2020 Outstanding Blogger Award

Purple Rose from Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter awarded me the Outstanding Blogger Award! Thank you so much, Purple Rose. I can’t tell you how encouraged I was to see this, but as a fellow blogger, I know you totally get it! ❤  If you’re not following her, please do! You can also check out her award … Continue reading 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award

40 Days of Transformation, Complete!

We. Made. It! My goal was to post 40 prayer journal prompts in 40 days, and friend, today is Day 40!!  If you stuck with me through the whole journey, we’ve done a ton of introspection and reflection and learned a lot about ourselves, God, and his love for us. Now it's time to look … Continue reading 40 Days of Transformation, Complete!

How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 2)

Yesterday, we let go of the lies that keep us from finding our truth and purpose in God. Today, we embrace the fullness of who the Lord created us to be!  Please know, this is a tricky subject and I want to present it in a way that doesn’t leave room for misunderstanding, so I’ll … Continue reading How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 2)

Learning to accept kindness from others

As women and Christians, we sometimes believe we have to live in a state of false humility and poo poo away any acknowledgment of our gifts, or even simple compliments.  Ever done this before? Friend: You look really nice today! You: Oh, it’s nice of you to say that, but I couldn’t get my hair … Continue reading Learning to accept kindness from others

How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 1)

Wasn’t yesterday’s post about facing fears and finding joy juicy? If you haven’t read it yet, check it out because we’ll take those concepts even further in the nest two posts. Our goal is to let go of the labels we use to define our lives, recognize the labels as the lies they are, start … Continue reading How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 1)

The God of the Universe is Always With You

We’ve done a lot of in-depth journaling over the last 35 days. Today is a free day. Bust out a journal and pray for everything that is on your heart. Lift up prayers for other people and for your own life. Give God your praises, worries, hopes, fears, peace-creating, and anxiety-provoking situations. Whatever it is, … Continue reading The God of the Universe is Always With You

Why Disappointment is Important for Growth

I spent a lot of time in my life avoiding discomfort and the dreaded “disappointment.” I was wrong. I realize now I’m disappointed by the lack of disappointment - because it means I didn’t try all the things I should have. I can only imagine where life would be if I were willing to put … Continue reading Why Disappointment is Important for Growth

Why You Don’t Have to Be Perfect To Be Loved

Do you have perfection paralysis? I know it's plagued me throughout my life. Perfectionism often derails us from our purpose because we often refuse to move forward unless perfection and success are guaranteed, and they never are. So we get stuck.  Fortunately, we have a heavenly father who doesn’t expect or even want us to … Continue reading Why You Don’t Have to Be Perfect To Be Loved

Stop Letting “Should” Paralyze You!

Our to-do lists are often too lengthy for the papers we jot them on to contain all the items. How does this happen? It’s because we tend to feel like we should do things, simply because we’re capable of doing them. This is wrong.  God gave us the abilities he wants us to use to … Continue reading Stop Letting “Should” Paralyze You!

Stuck in a rut? Here’s how to get out.

Whenever we feel down about an ongoing situation, it’s easy to wave the white flag, sit back, and admit defeat. But we don’t have to accept that - at least not according to Marie Forleo, and I believe her! I LOVE Marie's “Everything Is Figureoutable” philosophy and her book by the same name is fabulous! … Continue reading Stuck in a rut? Here’s how to get out.

