• body image,  confidence,  inspiration

    When Self-Love is Not Enough

    Almost every time I browse through Instagram, I see a cute post from an influencer with some catchy self-love motto. Sound familiar? Even I’ve posted them before, so it’s totally relatable. I’ve actually written a prior post on self-love and how true love must be rooted in Christ for us to gain confidence in who we are. But what if some of these self-love affirmations and teachings actually aren’t Biblical? While they may sound cute and can encourage us at times when we have low confidence, they are often rooted in pride. I’m not saying that all girls on social media or blog sites dedicated to self-love are prideful or…

  • Where's Our Savior?
    Easter,  inspiration,  the Gospel

    Where’s Our Savior?

    This was not my plan for Good Friday. And this was definitely not my plan for Easter. How many of us are saying this right now? We wish we could go to church, buy a new Easter dress, and have dinner with family and friends. Egg hunts are cancelled and many of us are left in a daze. Is this really happening? When the corona virus first hit my state, my husband and I just arrived home from vacation. We thought we were returning to normal, but in fact, everything had changed.  I started working from home and Owen’s classes moved to an online format. We went from visiting with…

  • How to Reach Out to the Heart of God
    inspiration,  love,  relationships

    How to Reach Out to the Heart of God

    I was not excited when my husband and I went with two of our closest friends to see the new movie adaptation of Cats.  Although I do enjoy musicals, I’d rather see a live show than a movie (except for maybe High School Musical…Go Wild Cats!). And let’s be honest, Cats is CREEPY.  The costumes, sultry CGI movements, and don’t get me started on the odd plot about cat sacrifice.  If you love Cats, I’m sorry if I’ve offended you. I actually did find redeeming qualities to this film that struck me deep. Even beyond the incredible ballet dancing and Jennifer Hudson’s ballad was a theme often overlooked in modern…

  • 4 Ways to Stay Motivated in the New Year
    inspiration,  New Year's,  purpose

    4 Ways to Stay Motivated in the New Year

    If you’re reading this post, that means you have made it through the first week of 2020! And my hope and prayer is that the last week was full of hope and expectation of the year to come.  To be honest, I’ve never been one to set a lot of goals in the New Year. Although I’m naturally a more positive, hopeful person, sometimes I feel let down by the countless stories of failed resolutions. Maybe it’s the new decade or the prompting of the Holy Spirit for a fresh outpouring of hope, but this year I have set goals for my personal life, marriage, blog, spiritual life, and work. …

  • Why Your Life Matters
    Christmas,  inspiration,  pro life,  purpose

    Why Your Life Matters

    The Miracle of Life Christmas is probably my favorite holiday–right after Easter of course. It’s a time of giving, delicious food, and time with family and friends. But more importantly, it’s about celebrating Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came as a baby to save us from our sins. When I think about Christmas and how we celebrate the virgin birth of Christ, I am reminded of the fact that it was sort of a miracle I was born. My mom was unmarried, pregnant with her third child, in poverty, and suffering health issues from carrying me. Not to mention, she was almost 40 years old! Many close friends…