Encouragement · wisdom

Note to Self–Live Wholeheartedly

Real talk. ➡ Summer social media posts have taken me out in the past. Seeing the amazing vacations and daily adventures of others has sparked envy that quickly turned to dissatisfaction with my own life. Do you know what I am talking about? It is funny how our instinct to compare surfaces without an invitation.…… Continue reading Note to Self–Live Wholeheartedly

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Thoughtful Thursday–It’s OKAY to Relax

To the person who has been holding your breath–it is okay to relax. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop or the next storm to hit. Truth is–trouble will come, but what might happen if you reframe your outlook? Lean in and consider another way to look at your life. It’s not…… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday–It’s OKAY to Relax

Encouragement · wisdom

How do you Measure Success?

When I was young, I loved wearing my mother’s boots around the house. They were a light leather mid-calf boot, and I thought they were AMAZING. Every time I tried them on, I hoped they would finally fit. Although I never got to wear those bad boys to elementary school, I felt grown up and…… Continue reading How do you Measure Success?

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Note to Self: Reminders we ALL Need

Whenever I sit down to write, I think about all the things that have been swirling in my head. As an enneagram one, the things swirling in my head are MANY. I consider and reconsider everything I say, everything someone said to me, every action taken, every decision of inaction, and on and on. The…… Continue reading Note to Self: Reminders we ALL Need

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Taking Matters Into My Own Hands

Recently, I was invited into a circle of suffering. Most of us prefer an invitation to a celebration, but there is something sacred to be found in the space of suffering. Our deep need for connection is realized in the most tender seasons of our lives. As I sat and looked around the room, I…… Continue reading Taking Matters Into My Own Hands

Encouragement · Faith · Hope · wisdom

Bent Low to Stand Tall: A Strange Way to Save Us

Unexpected storms offer fertile soil for insight and breakthrough. Although we were on Spring Break, we knew snow was a distinct possibility, so waking up to a blanket of white was a welcomed surprise. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were now transformed by the layer of fresh snow. The pathway to our…… Continue reading Bent Low to Stand Tall: A Strange Way to Save Us

Encouragement · Faith · Healing · Hope · wisdom

The Impact of Perspective

The experiences in our lives–both good and bad–serve as mile markers along our journey–they are not THE destination, but they point us toward our destination. Our successes and abilities are not the sum of our hope, identity, or purpose. If we make any of these mile marker experiences our final destination, our identity is negotiated.…… Continue reading The Impact of Perspective

Encouragement · Faith · Healing · moment of truth monday · wisdom

Moment of Truth Monday: Worthiness and Faith

Most of my life, I have struggled with worthiness. I have lived with a silent fear of missing out and not measuring up. From this fractured, false foundation, I attempted to earn my way into the heart of others and God.Just saying that sounds absurd, but when I look at my behaviors and decisions over…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: Worthiness and Faith

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Confessions of a Control Freak

Do you crave control? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Although unpopular, my guess is that many people wrestle with a need for control. If we used the word order instead of control, I suspect all the hands in the room would go up. Order seems to be instinctive—maybe it does not…… Continue reading Confessions of a Control Freak