• 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…

  • Hospitality-An Overlooked Ministry
    friendship,  hospitality,  relationships,  Single life

    Hospitality–An Overlooked Ministry

    As a newly married couple, my husband and I love having people over for food, games, talking, and prayer. Although hospitality comes naturally to my husband (who comes from a big family), this is something I’m learning to be intentional about. But why? Isn’t hospitality a southern term or something that only applies to housewives with perfectly decorated homes? Actually, hospitality goes far beyond the appearance of one’s home. This practice is for every believer–whether single or married. You don’t have to own a fancy house or expensive china to be hospitable. In fact, you can practice hospitality anywhere! Let’s dive into this often overlooked ministry and why it’s crucial…

  • What a Disney Princess Taught Me About Faith
    Disney,  faith,  Jesus

    What a Disney Princess Taught Me About Faith

    Am I the only one who’s so excited for all of these new Disney live-action movies? I absolutely loved Aladdin and the Cinderella remake that came out a few years ago. But the Disney remake I am most excited for (and nervous about, to be honest) is The Little Mermaid. Ariel has always been one of my favorite princesses, but for all of these years I never really questioned why. Then one day a dear friend and I discussed Disney princesses and the influence they hold over children. She pointed out that Ariel was quite flawed. I mean, she’s a 16 year old mermaid who trades her voice and basically…

  • Uninvited By Beckie Lindsey--A Book Review
    body image,  book reviews,  faith,  friendship

    Uninvited By Beckie Lindsey–A Book Review

    Sometimes we read books that touch our lives in a thoughtful or emotional way . Then there are books that really transform us; books that become a part of our souls and influence how we view the world.  Beauties from Ashes, a young adult book series by fellow blogger and author Beckie Lindsey, has transformed my way of thinking about prayer and spiritual warfare.  I’ve already reviewed book one, Secrets, here. And now I’d like to share my thoughts on book two, Uninvited.  Faith Meets Fiction   I bought a hard copy of Uninvited not only because I love the feeling of holding an actual book in my hands, but because…