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...]

Do Not Call List

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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Beep, beep.

“Oh, hang on, just a second, I’ve got another call coming in… It’s a number I don’t recognize, I better take this.”

I am thankful that we live in a era of caller ID. However, it is completely against my army wife heart to ever ignore calls from “unknown numbers” or a random call from someone other than in my phonebook… especially when my beloved and I are separated by duty. I never know what time of day he might call, on what line and what the number looks might look like. [Read more...]

Video Blog: Hitting the Mark

Target

Target

We all live for something.

Hopefully, that “something” is God. But sometimes, we get a little bit distracted.

It is rarely intentional and happens over time. Then one day, hypothetically speaking, we are supposed to go for an 11-mile run and Jesus says WHOA.

Totally hypothetical, of course.

Without our knowledge, we have somehow let our compass drift and are a bit off target.

If you find yourself in this place, don’t despair– God will get us there. [Read more...]

A Walk Through the Parables: The Narrow Way

A Walk through the parablesMy daughter has a knack for squeezing into places she shouldn’t.

She climbs under our kitchen chair then freaks out when she gets “trapped” between the four legs.

She squishes between the desk and file cabinet, then squalls for help when she tries to exit a different way.

She attempts to dismount a chair through the back and then hollers when her head won’t fit through without turning it a specific direction.

There are a lot of tight, narrow spots that she can get stuck… And believe it or not, us adults can get stuck too.

Not in narrow places, but in the wide, open spaces of complacency and procrastination.  [Read more...]

Why We Need Sticky Moments

Sticky Moments

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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The following post will probably involve awkward and TMI (too much information) moments.

So read at your own risk.

To catch  you all up, there are a few things you need to know:

1. This year is the year I learn how to run.

2. Buying workout gear is fun… yet not cheap. (Hello, Goodwill!)

3. Genetics (and Jesus)  made me one of the most “pear-shaped” people on the planet. [Read more...]

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In the Bottom of Your Sink

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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Who would you say that your everyday hero is?

Perhaps it is your spouse. A parent. A child. A mentor. Maybe it’s the law enforcement officers or firefighters or soldiers (or maybe if you are  like me, it is your soldier spouse…)

In addition to those awesome hero’s listed above, my hero is any person who had the courage to clean out the drain in the bottom of the kitchen sink. [Read more...]