arranged marriage, marriage by God, waiting on God

Waiting on my love story

I know this seems old-fashion and outdated in today’s culture. And quite honestly, the idea of it scares me just a bit. But with much prayer and thought I have finally made my decision. I am going to have a prearranged marriage. Before you think I have fallen off the deep end let me explain…

peace, don't worry, trust God,

The antidote to worry

Here are the benefits of worrying: 1. ____________________________________________ 2.____________________________________________ 3.____________________________________________ Yep, there are none. And yet how often do we toss and turn all night because of worry? How often do we create the worst of scenarios in our heads of what tomorrow might bring only to realize that it’s unlikely it will really come…

VICTIM MENTALITY, OVERCOMING VICTIM MENTALITY,

Moving past your pain

We have all been a victim of something in our lives. A victim of hateful words. A victim of painful circumstances. A victim of physical, mental, or emotional abuse. That abuse may have happened one time and once it happened everything in your world changed. Sometimes that abuse happens for weeks, for months, and for…

season, don't waste your season, life seasons, seasons with God, embrace your season

Making the most of today

Sometimes I think we live in such a hurry to start a new season in our life that we make the mistake of missing out on the one we find ourselves in right now. We enter into fall and already start dreaming of Christmas and snow. We begin spring and start wondering what we’re going…

appreciate others, tell people you love them,

A love that goes a long way

One of the saddest things in this world is that we wait to tell people how much they mean to us until it’s already too late. When we are standing at their graveside, not when we are sitting across from them face to face. What do those words of love mean to them when they…

imperfect life, putting down your mask, being transparent with people,

When you are broken inside

I used to admire people who always appeared strong. People who always seemed to have their life figured out. People who never had a bad day or something that didn’t go their way. These people had no imperfections and no mistakes. Even their clothes and hair was never out of place. I would place them…

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Living out your faith authentically

Anyone can show up to church on Sunday morning, raise their hands during worship, and say all of the right “churchy” phrases. Anyone can grab a microphone and share a message on stage about what living for Christ looks like. Anyone can post inspirational quotes and Bible verses on their social media feeds about God.…

words to live by, Christian quotes, daughter by design,

Inspiration for the heart

“Your worship is the most meaningful when it’s the most painful.” -Levi Lusko “In some seasons, Jesus asks us, “Will you still love Me when things are not happening the way that you thought they would happen?” -Mike Bickle “Be the same person privately, publicly, and personally.” –Judah Smith  “Technology is not a bad thing…

when you feel unwanted, when you feel unloved, loved by God, feeling unloved, feeling unwanted

Ignored, unloved, and not wanted

She knew that he never chose to be with her and yet every morning she woke up dreaming and praying that maybe he would love her the way that she loved him. She longed for him to look her deep in the eyes and call her beautiful. She wished late at night he would choose…

hope, trust Jesus, trust God, testimony of healing,

Trusting God in the Battle

“You have cancer.” “You are going to lose the house.” “Today is your last day at the job, we are letting you go.” “I don’t love you anymore.” And just like that you go from being healthy to lying on a hospital bed. To looking for a place for your family to sleep at night.…

critical christian

Praying (instead of pointing fingers)

I am a Christian. I criticize my sister and brother in Christ anytime I see them straying off the path I think is right. I make sure to point out the wrongs and flaws in people every chance that I get. And if I can’t criticize them to their face then I just do it…

hold on, trust God,

Waiting for your good ending

Growing up I used to think that being blessed by God meant that life would always be good, that my prayers would always get answered just the way I wanted them to, and that I wouldn’t have a care in the world. Boy was I wrong. Because sometimes the greatest blessings in our lives don’t…

faith, facing your fears, daughter by design, trust God,

When you feel afraid

Fear. It’s what kept the Israelites walking around in circles when they were destined for the Promised Land. It’s what made Peter start drowning when he should have kept on walking on water. It’s what causes dreams to be left unfulfilled and buried with talented, gifted, and skilled women and men all around the world.…

trusting God, valley

When life brings you to your knees

When I thought about taking a month off to escape the busyness of the world and seek Christ more I envisioned myself having sweet times of fellowship with Jesus one-on-one with no distractions. I thought I would dig deep into His Word to draw nearer to Him and get more insight, more direction, and more…

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“I’m busy…always”

