Encouragement, Thankful30 Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude Challenge – Approaching Your Father

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NIV

Cary had never been close to her father. Her dad provided for the family but rarely engaged with them. This emotional abandonment left Cary to question what the role of a loving father looked like.

The confusion bled over into her spiritual life and, while Cary loved God, she didn’t feel engaged with Him. She was afraid to ask God for anything or bring her hard questions to Him for fear she’d be rejected.

But that changed for Cary in college when her softball coach took her under his wing. For the first time, she experienced the deep and rich love of a father figure. Cary learned that she could approach her coach for guidance when she needed help in any area of her life.

The closer Cary grew to her coach, the more she learned about the true nature of God.… Read the rest

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Gratitude Challenge – What Is Your Story?

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1, NIV

One powerful way to give thanks to God is to tell others about the wonderful things He has done for you. You may be tempted to think that you don’t have a story to tell because yours isn’t as “dramatic” as being cured of cancer or surviving a hurricane that destroyed your home and all of your personal belongings. Instead, your story may be that you went through a difficult divorce and God gave you the strength to keep going. Or maybe you were dealing with a co-worker that was hostile toward you and God helped you through it.

If you’re not sure what your story is, make a list of hard moments in your life. Then, ask yourself what God did and start writing it down. He may have changed your circumstances by transferring your hostile co-worker to another division.… Read the rest

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Gratitude Challenge – When Everything Changes…

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1: 17 NIV

Michelle has been going through a season of change in her life. There have been positive changes, like the start of her online business and the news that she’s pregnant after years of infertility. Now, she and her husband are in the middle of buying their first home.

But, along with these changes, there have been some losses, too. Her mother passed away after a long battle with cancer and her best friend moved across the country.

With so much changing, Michelle has found comfort in focusing on the things that haven’t changed. Her husband’s encouragement & support have been a constant force in her life. Her friend’s continued text messages and notes make her feel loved.

But, more than that, she’s thankful for God’s unchanging character.… Read the rest

Encouragement, Thankful30 Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude Challenge – Shift Your Focus With Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

It’s easy to give thanks when your day is going well. You’re wearing your favorite outfit (or a pair of shoes in my case!) and you look amazing. You made it on time for work and you don’t feel rushed. Your coffee is the perfect temperature with just the right mix of sugar and creamer. And, to top it all off, you get lots of likes on the selfie you posted this morning on Facebook and Instagram.

But what about those moments when things aren’t going so well? You spill your coffee on your shirt. You have to wait in a long line of customers – with your young children – at the store. You realize your smartphone is dead and you can’t recharge it until you get home.

I know these things may seem minor as you read this email and think about bigger issues that you have going on but, even in moments like these, giving thanks is difficult.… Read the rest

Faith

The Lord Is My Light, Fortress and Strength

Scripture:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1 NLT

Thoughts:

When I was a little girl I used to sleep with a night light because I was afraid of the dark. It can be scary when you are a young girl and completely surrounded by darkness. Sometimes you can barely see your hand in front of you. However, my mom would turn on the night light. That small light in the middle of all that darkness was just the confidence I needed to sleep peacefully.

This verse reminds us that the Lord is our light, our fortress, and our strength.  When we are facing dark places in our lives, His light immediately destroys the darkness. It is a reminder that He is always there to guide us and comfort us.… Read the rest

Journaling

Scripture Journaling Using SOAP

Some ladies have come to me with questions about journaling, such as how to get started and how to keep it going. I started doing some research and came across scripture journaling using the SOAP method. I knew this would be a great place to start.

First of all, what is scripture journaling? is writing a bible verse every day in addition to whatever you hear God saying to you through that verse.

I’m glad you asked! It is writing a bible verse every day in addition to whatever you hear God saying to you through that verse.

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.

Scripture

Write the bible verse.

Observation

What is the verse saying to you? What do you see as you are reading the verse? Who is the verse speaking to? What is it talking about? Do any words stick out to you?

Application

How can you apply what you read to your own personal life?… Read the rest

Journaling

Save Yourself and Start a Journal

Journaling is not just something certain people do.

It is something EVERYONE should do, and here’s why:

1. It Helps With Mental and Physical Health

A major benefit to writing in a journal every day is that it can help you both mentally and physically. It can show you why you are feeling anxious all the time or help you get through your depression. Journaling can also help you lose weight, find out why you have certain ailments, and narrow down the reasons you aren’t drinking enough water each day. You can be a healthier person overall just by having a journal.

2. You Can Feel Safe Releasing Your Emotions

It is hard to talk to someone about what you are thinking or feeling when you are embarrassed or feel like you will be judged for it. A journal is a good way to express all those feelings and not worry about someone reading it or looking at you differently.

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Faith

How to Put Your Priorities in the Right Order

List of Priorities

My Typical Day

Here is my typical work day. Tell me if it sounds familiar:

I wake up at 5am to get ready for work. However, I don’t actually get out of the bed until around 5:45am.  Then, I say a real quick, “Thank you, Jesus, for waking me up this morning” prayer. I am supposed to read my daily Bible devotion on my phone, but end up checking emails and reading FB posts instead. Well, because I lost track of time, I have to rush to iron my clothes, take a shower, find clothes for my three- and five-year-old to wear, get them dressed, put our bags in the car, and finally get all of us in the car and on the road.

From there I drive like a crazy woman to drop them off to my mom’s house. Then, I get BACK on the highway and get to work by 7:15 am.… Read the rest

Money

My Break Up Letter to Debt

My Break Up Letter to DebtDear Debt,

I remember the first time we met. It was during my first year in college. I have to admit, you were very attractive and, unfortunately, I didn’t know how to tell you “no.” No one ever taught me what to do if I ever met you. So I fell for your tricks. The t-shirt that you gave me for “free” ended up costing me over $1000! And, instead of breaking up with you, learning from my mistakes and moving on, I just kept coming back for more.

Over the years I thought I could “change” you and improve our relationship. However, I found out WAY too late that it would never get better, and things got outta hand real quick…to the point that I had to get legal counsel involved in order to end our relationship.

That worked out for a little while but, because I didn’t change my mindset and get to the root of my problems, I fell back into our abusive relationship.Read the rest

Marriage

He Needs A Cheerleader, Not A Coach!

He Needs A Cheerleader, Not A Coach!Gimme a “H”

Gimme a “U”

Gimme a “B,” “B,” “Y”

Hubby, Hubby,

He’s my guy!

He’s smart, and sexy, and handsome, too.

He’s my baby. Yes, he’s my BOO!!!!

Football season is right around the corner, and I thought it would be a great time to list  five ways you can be your husband’s #1 cheerleader:

  1. Represent your husband well.

Once you become a cheerleader, the spotlight will always be on you – on and off the field. People do not stop looking at you after you take the uniform off. It is the same thing when you get married. You are a reflection of him, and the spotlight will always be on you. The light becomes even more intense if your husband takes on a leadership role at his job or in the church. Therefore, you have to always remember to put your best foot forward, because it is a direct reflection of him.… Read the rest