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…

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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…

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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…

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When love walks away

Image via.You’ve already planned all the details to your “big day” in your head. From the dress to the colors to the decoration. As the date draws closer you get more and more excited for the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life to finally arrive. The day you marry the man you love…

WORDS OF WISDOM

{Insight for the heart}

“Never give up. Ugly endings can lead to beautiful beginnings” –Bianca Juarez Olthoff “Anyone can stay true to your face, it’s the people who stay true behind your back that really count.” -Nicky Gumbell “If you are not currently living a life on mission, you have no business going to another country for a mission…

EMPTY

Finding strength on your knees

As physical beings we need to eat multiple meals a day just to stay nourished and strong to survive. Skipping meals for a few days is unheard of because you know it will only leave you weak and tired and unprepared to face the day. As spiritual beings we need to eat “meals” of God’s…

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

“My life is meaningless”

I’m not going to lie, I can read thousands of inspirational quotes about living life to the fullest, I can read one book after another about what habits I need to build to fulfill my dreams, I can go to church three times a week and hear one message after another about the purpose of…

ALONE

At a dead end

These last few weeks of my life it seems like God had only one agenda on His mind: take me through some of the toughest “courses” in His handbook. Patience 101. Faith 200. Trials 401. Humility 302. Perseverance 203. Why I’ve been going through these courses, I haven’t quite figured out yet. I don’t remember…

DIGITAL WORLD

To facebook or not to facebook?

Ten years ago in order to know what was going on in a loved one’s life you would get together for dinner with them or call them on the phone…now you can just log onto facebook, instagram, or twitter. Ten years ago you could enjoy the food you were eating, the scenery you were looking…

WALKING IN FAITH

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

It was faith that brought Isaac into Abraham’s arms. Faith that kept Peter up when he walked on water. Faith that helped Moses lead the Israelites across the Red Sea. Faith that healed the blind man calling out to Jesus and faith that restored the health of the bleeding women. Faith that caused the walls…

down to nothing

A God that always provides

You finally filled out your monthly bills and as you look at your bank account your stomach start churning as you realize you are down to pennies now. You lost your job a few months ago and you’ve been searching for a new job every day. Sending your resume out by the dozens. And yet…

PART-TIME CHRISTIAN

Giving God 99% of Me

Sometime I wonder… If you take away the bumper sticker on your car that says “Jesus Loves you”, if you take away the t-shirt you are wearing with a catchy Christian phrase on it, if you take away the cross hanging around your neck… would people see Jesus in you? From the very beginning of…

Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31 Woman, proverbs 31 girl

The “Perfect” Woman

I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her. She’s the woman who has it all together. The woman who rises early to prepare for the day. The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need. The woman who takes care of her…

true joy

Counterfeit happiness

If marriage is what makes you ultimately happy then there would be no divorces in the world. If drugs or alcohol is what makes you happy then there would be no rehab centers to heal destroyed lives of people around the world. If fame is what makes you happy then there wouldn’t be headline stories…

WHEN LIFE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE

God, Why?

Questions. They began from the moment that we find the words to say them. About why the sky is blue, how you can grow tall, and what makes the world go round. Questions about the world we see with our eyes, the people around us, and the life that we live. And for the most…

Jesus love,

God’s Definition of Love

Love. It has been sung about by popular music artists of all genres for many decades and I’m sure many more decades to come. It has been endlessly written about by famous authors who with words attempt to depict its complex significance. It is talked about by people on a regular basis as they attempt to…

DEFINED BY CHRIST

What defines you?

Often times we allow everything in the world but Christ define who we are. We allow our scars to define us; our pasts to define us; our background to define us; our self-esteem to define us; our bank account, home, and status to define us; our failures to define us; our self-image to define us;…

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Some friendships aren’t forever

Image via.It’s amazing how a total stranger can walk into your life and within a week, a month, or a year you couldn’t imagine living a day without them in it. And then it’s just as amazing that a friendship that took a decade to build can just crumble and never be the same and…

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Walking a lonely road

A desert is a dry, barren, isolated, and uncomfortable place. A place where there is nothing but the hot sun shining above you and the warm sand underneath your feet and not a single person around. It’s a place where you get thirsty easily and you have limited resources with you. It’s a place that…

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{Life Thoughts}

“Until we care more about what God thinks than what other people think we are never truly free” -Christine Caine “Some of the most beautiful futures are built from the rubble of the most broken pasts.” -Mandy Hale “God doesn’t expect us to understand; He just expects us to obey. Sometimes understanding comes after we…