Journal

Getting Over the Relationship-Prohibiting Mindsets

Getting Over the Relationship-Prohibiting Mindsets

Enjoying my coffee a little late this morning. Why? After church yesterday, my husband and I felt the stirring to reach out to a couple that we've half-heartedly been trying to get together with since we moved here last fall.

We've been desiring fellowship and community for a long time now that we're no longer nomads, but had some things in our own hearts sort of prohibiting us- presumptions, judgements, pride and the like. Not about anyone in particular, just regarding church and how hard it seems to really connect with people these days. After finally surrendering those feelings and...


Beauty is Fleeting; Our Identity is Not

Beauty is Fleeting; Our Identity is Not

beauty, identity, beautiful
Proverbs 31 is speaking truth to me today. As I wrestle with body image issues and the constant lies from the enemy trying to attack my thought life, this verse speaks loudly.
My heart goes out to all the girls and women out there fighting this same battle- the battle of loving ourselves for who we are. There’s a fine line between loving ourselves the way He made us and thinking so highly of ourselves so as to be arrogant and conceited. Loving ourselves does not mean putting our value above others or constantly putting...


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

What's on your horizon this new year?


2016 was an incredible, full year packed with adventures, surprises, revelations, visions, dreams and so many exciting new ventures. As I reflect on the year and how the Lord has completely blown me away I can't help but be excited for this next one, and no matter what this past year looked like for you I encourage you to be too. What dreams and visions have been brewing in your heart? What goals have you desired to meet and are tired of putting off? How can you grow? How...


Restless Hearts

Restless Hearts

“You made us for Your heart, oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You…"
Rest… something I’m not naturally very good at. When I’m exhausted or it’s time for bed, sure, I can rest and sleep just like anybody else. But taking the time to rest in Jesus? You might as well be trying to get a hungry or hyper baby to nap. I don’t mean to be this way and I definitely don’t like it; it’s just a habit that has formed in me over the years, a huge part of it...


The Only Mirror Selfie I'll Probably Ever Post

The Only Mirror Selfie I'll Probably Ever Post

I love this image because it shows the most beautiful picture: the growth of my precious baby inside my womb and the pure joy and healthy glow it brings me...
Body image can really be tested when you're pregnant. It becomes so easy to build a habit of comparing yourself to other women, pregnant or not, and to constantly be worrying about things like weight or feeling beautiful. But 'beautiful' is not a feeling, nor is it an identity subjectively affirmed by others. One thing I have learned over the last couple years, and am still learning,...