Are You Working For the Approval of Others?

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I once ran life on empty. I was exhausted, stressed out, and overwhelmed for well way too long.

I’m thankful I’ve found a different - better - healthier way to live life. When I look at how long I ran on empty, I can’t help but feel a heaviness in my heart.

This heaviness, however, is what fuels me. It is the reason why I get up every day. You see, I believe God walked me through a season of life for me to share the...

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How To Live Life Without Selling Out Your Soul

Nobody desires to lose their soul and yet, so many women are living life with a weary and worn-out soul.

Why is that?

Why are women so burden by life that their very life-line is ready to dial 9-1-1?

Of course there are hundreds of possible answers to this question.

Answers like I have littles at home that are very active. My husband travels for work most days of the week or has two jobs to help keep us financially upright.

Other responses might come in the form of what you fill your days...

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Out of Ashes Comes Beauty

I remember the day well. 

It was a warm, sunny, September day. I was up early as I had an 8am badminton class that I had to teach as part of my graduate assistantship for my doctoral program. Remember when you would do anything for money? Case in point! 

As I looked at the clock, I remember thinking to myself, "Where is everyone? Why are they late?" 

It was minutes later that I found out why. 

One of my students, who happened to be from Germany, came up to me in a panic....

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Are You Looking For Community In the Wrong Places?

Did you know that you were created to be in community? 

That deep desire you have to share life with others is not just a feeling. It is a hardwiring that God has placed in you. 

God knew that life would simply be too hard to do on your own.

In order to survive the mountains and valleys of life, you need the fellowship, love, care, support, and encouragement of others to weather the storms. And you need the accountability of others as you work to grow your faith. 

Ecclesiastes...

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God Wants You to Care For Yourself

Happy February!

Given it is the month of love, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend the next 28 days focusing on the kind of love women don't do well - that being, self-love.

You know what self-love is right? It is the kind of love where you give as much love to yourself as you for others.

I know, I know. This statement alone is enough to bring on eye-rolls, nervous laughs, and a complete disregard for a concept so many women view as impossible to achieve.

There are even...

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Breathing Through Stress

I had exactly 1.25 hours to get to Target with two kids in tote to do my grocery shopping for the week.

I knew I was "violating" one of my golden rules - avoid running errands when you don't have enough time, especially during the Christmas season.

My inner voice kept reminding me, "This is not a good idea!" I chose not to listen to it. I had decided being efficient was more important than listening to rationale. So, I made my Target run.

This one, small, and innocent decision...

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Making Gratitude Last

Happy Post Thanksgiving!

I pray your Thanksgiving was filled with good food, relaxation, family, friends, and gratitude!

What a blessing it was for my family to host Thanksgiving this year and celebrate with family that we love and cherish so deeply!

After all our guests went home, my husband and I reflected upon our day and decided that Thanksgiving felt different this year.

Unlike years past, this Thanksgiving was not so much about the actual day. It was about the days leading up to...

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When We Choose to Give Thanks Our Hearts Change

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm so excited for this week! Thanksgiving just happens to be my favorite holiday to celebrate. I absolutely love the simplicity of the season and the lack of commercialism that is involved with this special day!

In it's purest form, Thanksgiving was and continues to be a day to gather together with family and friends to eat (of course!), relax, and give thanks for all that we have been blessed with.

When I pause long enough to really think about all that God has blessed...

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Peace Follows Giving Thanks and Surrender

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 6-7)

You've heard and seen this verse before, right? It is a popular, go-to verse when life leaves you feeling down right anxious and stressed out.

What I love most about this verse is that God is directly feeding our anxious and weary...

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Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

During the month of November my family and I are being intentional about giving thanks for what we have been given. We are using this month to pause in our days to examine our blessings and remember to give thanks to God, the one who provides.

Will you join us this month in offering your own thanks to God? 

If you want to join me (and I sure hope you do!), I encourage you to find a way to express your thanks. A popular technique to offer thanksgiving is to use a gratitude journal or...

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