The Surprising Impact of Your Focus

Are the messages you surround yourself with positive, uplifting, faith-based, and hopeful? Or, are they negative, anxiety-provoking, or fear-inducing? How do you feel at the end of the day? If you want to change your state, start monitoring what you're taking in. What you listen to affects you. Changing your input changes your internal condition … Continue reading The Surprising Impact of Your Focus

How to “Be the change you wish to see”

I don’t believe anyone is happy with the state of the world right now. We all know things need to change - but so many people are mixed up on how to improve it. One thing is clear, though: The world desperately needs to change. People are rightfully demanding justice for the oppressed, and their responses … Continue reading How to “Be the change you wish to see”

Words of Comfort for When You Need Hope

God’s words are better than anything I could ever write. The Bible is a living, breathing document that the Lord will use to comfort you when you need it most - even more than Grandma’s famous cookies. Passages take on new meaning every time you read them. You can read an oldie-but-goodie and discover a new … Continue reading Words of Comfort for When You Need Hope

How To Make Time For God

In your daily life, is it easy to focus on the things that really matter to you, or do you find yourself getting distracted? Do your daily activities align with your priorities? These questions, their answers, and how you act on them can change your life.  The past several posts we’ve taken baby steps toward … Continue reading How To Make Time For God

One Simple Key to Unlock Joy and Life Balance

Need more balance in your life? Want more joy? Sister, you are not alone! We all do. Today’s post contains one simple trick to help you find both of those, and we'll do it by building upon what we already learned. In Day 25 we discussed our subconscious need to say yes and acknowledged how … Continue reading One Simple Key to Unlock Joy and Life Balance

The One Technique You Need To Say No Effectively

Yesterday's post discussed the tremendous impact saying "yes" to the wrong things has on our lives. Today's is exciting because we’re taking action to learn the fine art of saying a polite “no.” We'll even practice in our prayer journals, and we all know, practice makes perfect! Saying no is a skill anyone can learn. Once … Continue reading The One Technique You Need To Say No Effectively

Your Choices Matter: How to Make a Meaningful Yes

Do you find the word “yes” popping out of your mouth a little too easily? Yeah. Me, too. I’m getting over it, but to start the process, I had to examine my motives behind saying it.  The truth is, I want to make people happy. I want them to like me. I also feel like … Continue reading Your Choices Matter: How to Make a Meaningful Yes

How to Live Your Best Life in the “New Normal”

Quarantine is a gift. Yep, I said it. That was a scary sentence to write, and I know it flies in the face of popular opinion. Just hear me out. I'll make it worth you time, I love the way Chrystal Evans-Hurst put it in her recent interview with Christy Wright, when she said, “Quarantine … Continue reading How to Live Your Best Life in the “New Normal”

How to minimize the insanity of life after quarantine

Pre-quarantine, if someone asked, “Hey! How’ve you been?” was your knee-jerk response any of the following: “So busy!”“Keeping busy!”“You know us, there’s always so much going on!” “Always on the go!”Or something along those lines? If so, welcome to the unofficial support group, Busyholics Anonymous. This post is for you!  Today, we’re exploring the secondary gains, … Continue reading How to minimize the insanity of life after quarantine

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 22

Hello, friend! Welcome to your Day 22 journal prompt. If you’ve stuck with me this whole time, God bless your soul! Thank you and I love ya! If this is your first time reading, or it’s your first time back in a while, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here and I pray you enjoy it. … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 22

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 21

Welcome back, friend! This your Day 21 prayer journal prompt. I pray your prayer journaling experience is blowing your mind. Or relaxing it. Perhaps both... Either way, I sincerely hope it’s amazing for you! For me, it’s been a joyful journey into God’s grace and goodness. My prayer for you is that it brings you … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 21

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 20

Hey friends! I’m so excited you’re here! This your Day 20 prayer journal prompt. I hope you’re enjoying your journaling experience! For me, it’s been a joyful journey into God’s peace. My prayer for you is that it brings you hope, clarity, and healing, and that it connects you to Jesus’s love for you. If … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 20

Resources to refresh your soul (and finances)!

Hey friends! This blog is all about helping you overcome overwhelm and live in a state of peace, and joy, so I wanted to let you know about two awesome products I just discovered. They blew my mind in the best way! Ultimate Bundles is a faith-based company that compiles valuable resources on specific topics … Continue reading Resources to refresh your soul (and finances)!

