Today, I was tired. Not the kind of tired that a nap could fix, but a soul weary kind of tired. An I’ve been DOING and not really ABIDING kind of tired. Do you know the tired I’m talking about? I always recognize this kind of tired because, in it, my emotions sit a little too close to the surface, my words and reactions come out before they pass through my filter, and overwhelm is the dominant feeling weighing on me.  My natural tendency is to choose one extreme when I feel this way. I eith ...
Today, I was tired. Not the kind of tired that a nap could fix, but a soul weary kind of tired. An I’ve been DOING and not really ABIDING kind of tired. Do you know the tired I’m talking about? I always recognize this kind of tired because, in it, my emotions sit a little too close to the surface, my words and reaction ...
Maybe you don’t “got this” BUT GOD DOES. Have you ever felt like you’re being asked to step way outside of your comfort zone into a place where you don’t feel as confident in your capabilities as you might normally feel? Maybe it’s your job. It could be that your responsibilities have changed and you are feeling a bit ...
Do you need a little encouragement on how to find and connect with community? (Hint: It’s so much easier than we think!) How about a little reminder that church can be that safe space where we grow closer to one another and to God? Maybe you need a little pat on the back that says, “Hey, girl! This work that you do in ...
Does it ever seem like the cards are stacked against you and opposition comes from every angle? You aren’t alone and there is a battle plan for times like this. Maybe things at work seem a little difficult and home isn’t currently the solace that you hoped it would be. Possibly you’re dealing with a d ...
I love the beginning of each month when I get to connect you to some of my favorite women who are doing absolutely wonderful things for the Kingdom. That is what Build A Sister Up is all about! I want to give you an opportunity to get to know other amazing ladies who can encourage you, inspire you, and walk with you in ...
            * “God, I’m trying my best, but everyone else seems to be pushing ahead of me and getting what I so desperately want. Why?!?” Have you ever felt like this? Listen to John 5: 3-9. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was ...
Every single month I get so excited to introduce you to another one of my friends! It just makes me so happy to connect you with women who have a desire to walk with you as you walk this life of faith! This month, I am beyond thrilled to introduce you to Shontell Brewer! She’s a wife, mama, author, blogger, activ ...
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a firstborn who married a first born. My God’s grace it’s working out well (and thankfully my hubby is laid back and not bossy like me). Musicals give me life (I’m still not tired of the Hamilton soundtrack). Also to-do lists are my jam. I’m made like Martha and proud of ...
I’ve been thinking about joy and writing about joy and reading about joy this month, but some of my most valuable lessons about joy seem to just hit me out of the blue. I had just finished ordering school books and supplies for next year, switching out loads of laundry, and was in process of cleaning up lunch and hasti ...
  Joy. If I sit and think about what joy should look like, my mind wanders to those memories that I’ve tucked away where I feel blissfully happy. Like snapshots, I thumb through them. I see the places and the people that I love the most. I see birthday parties and anniversaries and holidays and celebrations and fa ...
You guys! It’s Spring, finally! Although, as I sit down to type this post there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow. Obviously, it is not very Spring-like here in mid-Missouri yet. This month, I’m bringing a little sunshine into your life by introducing you to my sweet friend and Sister at Build A Sister U ...
Hello, friends! It’s a new month and that means that I get the honor and privilege of introducing you to another one of my sweet sisters at Build A Sister Up. My word for March is FAITHFUL and this month I’m pressing in to Psalms 86:11 which says: Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulnes ...
Do you know what I love about the month of March? March brings a gentle reminder that after persevering through the cold and harsh reality of winter, hope awaits. We have faith that Spring is on its’ way. We see that as new life bursts through all around us. Green things sprout up from the soil. Flowers and trees ...
We all want to be great. Isn’t greatness something we all long for? We all want to be recognized and celebrated as someone who is worthy and valuable. Many of us made New Year’s resolutions to help us achieve steps toward the purpose of greatness in 2018. I know I did. I made goals and set a plan in action ...
Well, the New Year is in full swing. Resolutions have been made. Goals have been set. Plans have been put into action. Words have been claimed. All the things that are intended to make this new year our best one yet have been determined, and we are here, a week and a half into 2018, knee deep in the follow through. Tha ...
Tis’ the season and I’m so very excited about it! I love the holidays, the togetherness, the food, the festivities, and the opportunity to focus on Christ, the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you for taking time out of your busy month to drop in and meet my sweet friend, Erika Dawson. Erika has a beautiful ...
Happy November, friends! Is anyone else amazed that the holiday season is almost here? Time is just zipping by! I won’t complain, though, because November means Thanksgiving and, in my family, Thanksgiving means my Uncle Shorty’s pies. I. CAN’T. WAIT. A new month also means that I get the opportunity ...