What God has been teaching me

Every year comes with its own valleys and mountains, happy and sad surprises, bitter and sweet moments, open and closed doors, and highs and lows. And each valley, each mountain, each surprise, and each moment brings us unique lessons of its own. As Mel, one of my favorite bloggers put it so well once, I…

A time to give

I don’t know if anyone has ever told you that Christmas is not about the gifts, but if they did then they were lying. Christmas always was, Christmas always is, and Christmas will ALWAYS be about the gifts. It’s about a gift so grand that you would never be able to find it at the…

“Where I should be by now”

By now I should be…raising three children in my own house with my husband next to me. By now I should be… traveling the world and fulfilling my high school dreams. By now I should be… higher up in the chain in the world of business and using that fancy degree. By now I should…

Inspiration for the heart

“If you’re still waiting for it, it means you’re not yet ready for it. Waiting isn’t punishment, it’s preparation.” –Mandy Hale “God uses no one until He first puts them through the storm. The greater your mission, the greater your storm.” –John Hagee “Many people don’t get what they deserve because they’re too busy holding…

Idol of Social Media

Yesterday I discovered something that I had no idea could even be possible. Something that might bring you such profound revelation that you’ll have to rethink about how you live your entire life. Something you probably won’t believe. You might need to sit down for this: Here it is. You can survive a day without…

A faith that doesn’t falter

There’s something that has been nagging on my heart all week. Something that I don’t want to admit. Not to myself, and certainly not to others. It’s paradoxical and quite simple. I’m Christian and I’m not a believer. Those two things don’t belong in the same sentence together. But even though I wish I could…

Praising God in the storm

I’ve always wished that my life was perfect, pain-free, and easy. But that’s never guaranteed when you are Christian. God says that the path He calls us to walk is narrow, not wide. It’s not a path that many people will choose because it’s hard. It’s a path that leads you through valleys and storms.…

“God is holding out on me”

Can I be honest about something today? Sometimes I just don’t get God. I don’t get Him because He is Almighty and Sovereign. He has the power to do absolutely anything in the world. He can answer the prayer you have been praying for years in a millisecond and yet He doesn’t. He deliberately chooses…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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 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…

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…