Friends, I am so excited about my special guest today, Brenda Warner.
The picture above is of Kim, (Bren’s sister), Bren and I at the Super Bowl in 1999, but our friendship goes back way before the big game!
Brenda is my oldest childhood friend (in more ways than one! She’s 26 days older than me!) Knocking on the Carney’s door, wearing an orange and white striped shirt with iron-on block letters “Lynn” on the front, I made sure Brenda and Kim Carney felt welcomed to the big city of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
In the past 35 years, Bren and I have both come a long way. From being described as “Jesus Freaks” in our high school to becoming speakers for Jesus, our message has stayed the same: living a life that honors Jesus is the only life.
If you aren’t familiar with my childhood friend’s story, you can read CNN’s abbreviated version here. I’ve asked Brenda a couple of questions and then we’ll get right to our give away!
Bren, your life has been a roller coaster. From the lowest of lows when your first husband left, your son received brain damage and your parents died in a tornado to the highs of two Super Bowls, becoming a mom of seven as well as a Women of Faith speaker. What have you learned from this ride?
I have learned the only thing you can count on is God and His faithfulness. You can’t count on people or your circumstances; they can change in a minute. You can count on a faithful God who says He will never leave you or forsake and He will prove it! Even when you feel like you can’t take one more thing or one more day, He will give you the power and strength you need to make it through.
What would you say to the women who says she can’t make a difference; she doesn’t have a platform like you do.
Some people who have made the biggest impact in this world are those who have just impacted one. When you live out a life that honors Jesus each day, you don’t know who you are influencing. Make a difference, no matter how big or small, in your circle each and every day. God will honor that step.
Recently, I received an email from Brenda inviting me to be her guest when she speaks at Women of Faith next weekend in Charlotte. This year’s theme is Celebrate What Matters. I’m so excited my friend Lysa TerKeurst will be part of the Women of Faith next year!
Not only do I have tickets, I have two to give away too! I’ll also be giving away a copy of her and Kurt’s book “First Things First”. I’ll do two give aways; one for those near Charlotte who can come to Women of Faith and another for the book so be sure to let me know which one you are in for! Just answer this question at www.LynnCowell.com or in the comments below:
If you were chosen to be a Women of Faith speaker for one day, what would your message be about? (If you’re super busy, just say “I’m in!”)
I’ll post the winner of these two prizes during my peace series on Monday. For now, I’m heading to West Virginia to carry the message of Jesus’ Revolutionary Love to the girls in Petersburg! See you on Monday!