Let’s Pray Together For Our World

There is so much going on in our world today. Right now, we’re overwhelmed by grief, hurt, fear, shock, sadness, desperation, anger, and strife. Our world is broken. It has been for a long time and it needs healing. It’s important to recognize that. It helps us see where we are so we know how to … Continue reading Let’s Pray Together For Our World

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 18

Here’s your Day 18 prayer journal prompt! I pray this prayer journaling journey is opening your eyes to God’s love, hope, peace, and joy. If this is your first time reading, or it’s your first time back in a while, welcome! We are doing 40 days of prayer journal prompts and I hope you’ll join … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 18

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 17

Here is your Day 17 prayer journal prompt. I pray you’re enjoying your journaling journey and having a ton of revelations from it. God is so good! If this is your first time reading, or it’s your first time back in a while, welcome! We’ve been doing 40 days of prayer journal prompts and I … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 17

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 16

Here is your Day 16 prayer journal prompt. I pray you’re enjoying your journaling journey and having a ton of revelations from it. God is so good! Just as an FYI, the prompts for Days 15-21 will be simpler posts because I’m a week to rest, rejuvenate, and focus on God and family. It would … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 16

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 15

My ultimate goal with the Overflowing Jesus Journal prompts is to post one each day for 40 days. With that being said, a lot of time, effort, and energy goes into each of these. I’m taking a week off from work and blogging to rest and rejuvenate, so I am going to schedule simpler posts … Continue reading Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 15

Want more love in your life? Read this!

Love isn't just a feeling. It's also a skill and a series of decisions. Read that again. Love isn't just a feeling. It's also a skill and a series of decisions. I am far from perfect, but I have improved my ability to love, especially as a mom and wife. I used to have what … Continue reading Want more love in your life? Read this!

Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day: Part 2

Yesterday, someone blessed me with thank you letter about the first post on embracing discomfort. When I responded, I had a huge A-HA! moment. I’ve missed out on so many blessings because I refused to expose myself to things that make me uncomfortable! The implications are astounding: Making memories with my kids: I refuse to … Continue reading Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day: Part 2

May The Fruit Be With You

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. I never understood the fruit of the spirit until I heard somewhere (and I wish I remembered where so I could give that person credit) the fruit … Continue reading May The Fruit Be With You

Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day

I took my first cold shower today. It was awful. Every millisecond felt like torture. I hate being cold. HATE it! Yes, I used the four-letter H-word we teach our kids not to say. However, it’s the only word that adequately describes my feelings about all things chilly. (Except ice cream. Can I get a … Continue reading Why You Should Make Yourself Uncomfortable Every Day

How to Make Your Life Overflow with Joy

Romans 15:13 NLT -  I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joy is one of the greatest gifts from heaven. Simply taking the time to focus on … Continue reading How to Make Your Life Overflow with Joy

Shift Your Focus to Kick Fear in the Butt

Have you ever let fear keep you from doing something God put in your heart? I know I have. I almost did with this blog. I recently taught a class where I overlooked the plethora of kind, positive comments I received and honed in on the only negative one. Of course, that’s the one I … Continue reading Shift Your Focus to Kick Fear in the Butt

How to Replace Fear with Hope

Fear: It’s literally a scary topic, but an important one. Some of life’s greatest turning points come from staring fear in the face and acknowledging it, and then recognizing your God is mightier than your worst fear could ever dream of being. Of course, we get scared of the obvious: rejection, failure, bad things happening, … Continue reading How to Replace Fear with Hope

God, Yourself, or the World: Who do you believe?

Sister, you were created in God’s image. Yes, you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He doesn’t have off days. God himself, the maker of the universe and its infinite stars, carefully planned for you. He shaped, molded, and designed you specifically and purposefully, with his own mighty hands. He considered every … Continue reading God, Yourself, or the World: Who do you believe?

How Does Self-Kindness Make You a Better Person?

Why is it so hard to love yourself? I’m not talking about selfish, worldly love. I’m talking about true, unconditional love, where you show yourself grace and mercy. The kind where your self-talk is compassionate and understanding when you make a mistake.  Why is it so much easier to say kind, uplifting words to a … Continue reading How Does Self-Kindness Make You a Better Person?

