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…

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.…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

{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…

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…