Sometimes I think a full schedule of things to do is one of the enemy’s sneakiest tricks into living an unfulfilled life. Our planners full of meetings to attend, people to meet, and events to participate in may make us feel like we are doing something worthwhile and important but often times those things that…

words to live by, 1

Inspiration for the heart

“To step into tomorrow’s possibilities you must let go of yesterday’s realities. Be careful of your choices between what was, is and will be. It is very hard to fully step into your destiny while you are still holding on to your history.” -Christine Caine  “Anyone can worship God in good times. But the real…

FUTURE HUSBAND, DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND

From my heart to yours

I told myself that I would never write you a letter. Certainly not publicly. But then again, I also told myself I’d be married with three kids by now and obviously that’s not working out that well for me. ;) Of course, I would rather much talk to you over some ice-cream as we watch…

letting go, 1

A lesson from Lot’s wife

She had a purpose and she had a destiny. To start over fresh with her family in a new land with God. To be a mother and a wife. But she threw it all away with one single glance. One glance behind her into the past. And because of that one glance her plans were…

TRUE BEAUTY, GIRLS, BEAUTIFUL

The reflection in the mirror

The ideal woman: 5’5, weighs 100 pounds, wears a size 5, has flawless skin, beautiful long hair, and a hot new outfit every day… oh… and let’s not forget the Brad Pitt look alike that’s always by her side. Who is this girl you might ask? You guessed it! The one and only doll that…

fathers

To all the the fathers out there

You have one of the greatest privileges that this world has to offer: the opportunity to raise a son or a daughter. The time to speak into their lives and hearts during their growing years. The ability to mold them and encourage them into becoming everything Christ calls them to be. And as someone who…

hope 2

When hard times come

Sometimes life is like the weather: unpredictable. You wake up expecting sunshine but what you get is rain. You expect the healing to come… but the illness rages on. You expect the job offer… and instead get the rejection call. You expect the relationship to work out… but instead you get a good-bye You expect…

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Why I want to give up blogging

I  have a confession to make. I planned on giving up on this whole blogging thing last week. And the week before that. And probably every week before that one as well. See when I started blogging I didn’t realize something very important: it isn’t for the faint of heart. Many exceptional bloggers have one…

content

Turning your complaints into content

It’s easy to count our blessings when the sun is shining and the birds are singing and everything is falling into place just right. It’s a different story when you’re in the middle of the storm, your friends aren’t around you, and your plan is falling apart. But God calls each one of us to…

dear past, letter to past

A good-bye letter

You like to remind me of my failures and my shortcomings. You like to bring back memories of pain long buried away. You like to predict my future and tell me I don’t have anything to look forward to and that nothing will ever change. You like to interrupt my day and stop me dead…

eve, wanting more

Cultivating a grateful heart

We like to point our finger at her and judge her. We like to criticize her for her lack of self-control and desire. We like try to rationalize why the first woman who God created with His very own hands, the one who had it all could possibly betray Him by not restraining herself to…

CHANGE THE WORLD, MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How you can make a difference

When I was a little girl I wanted to change the world. I wanted to make a difference that would impact lives and last for all of eternity. In my mind that meant serving God overseas and reaching thousands of people. And it took me going a mission trip to Ukraine at fourteen years old…

not giving up, running the good race

Getting past your heartbreak hill

Sometimes I wonder… What would have happened if Mother Theresa gave up helping abandoned little children because she felt powerless to help all the orphans in the world? What would have happened if Paul gave up preaching because he was thrown into prison, beaten, and spoken against more times than he could count? What would…

worship

A lifestyle of praise

I used to think worship was just the thirty minute part of Sunday morning church service when we sing. That all it took for me to worship was to repeat the words that I saw on the screen. And that I was done with “worship” when I stepped out of the doors of my church…

BAGGAGE

“I don’t want to be like my dad”

Yesterday was father’s day and for some people it was a day filled with joy as they celebrated their fathers and remembered the many ways they had influenced and blessed their lives. For me personally, I was blessed with an incredible dad who taught me more than just how to ride my bike but how…

divine detours, waiting on God, trust God

When God says “Not Yet”

You had it all planned out perfectly from when you were a young teen. Where you would live, what you would do, who you would be. The moment you stepped off the podium of your college graduation you were ready to face the real world. To accomplish your dreams. To travel the world. To start…