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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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