about Planned Parenthood I don't feel like I can stay silent any longer.

To Me at 18

I saw a question from one of my favorite blogger/authors this morning that made me pause. If you could tell the 18 year old you, one piece of advice, what would you say?

Seeing Without Blinders

When I was in college I took a human diversity class. There is a day from that class that will forever be etched in my mind. Before I tell you about that, let me preface with the disclaimer that I am fairly na├»ve about discrimination. I haven’t ever really been subject to it. And if you’ve ever met me you know that I really like to please people – I like them to be happy, I don’t like to disappoint them, and I try to help anyone however I can.