Where Dreams Go to Rest (#EverydayJesus LinkUp)

Where Dreams Go to Rest

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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I am a dreamer.

Not la-dee-da-head-in-the-clouds unfocused dreamer, but a dreamer that loves envisioning new milestones in life and accomplishing goals.

I love the feeling of flying high when I reach a seemingly impossible dream. You know the feeling. On-top-of-the-world-shout-it-from-the-rooftops kind of joy.

Dreaming is fun. Encouraging. Uplifting. And if our dreams bring glory to God (which most of them should), dreaming is a holy experience.

We might think that when we fall short of our dreams that it is a completely heartbreaking, negative experience.

But believe it or not, not reaching our dreams can also be a holy experience. [Read more...]

More than A Motto

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You might have noticed that in this current season,  Wednesdays are my days to work toward some super-awesome God-sized dreams. So here is a blast from the past straight from the archives. Enjoy, dear friends… and thanks for the grace. 

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It’s Pop Quiz Wednesday! (Wait, don’t go… this will be easy, I promise.)

Quick… Name the company that goes with the following mottos/slogans:

1. “Just Do It.”

2. “Finger lickin’ Good.”

3. “It’s Everywhere you want to be.”

 4. “Can you hear me now?”

5. “I’m loving it.”

Got your answers? [Read more...]

Freedom from Pornography: #PureEyesCleanHeart Giveaway

Key Surrender

We live in a world of very mixed messages. Sometimes it is hard to keep all of those messages straight. Jesus says one thing. The world says another.

Unfortunately, some of those messages are accompanied by bondage.

Some messages take away our freedom.

Pornography is one. [Read more...]

Ever-Changing Grace (#Everyday Jesus Linkup)

Ever Changing Grace

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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If you have been a Christian for more than 33 seconds, you have probably sang and subsequently fallen in love with the song “Amazing Grace.”

And rightfully so. It is an incredible song. Wonderful lyrics, powerful truth and encouraging melody.

As daughters of Christ, we can and should be endlessly thankful for the Amazing Grace He bestows upon us.

But as an army wife, mama and minister, sometimes I beg Him for grace… specifically the kind that changes with my heart needs as the world around me changes.

Because CHANGE. IS. HARD. With the constant, never-ending changes that seem to come hand-in-hand with military life, I need many different kinds of grace. [Read more...]

Treasure Hunting

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You might have noticed that in this current season,  Wednesdays are my days to work toward some super-awesome God-sized dreams. So here is a blast from the past straight from the archives. Enjoy, dear friends… and thanks for the grace. 

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Treasure Chest1We were on a mission.

We had changed into our “play clothes.” We had our plastic shovel and bucket in hand. Time to get down to serious business.

We were going treasure hunting.

“Treasure hunting” was one of my sister and I’s favorite activities when we were younger. In fact, it ranks right up there with tormenting each other. Specifically: me convincing her that the flower blooms on our bushes where actually “wild broccoli,” thus she should consume them for nutritional reasons, as well as daring her lick the frozen iron handrail on the front porch as the school bus came down the driveway. (Both instances resulted in the first two times I got grounded. Ah, memories.) [Read more...]

Through the Thorns (And Past the Spiders)

Thorns and Spiders

This just in…

Life is not easy.

Ok, that statement is far from a breaking story. If you have been on earth for more than 6 minutes, you have probably lived this truth first hand.

We live in a fallen world that involves pain, suffering, unanswered questions, and some downright sorrowful moments.

But here’s the thing: Although we live in a messy, gross, sinful world, it is GOD’S world. And His world is what I like to call a Romans 8:28 world.

“God works all things for good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose.” [Read more...]

Fall Promises (Printable & #EverydayJesus Linkup)

Fall Promises

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

PS: Just wanted to let you know that there is a giveaway in progress over here. Giving away two copies of my friend Amy’s book, “When More is Not Enough.” Super easy entries, so don’t miss out.

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Take a deep breath in through the nose. What do you smell?

Cool mornings? Fallen leaves? Pumpkin-spice everything?

Tis fall, my friends. Fall is a favorite season in our household.

But just because it is our favorite season doesn’t automatically mean it is an easy season.

Because finding Jesus in our everyday can still be a challenge, in ANY season.

We all go through different seasons, some in which Jesus is peeking around every corner and others when He seems to be on an extended vacation somewhere.

But we all know the truth. He is still there, even if we can’t see Him quite as clearly as we usually do.

I personally need a little tangible reminder of His promises and encouragement every now and then. [Read more...]

5 Steps of Personal Growth

Tall Grass

Tall GrassGrowing up is hard to do.

Seems like a pretty obvious statement but hey… We probably all need to be reminded every now and again.

Some folks might think that “growing” stops when we reach a certain age or milestone, perhaps when we turn 18, graduate college, get married, have kids, retire from the military or become empty nesters.

But when it comes right down to it, the most content, fulfilled and successful people are going those who be grow their entire lives.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to be in that category of “personal growers.”

So today, I am sharing five powerful, necessary steps of personal growth. [Read more...]

When More Is Not Enough (Book Review & Giveaway)

When More is not enough

My daughter is a smidge over a year and a half old. She is saying several dozen words, but her current favorite word comes as no surprise:

“MORE!”

Everything is more. More milk. More fun. More whatever-is-in-mama’s-salad-bowl. More, more, more, more, MORE.

It is (kind of) cute right now. However, as she grows, we are gonna put the whoa on this more business.

When More is not enoughWhich is a great theory. But can be difficult in our society of more, bigger, better, faster, me, me, me.

Fortunately, there is an AH-MAZ-ING new tool that all of us Jesus-loving parents can add to our arsenal.

Amy’s new book, “When More Is Not Enough: How to stop giving your kids what they want and start giving them what they need.”

Check out the book trailer below (or if you are reading via email, click here.) Then keep reading for more details (AND A GIVEAWAY!)  [Read more...]

The Missing Love Link (#EverydayJesus Linkup)

Missing Love Link

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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Missing Love LinkI thought I was doing everything right.

The fridge had plenty of food.

The socks were picked up off the living room floor.

The laundry was caught up.

Dishes were done.

Supper was cooked.

Blogs written.

Baby nurtured.

Floor vacuumed.

Workout completed.

Prayers said.

So what was I missing? Why did I still feel so… blah? 

Suddenly, it came to me.

My life is like a long chain, everything connected. And I was missing a very important link. [Read more...]