Waking Up Early

Waking Up Early

I’ve always been a morning person. It’s one of my favorite times of day. I savor the moments before the rest of the world wakes up and the tasks of the day begin. Mornings are “me time” and like most women who have married and have kids, this may be the only time I get to myself. For an hour each morning, I usually spend my time reading, praying, writing and just being quiet.

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For the Love of Learning

For the Love of Learning

The decision to homeschool was one that we decided as a family just felt right. I've been blessed to stay home with my girls or at least bring my girls to my job since Sheridan was born. It's not that I'm an overprotective mom that doesn't want to send her babies out into the scary world, but it's because our lifestyle allows for the richness of home school and our thoughts are, "Why not take advantage of this?"

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Light Shine Bright: Get Out of Your Own Shadow

Light Shine Bright: Get Out of Your Own Shadow

We get in our own way with “oops” posts. Things we didn't think all the way through, that once we give it more thought, or in many instances the next morning when your head isn't quite as foggy, we immediately take down. However, there is no deleting the post from people's memory once they have seen it. Worse yet, there is a perma data trail linked to that post. Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg for being so efficient!

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Light Shine Bright: Healing So You CAN Shine

Light Shine Bright: Healing So You CAN Shine

We are not broken creatures; we are daughters of the Lord Most High.  You are healed and whole because Christ is within you.  And if Christ is within you, then there is light.  Once you accept that healing and invite Jesus to work on your heart, the light is there.  Therefore, seek the Creator and all of His promises will enter your life, including the promise of restoration.  Once you kick-start your healing process, don’t be afraid to be yourself!  Our lights are the only things on earth that are battling the darkness, and we always need more of it.  Invite the healing, shine your light, and watch the world change.

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Light Shine Bright: True to You

Light Shine Bright: True to You

Here's a little secret that I'm going to share about myself...I've always wanted the ability to step out of my body and be able to see how I'm seen or perceived by others. I'm not sure if this would be a blessing or a curse, but for someone who has always valued what others thought of herself, I thought that this would be a super-human power to possess. I was the child and even the woman sometimes, that would mimic how girls I admired or idolized acted. I wold try to copy how they talked, how they posed in photos and even how they wrote their name. In my mind, if I could take on their characteristics I would be able to be seen the same way that I saw them. Looking back now, the reason I desired this so strongly was because I was not comfortable in who I really was.

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Whole

Whole

Growing up, I heard time and time again that we are all sinners and broken people going through life and trying to do the best we possibly can to love and live like Jesus. Or that we are all inherently bad people that Jesus had to die for us just so we wouldn't burn in hell and that we're all just hanging on by a thread until Jesus comes back...and hopefully he comes back soon. 

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Set Apart: Through It All by Raychel Davison

Set Apart: Through It All by Raychel Davison

When I was first asked to share my testimony I was thinking, “Oh man, what should I even say..?” I’m not going to lie ya’ll, I was kind of dreading if it ever came time for me to be asked. I was sitting in my car and had just gotten back from my lunch break and immediately God interceded and said, “You have plenty to share and I’m only asking for a snippet to encourage the women of your church family.” This is a bit long, so bear with me, ladies!

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Set Apart: Why Wait? by Meghan Gates

Set Apart: Why Wait? by Meghan Gates

The act of physical intimacy – and I’m not just talking about sex – is intended for marriage because that is the closest relationship we can have on earth.  Sex functions within a marriage, and functions extremely well!  When we misuse sex (outside of marriage), it is dysfunctional.  Our spirit gets confused because we are participating in an act with someone that isn’t our spouse.  Our spirit wants to become one with the other person’s spirit because that is what sex was designed for.  But the spirits can’t mesh because the individuals are not married. Sex outside of marriage can never become one and sex was designed to create one flesh from two people.  This causes loneliness, confusion, distress, shame, and a conflict that arises within our spirits. 

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Set Apart: "Commun"-ication by Candace Lostroh

Set Apart: "Commun"-ication by Candace Lostroh

I bring all of this up because the Devil has not changed his message. Yes, he may change up how he brings it about, his methods, but the true message of his deception has not changed and that is that God is holding out on us. He doesn't want us to have fun. He wants us to remain brainless, go through the motions, bow down and worship every day for the rest of our miserable lives. If he was truly a good and loving God he would make this world perfect. Nothing would go wrong, bad things wouldn't happen and all of us would be rich, healthy and happy. You see if he can keep us in this thinking that only if we'll keep practicing our "religion" of showing up and doing all the things we keep doing because maybe just maybe God will give us some blessings, we miss what God has already given us....and that's his Son, Jesus and what his work on the cross did for all mankind.

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Set Apart: Redeem by Meghan Gates

Set Apart: Redeem by Meghan Gates

I finally found my fulfillment in Christ instead of men.  I became content by myself and stopped dating altogether.  I started writing letters to my future husband again.  I started fervently praying for my future husband.  When the men came knocking, I would simply turn them away and refuse to even entertain a dinner date because I was in a fully committed relationship with God. 

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