Encouragement

Seizing the Moment: 10 Ideas for Simplifying Hospitality

10 Ideas for Simplifying Hospitality

10 Ideas for Simple Hospitality “I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade and come up with a few go-to techniques for making opening my home a whole lot less stressful. I hope that by sharing these 10 ideas with you, you’ll take baby steps toward inviting others into your home, and heart, as a way to share the love of Christ in meaningful and enjoyable way.“ Read more here about for ideas in your home to create an atmosphere of hospitality…   Seizing the Moment for Change  – When You Need Help…But Don’t Want to Admit It – My […]

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Battling the Crave for Praise

Battling the Crave for Praise

It’s amazing how a heart stirred up can give life to so many words. Even though I’m in the middle of a crazy season of transition, writing is one way to help me find some sanity. With all the goodbyes and yet-to-happen hellos, it feels like oxygen to carve out space to reflect and mull over the life I lived in this sacred place. So would you mind if I process with you “out loud.” I’m pondering things like . . . Have I really been “all in”? Did I reach out in those moments, when I knew the Lord was prompting […]

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40 Bible Verses to Conquer Fear

Download 40 Bible Verses to Conquer Fear

  Y’all, I’ve told you before that fear is my battleground. It’s something that has chased me down my whole life. Of course, you’d never know because it goes by other names . . . caution, prudence, being careful, choosing safety. While those are good things, they mask the real issue. Being afraid. Plain and simple. I’m afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of making a mistake. Afraid of being falsely accused. Afraid of failing. And probably, the worst of all . . . being afraid that God might get mad at me . . . or abandon me. Even after […]

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Know Jesus.

Know Jesus

Leaving is never easy. Change is never comfortable. And I’ve done neither for as long as I can remember. But the beauty in this time of transition is how much I need to cling to Jesus. Being able to turn to my Lord and seek His strength is nothing short of a miracle and an absolute gift of His grace. I remember those days when I walked in this world all by myself. The idea that God cared personally about me never crossed my mind. He was up there, somewhere, as a magic force, not to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, I was […]

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How to Organize Your Life

5 Steps for Organizing Your Life

Friend, if I promised that I could help you get organize in 5 simple steps, would you believe me? Or would you think I sound like an infomercial on late night television? Personally, I hate a “get rich quick scheme” in any form, and hesitate to believe any promise that suggests “following this step and that step” will make a difference. But really, as I’ve thought about what real organization looks like, I’ve been able to narrow it down to five steps that are key to an overall sense of balance and focus based on these three principles: 1. Being organized […]

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It’s a New Thing

I am doing a new thing!

Well, do I have a story to tell you. But the thing is, I’m not sure where to start. I can hardly find the words because it’s all happening so fast, and yet I feel this urgency to write it down. I want a record to look back upon . . . for my children to look back upon . . . and I want God to use this situation for His glory and your encouragement. So here I go, with eyes already welling up. We’re moving. Not just across the street, like we did four years ago. Not like […]

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