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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It's Easier to Put Myself Last

Have you ever had the thought that it's just easier to put yourself last? 

If we are all honest, I think we've all had this thought and maybe even acted upon it. 

I mean, after all, there is a lot going on, isn't there?

Children need help with homework. A meal needs to be made. Projects need to be completed. Laundry needs to be done. Husbands and significant others need your time and affection. Friends need advice. The dog needs grooming. The car needs an oil change. The toilet...

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The Secret To Maintaining A Simplified Life

Happy last day of October! Can you believe we’ve just cruised through another month? Where does the time go? Those much wiser than me always told me that time moves faster the older I get. I didn’t believe them, until now! It seems that with a blink of an eye, weeks pass. I guess that is my sign that I’m getting older!

This month has been extra rewarding from me, spending time digging into how to live out a life that is more simple and peace-filled.

This way of living...

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The Simplified Life You Want Is On the Other Side Of Your Fear

The solution to simplify my life and reduce my stress was to quit my job. This one resolve was the hardest decision I have ever made. The fear of the unknown kept me paralyzed to a life that no longer served me. While I had many fears, the one that prevented me from taking action sooner was my identity. “If I was no longer a professor, then who was I?

Truth be told, this is still hard for me. As a society, we wrap our identities into our careers and jobs. When we no longer...

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Rest Is More Than A Luxury

Rest - we all know we need rest and that we should rest.

But…moving our brains from intellectually knowing we need to rest to actually resting, is where many of us falter.

Like you, I’m guilty of spending many of my days going from one task to another without taking time to rest - to silent myself and the environment around me to simply be.

There are so many reasons why rest is so hard to achieve. We need not go any further than the never ending to-do-list! There is always a...

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Saying No to Stress and Yes to Joy

Life is full of stress. The fact of the matter is that stress will always be a part of our lives.

The key to living a thriving life is not to get rid of your stress. It is learning to manage it.

Friend, how you are doing in managing your stress?

You may be thinking that, in your current season of life, stress is doable. Sure, there are days and circumstances that present itself as stressful but for the most part you feel in control of managing this stress.

Or you might fall on the opposite...

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Are you neglecting your soul?

When was the last time you cared for yourself? Yesterday? A week ago? A month ago? A year ago? Never?

While I pray with my whole heart that you answered "yesterday," my gut and experience tells me you answered "a month ago, a year ago, or maybe even never."

Why is it that we spend more time caring for others and other things than we do our own heart and soul? Heck, even the laundry gets more attention than our heart. 

When Quilt Overpowers Self-Care

I have spoken with many women...

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Self-Care Challenge - Week 3

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It’s our last week of exploring and challenging you to find time for yourself to do the activities that fill your soul and gives you rest, renewal, and relaxation.

So far you have been challenged to a variety of activities. What activities have resonated with you the most?

A few weeks back I met with my “Mom’s Recharge” bible study group at church. The topic was on self-care.

As I talked with other moms with kids of varying ages (babies up to teenagers), there was...

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Self-Care Challenge - Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the Self-Care Challenge! How did the first week of making yourself and your needs a priority go?

I pray you resonated with some of the encouragers and were able to follow through so that your soul could be refreshed.

If you missed week 1, I encourage you to check out the first seven days of self-care!

Because I need self-care as much as you, I have been partaking in this challenge myself! After going through most of the encouragers, the one that resonated most with...

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