Jessica Robertson visits All Things Southern


Several weeks ago now I had Jep and Jessica Robertson, stars of the hit A&E reality show Duck Dynasty in the ATS LIVE studio with me to talk about their book, The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God.  I so enjoyed their visit and the message of this book stayed with me long after I read it. It's why I circled back and asked Jessica if she would join me for a print interview. She graciously agreed. I wasn't surprised. Jessica is as grounded as the rest of her famous family. I know you'll enjoy her visit, so we'll get right to it..   Hello Jessica! Thank you for The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God.  I must admit, the span of wit and wisdom contained in it took me by surprise. Oh, I knew full well that I would be entertained by your book, because both you and your … [Read more...]

Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce!


Okay, I can't stand it. I've got to stop and tell y'all more about the project I'm working on called Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce. It's a cookbook/memoir, scheduled for an October 2016 release by Barbour Publishing and I'm super excited about it for a host of reasons. For starters, long-time readers have been asking me to compile a cookbook for more than a decade now. (If you're in that number, thank you-- and may I remind you of the old saying "better late than never"?) I'm delighted to let y'all know that you've been heard! I'm also pumped about the project because the good folks at Barbour have given me a ton of creative license with the narrative that will surround 125 recipes and 80 full color photographs. By that I mean that I don't have to separate my love of humor and … [Read more...]

Without Me He Won’t


Sometimes I throw up word pictures on my Instagram, which is synced to my Twitter, which is tied to my Facebook (and am I the only one thinking about the hip bone connected to the thigh bone?). These takeaway thoughts are always pulled straight from what's going on in my own life. Meaning, I'm "preaching" to myself first, and then to anyone listening out there in social media land. Today, I thought I'd flesh out something I posted Tuesday night. Here are those words and the picture that accompanied them: I have endless reasons to praise Jesus but on the top of my list right now is how He rescues me from painful circular thinking.Be it a perceived offense, a disappointment, or a worry, if I resist the urge to nurture it and ask Him for help, He is faithful to give me grace to quit … [Read more...]



Can I testify? God has taught me that as soon as I realize I'm having an imaginary conversation with someone in my head and telling them "a thing or two" about something he or she has said or done, I best stop thinking and commence to praying for that person right then and there IF I don't want the wound or offense to produce a very real root of bitterness that will become much harder to uproot IF left to fester. It gets better. IF I ask He is most faithful to alert me to such destructive thought patterns -- and IF I yield, He will soften my heart in the process of praying for the other person until I have more love to offer and fresh forgiveness to extend. I don't have an endless supply of patience and mercy, but Jesus does, and I have access to all He is IF I will yield … [Read more...]

From a Morning of Wonder to a Night of Hope


Friday morning found me on the dock in my backyard contemplating God's wonder as He woke the world. It ended with my head resting on a hotel pillow in Baton Rouge, LA beside my darling man, trying to find a place to park a jumble of emotions. The hours in between hold a story of dream, perseverance, and hope. A Night of Hope. Night of Hope was the inaugural charity event put on by my daughter and her husband, Patrick and Jessica Maher, to benefit their non-profit foundation, Hope Without Borders.  You can read about the foundation, the beauty and promise of Hope Houses, and how the dream was born in Jessica's heart during a mission trip to El Salvador at her website, along with how you can get involved here and now in the onset of something amazing. God's kind of … [Read more...]