• 3 Christian Dating Rules to Break
    dating,  Marriage,  relationships

    3 Christian Dating Rules to Break

    Relationship advice is everywhere–even for the Christian girl. Whether it’s a book, blog post, or podcast, we have access to loads of info on how to rock a relationship or find “the one.” Most of the time the advice is offered in good faith. There are many helpful tips on dating and marriage–and there are some pretty terrible ones as well.  But what about the advice that seems legit, but might actually do more harm than good? What about the dating rules that sound Godly, but if taken too far can actually be harmful?  I want to tackle three common rules of Christian dating that should be challenged. None of…

  • How Do We Begin Again?
    Jesus,  life,  love

    How Do We Begin Again?

    Where to begin?  Isn’t that everyone’s question right now?  Maybe we’re not asking the right question. Maybe the appropriate question is how do we begin again? I find it funny that the longer I walk with Jesus, the more complicated life can get.  Beautiful. Tragic. Life.  “I’ve never seen anything like this.” My parents echoed this quote during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it still rings true today.  Sickness. Disaster. Division. Racism. Violence. Hatred. Lawlessness.  The symptoms of the fall of man are flaring, and the earth is groaning for a Savior.   People are walking around with all kinds of hurt. My black brothers and sisters are fighting…

  • 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. …