There are many girls at war with themselves. Many women also. There are females in this world that are not just struggling but viciously fighting with themselves and the world to embrace their beauty. They are fiercely fighting to cling to their identity, to find purpose, to accept contentment with who they are, and to grow based on all of that.Read More
I have been doing a few studies lately and they have divinely all been about the love of God. In this time of life, it is definitely God's hand. I tend to struggle with insecurities focused on identity. And God's love is the truth I have to cling to in order to combat that. In reflection of my last few lessons here is just a little something God laid on my heart.Read More
Several weeks ago my metaphorical light bulb came on regarding love. It sounds kinda funny and even silly to say, but for the first time in 26 years my brain really connected the phrase with its deeper meaning; unconditional love. I honestly do not remember what triggered it and the more I think back on it, the fuzzier it is. It might have been a book I was reading, or it may have been in my Dave Ramsey class - maybe it was in my Dave Ramsey book, I do not remember! - but it hit me. Somehow I am thinking it was actually a Bible lesson though that was talking about John and Peter in John 20. Regardless, the start of it was along the lines God not loving anyone more or less based on their action or inaction. Again, it sounds elementary but something in my brain seriously clicked. "Unconditional love" was the pat phrase that came to mind but I instantly connected to something deeper that helped me to realize what that means; a love with no degrees!
"We are not being destroyed by the election of our president, we are being destroyed by the schisms of our flesh," was my first thought.Read More
The advent of Christmas is never something I have really gotten into. Yes, I have counted down the days to Christmas - but mostly just with a paper chain. When I was younger I did also have one of those calendars with the chocolate inside, but if we are honest, I cheated. . .I ate more than one chocolate per day. In recent years however, I have been hearing more people talking about advent books and studies. This year I was out on Black Friday and I saw a book at LifeWay for just $5. It is Louie Giglio's Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope. So, I decided to give it a go. Thus far, I have absolutely loved the simple challenges everyday.Read More
This is rather difficult to write. My heart is heavy and my mind is full. This election has tainted the moods of every American in one way or another. There is unrest and anger and hurt and fear. Politics are such a loaded topic. Writing about them, expressing an opinion regarding them can be terrifying. People seem to lose all tact, reason, and kindness during these months. But I pray that the outpouring of my heart will not be misunderstood as hate speech, nor as an easing of conscience, nor even as a farce or glossing over of real trials. Rather, I pray that these words will be as much of a challenge to anyone that reads them as they have been to me.Read More
There are seasons in life which will be difficult. Some of the difficulty of these seasons are multiplied by the unexpected nature with which they come. Over the past month, I have been convicted in the area of prayer. Initially, this conviction was spurred by my prayers for a young 5 year old boy fighting against leukemia. . .for the second time in his young life.Read More