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 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?

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

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

Need Hope? Crave Peace? Try This!

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!

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