• 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…

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    A Surprising Way to Cultivate Gratitude

    It’s Thanksgiving–a celebration of joy, gratitude, family, and delicious food. And while I plan on spending time with loved ones and going into a turkey coma, I can’t help but think of those who are overlooked this season. You see, I know a woman whose teenage son died last weekend. Her heart is broken. I also know a family whose father is slowly dying of cancer. Their spirits are weary. Where is the Thanksgiving turkey for these people? Most of the time we struggle to find gratitude in our everyday lives (myself included). How does remembering these hurting souls help us in cultivating a heart of gratitude? The Calling The…

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    Being Thankful During Hard Times

    There are a lot of things to be grateful for in life, but sometimes it’s hard to be glad if you are struggling. Right now I’m going through a lot of change in my life–both good and difficult. That’s life. There’s change and loss. I’m just being real. I want you to know that it’s possible to be a thankful Christian even when life gets tough.  Emotions aren’t singular; at times it can seem like they overwhelm us.  We can be a whole rainbow of emotions on any given day, and that’s okay. That’s also  good news for those of us who may be sad or stressed this year, but…

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    Crushed Velvet + Thanksgiving Blues

    Happy Friday lovely readers and followers!  Thanksgiving is next week here in America. I can’t wait for all of the turkey, cranberry sauce, and potatoes (#foodieproblems)! I will say that this year feels so much…heavier. This is the first Holiday season that my Grandma Jean won’t be here. Someone who was such a staple at all of the family events is now in heaven. I know her spirit is still here, but I can’t see her or hear her voice. She won’t be able to enjoy the holiday decorations or watch me open up gifts. I’m sorry if I’m making any of you sad. I know all of us must go…

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    Turkey, Family, and An Engagement?!

    Hello my dear readers and followers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I surely did! The two people in the photo above are my brother Ben and his beautiful new fiance, Kayla…right after he proposed to her! That’s right–the night before Thanksgiving we took Ben and Kayla (who came from out of state) downtown where he proposed to her. I was honored enough to get it on video. Congrats big brother! The next day was Thanksgiving, and we surely did have a lot of food! I am very thankful that I’ve never gone hungry in my life, and that my mom taught me how to cook like her!…