After finding your passion, start discovering your strengths.

Simply Stating Your Strengths

After finding your passion, start discovering your strengths.

  Ephesians 1:18-19 (NIV) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength. […]

What do you believe? My son saw an angel; I believe.Cooking for a large group? Try these super simple hot sub sandwiches for a make ahead meal. Delicious!

Super Simple Sub Sandwiches

Cooking for a large group? Try these super simple hot sub sandwiches for a make ahead meal. Delicious!

We offered these foil-wrapped hot and yummy subs for lunch at one of our recent retreats. They’re super simple to prepare ahead of time and provide a hearty and filling meal. Making enough for 60 can seem daunting, but with just a couple of helpers, putting these sandwiches together took no time at all. Here’s […]

Living a Life of Purpose

5 Ways to Find and Focus on Your Passion

Living a Life of Purpose

In 3rd grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. On Halloween, I wrote a story about a wily wicked witch. It received great acclaim from my teacher and the pride I felt from forming words into a story filled me with joy. At 11, in my 6th grade speech class, I had my first […]

Only after the death of my dear friend, did I come to the realization that I had always lived my life externally & that I needed to recognize Christ in me.

Christ is in ME! Who Knew?!

Only after the death of my dear friend, did I come to the realization that I had always lived my life externally & that I needed to recognize Christ in me.

This post is written as part of Ruth Soukup’s Secret 13 Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE. To find out more about the Secret 13 Essay Contest and your chance to win a […]

When you let the feeling of love consume you and lead your thoughts and actions, the desire to judge someone else falls away.

Love, It’s Love | 8 Scriptures to Guide You in Love

When you let the feeling of love consume you and lead your thoughts and actions, the desire to judge someone else falls away.

As we get close to Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love, I wanted to think not on romantic love, but on the true depth of God’s unconditional love for us. Christ calls us to live in that love, to know it within the depths of our being, and to share it in droves. Many summers […]

Understanding love after the death of a dear friend

Understanding Love

Understanding love after the death of a dear friend

1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts. (from my testimony, Finding God, Creating Me: A Testimony of Grief and Faith) I stretched out across our living room floor, the kids playing around me. Every so […]

How can our precious baby boy turn into a surly tough teen? It happens, but here's hope in my journey out the other side! Stay strong, Moms and Dads!

From Sweet Baby Boy to Kind Young Man (And the Tough Teen Years in Between)

How can our precious baby boy turn into a surly tough teen? It happens, but here's hope in my journey out the other side! Stay strong, Moms and Dads!

My son, Nicholas, smushed his oatmeal between his fingers and shoved as much as he could into his mouth. “Here, son,” I said to him. “Use your spoon like this.” I wrapped his tiny fingers around the spoon and guided him as we scooped a spoonful from the bowl and into his mouth. The next […]

One of the many moments that is an excellent example of God's persistence when He calls us and we try not to listen.

Helping with Hospice | God Moments

One of the many moments that is an excellent example of God's persistence when He calls us and we try not to listen.

I love the way God puts in place the little details which guide us in knowing we’re on the right track. Several years ago, after I’d climbed my way up from the pit of grief and allowed God to fill me and push me forward, I knew the time had come for me to reach […]

When you doubt God and doubt yourself, look to these 5 ways to find your faith.

5 Foolproof Ways to Find Your Faith

When you doubt God and doubt yourself, look to these 5 ways to find your faith.

My faith used to be fickle. It worked for me when I needed it and got shoved to the side when I didn’t. I always had a strong connection and belief in God, mostly. Is that contradictory? I figured that if I was wrong and that when we die we’re just dead, then it wouldn’t […]