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" My parents were complicated people. They had a complicated relationship. My home was very, very complicated. "
" The history of New Orleans was always a fascination to me - such a blend of light and darkness and plague and pleasure and hedonism and fear and death. It's just a very, very intriguing city. I have this strange love relationship with it. "
" Sometimes you have to shove all the surface stuff to the side in order to see what's underneath. "
" I've never known more Jesus-serving, Jesus-loving, people-loving, people-serving folks on earth than right here in my hometown of Houston, Texas. "
" I didn't have a fireworks moment for my salvation. I had a falling in love with Jesus in Sunday school when I was a very young child. "
" I don't know what kind of courage it took thousands of years ago, but I know how courageous women need to be today. "
" We've got to know the Word of God. That is our absolute stability. That is our offensive weapon against the kingdom of darkness. "
" I try as hard as I know how to keep my reader relating on a broad level so I don't lead her someplace where she thinks that's the only thing that could cause insecurity. "
" We Houstonians, generally speaking, are hearty. The weather's too hot for us not to be. "
" When you do fiction, it is your imagination you have put out there. "
" My very addictive personality and all sorts of strongholds are a thing of the past for me. Yet at the root of every single one of those issues was insecurity, something I had battled since childhood. "
" I was the second-youngest child in a family that took up the better part of an entire pew at our Baptist church. "
" The Word of God is so much broader than people are giving it credit for. Look at Proverbs, a book written on how to live. "
" I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don't think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real. "
" I have to have a daily, vibrant relationship with Jesus in order to survive that process toward healing. "
" I hope we have a whole lot of healthy men out there impacting their wives and daughters with a sense of value and dignity. They can have a huge impact. It takes a secure man to breed that sense of security in his family. "
" What I thought as a young adult is you act like you have it together whether or not you do because that is what church people do. That is not what God has called us to do. "
" When someone does not want what God has to offer, He is not going to force it on them. "
" God's good. He can just pull a life out of a pit, can't He? "
" God wants us to believe Him to be huge, even if we don't know what to believe Him for in a particular situation and circumstance. I can believe God to be God, to come and show Himself mighty and merciful in that situation, even if I don't really know biblically what I'm to ask Him for. "
" I am convinced now that virtually every destructive behavior and addiction I battled off and on for years was rooted in my (well-earned) insecurity. "
" We Houstonians are a spicy lot. We raise our babies with tongues of fire, mostly lit by chips and salsa. Our blood is as thick and warm as queso. "
" To possess dignity is to be worthy of respect. Worthy of high esteem. Absorb this: you are worthy of respect. "
" I want women to love Jesus! That is what I would give every single thing I have for, every earthly good I've got. That is the greatest desire of my heart. "
" As God took me through the journey that became the Bible study 'Breaking Free', He taught me to look for a common denominator among the things that triggered my destructive habits. "