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?

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

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!

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?

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

A New Spin on Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays because I’ve experienced the life-changing power of gratitude firsthand. Thankfulness is a year-round practice for my family - we even named our nightly family prayer sessions, “Thankful Time.” Every night, we gather together and pray, saying thanks to God for our blessings, recognizing we appreciate about … Continue reading A New Spin on Thankfulness

The World Needs Your Talents

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” – Matthew 25:21 ESV Most of are familiar with the Parable of the Talents, but we’re going to explore it from a new angle … Continue reading The World Needs Your Talents