• 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…

  • The Promise of His Presence
    inspiration,  Jesus,  life

    The Promise of His Presence

    Why is it that you can seem to have everything, and yet feel so empty and alone? This world promises us happiness and fulfillment in so many ways: money, relationships, jobs, new experiences–the list goes on. The Hollow Promise  But what happens when that’s not enough? What about that hollow feeling? The one tugging at you, making you work until your knuckles bleed, so you can forget that it’s there. The hollowness that leaks out as tears as you lie awake in bed at night. The hollow feeling that makes people cut, starve, and lash out at others? This post isn’t pretty, but it’s real and raw. Because I’ve been…

  • 3 Ways Gratitude Will Change Your Life
    inspiration,  thanksgiving

    3 Ways Gratitude Will Change Your Life

    I used to keep a detailed gratitude journal. I challenged myself to write at least 5 things a day that I was thankful for–even on the toughest days. Although this might seem like a cute positive thinking exercise, there is so much more to a lifestyle of gratitude. I found that even on my worst days when having a chronic illness made me bedridden or when I felt the heavy weight of being single press in on me, I could still choose gratitude. Gratitude not only changes our thinking; it transforms our whole lives. Here are 3 ways practicing gratitude has transformed my life and faith. Re-tracing God’s Faithfulness When…