Focus on Excellence to Live an Excellent Life

We moved into our house a few years ago and the former residents had completely different taste in landscaping than we do. They liked traditional flowers and foliage, like white daisies, tall grasses, and hostas. We prefer wild, colorful, and tropical looking plants, like huge hibiscus, multi-colored clematis, and vibrant tiger lilies.  We replanted everything, … Continue reading Focus on Excellence to Live an Excellent Life

Basking in the Beauty of God’s Love

Imagine the greatest instance of heart-bursting love you’ve ever experienced. Recreate that moment in your mind with as much detail as you can. Were you on the giving end, receiving end, or both? Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? What led up to that moment. How did it make you … Continue reading Basking in the Beauty of God’s Love

ALL THINGS Work For Your Good.

Sometimes, it's impossible to see how any good can come from a situation. I share this with the hope it helps you find God's peace, even in the darkest moments. #GodisGood #OverflowingJesusJournal #OverflowingWoman

You Are Covered With His Feathers – Day 2

How are you feeling today?  Calm? Distraught? Joyful? Anxious? Courageous? Fearful? Grounded? Uprooted?  Frustrated? Peaceful? Something else altogether?  Now, more than ever, it’s so easy to get distracted by the concerns of the world and the feelings our circumstances inspire, that we can forget we have an almighty Father who loves us. However, our feelings … Continue reading You Are Covered With His Feathers – Day 2

Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This! – Day 1

A while ago, wonderful friend of mine who tends to remain spiritually grounded no matter what storms rage around her, mentioned she keeps a prayer journal. The conversation instantly meandered away from the topic, but her words struck a chord me. I started mine shortly after and WOW! It felt like God lifted the weight … Continue reading Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This! – Day 1

An Easy, Unique Technique to Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety... It’s a constant companion for many of us. The word itself makes us anxious. Combine it with worry and fear, as we often do, and you end up with a crushing burden that no one can bear alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Read on to learn a quick way to release your worries and fears. Feel free to share! #overflowingwoman #inthistogether #notalone #Godisgood

What Seeds Are You Planting?

Have you ever thought about the types of seeds you’re planting in people’s lives? We’re always planting them. Good or bad, fruitful or diseased, we sprinkle them everywhere we go, around every person we meet. We might even toss out different types of seeds on different days, depending on our mood, mindset, heart, or life … Continue reading What Seeds Are You Planting?

Choose the Miracle

We all pray for miracles, while simultaneously asking God to remove us from any situation that would require a miracle. - Priscilla Shirer, "Give Your Gifts to God." We are living through a historic crisis - one that requires a miracle. I love how well Priscilla’s quote, above, reflects our current state and the opportunity … Continue reading Choose the Miracle

Time to Reset

No matter who you are, this is a scary time to be a human - especially if you keep your focus on the world and what’s going on in it. It doesn’t have to be though. God is giving us a great opportunity to reset our priorities and transform our lives. Joshua 1:9 ESVHave I … Continue reading Time to Reset

Perfectionism: The Enemy of the Joyful Soul

Hi. My name is Julie, and I’m a perfectionist. [Hi, Julie.] Perfectionism is a condition I may never overcome, but I am in recovery. I slip on occasion, but I’m getting better, one day at a time. My triggers are the same as any other addict: stress, the need to belong, feelings of inadequacy, old … Continue reading Perfectionism: The Enemy of the Joyful Soul

Maintaining Your Joy in the Holiday Chaos

In the spirit of keepin’ it real, I’ve struggled this week. I’m working overtime at my day job and part-time on Overflowing Woman. Winter sports and endless holiday obligations are happening, and we just threw my baby girl’s birthday party. Somehow, I still have to connect with God, husband, friends, and survive the holiday craziness, … Continue reading Maintaining Your Joy in the Holiday Chaos