Spring cleaning. It’s that time of year when garage doors open, rakes come out, closets get decluttered, and floors are polished to a sparkling shine… well, in theory, anyway! It would be great if we could just keep our homes and our worlds clean and uncluttered all year round, but the reality is that life … Continue reading Spring Cleaning of the Soul
Through the Faded Reflection (Fix Your Eyes on Jesus)
Nothing speaks to my heart like a good object lesson—particularly when that object lesson comes to me out of the blue, almost as if God were downloading it straight from his heart into mine as I take in the world around me. Let me give you an example from a recent experience. I was sitting … Continue reading Through the Faded Reflection (Fix Your Eyes on Jesus)
Reflect. Refresh. Recap.
When the days fly by this quickly, it sure would be easy to miss them. But I don’t want to miss them. I can’t afford to miss them. My life is just to precious of a gift to let pass me by in a haze as I try to simply keep up with the ticking of the clock...
One Year from Now…
One year from now, I want to be able to look back on 2019 with a sense of satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment. That sounds like a vague answer, but truthfully, I think it’s just as simple as that...
Financial health is not an area where I tend to struggle. Ryan and I are extremely frugal. Before we got married—in fact, before we ever even started dating—we discussed our values about money and how we wanted to navigate this aspect of our lives...
Say No to Negativity
Not long ago, Ryan and I discussed how some of our recent conversations had taken on an unnecessarily negative tone. Ryan, in particular, has always been a passionate advocate for taking a positive outlook on life, and so this was a strange place to find ourselves in. It wasn’t that either of us had intentionally been steering our conversations in a downbeat direction, but somehow, it seemed we had wandered off the more positive path without realizing it.
2019: Physical Health Goals
I am so thankful for my physical health. I really don’t say that often enough. But it’s true. I have been unbelievably blessed with very good health for many years, and I am so deeply grateful.
Getting Ready for Growth
Each day this month I will be answering one question from these December Journal Prompts. Day 26: What are some areas you’d like to see yourself grow in next year? Recently, I was asked which of the fruits of the spirit (found in Galatians 5:22-23) I thought I most needed to grow in at this point … Continue reading Getting Ready for Growth
Magical Christmas Memories
I enjoyed many truly wonderful Christmases as a child. When I thought about this question, before any specific memories came to mind, I first remembered a feeling. A feeling of warmth, and comfort, and magic. A feeling of fun and anticipation. And a feeling of belonging—because to me, Christmas means family.
Passion, Perspective, and Parenthood
Becoming a mom has changed my perspective on a lot of things this year. I always knew that moms had a hard job, but this year I felt that in a very real way! Suddenly I could identify with so many things that I had never understood before—like how hard it is to get to church on a Sunday morning when your baby’s sleep patterns don’t match the church’s service schedule!