To be honest, I consider blogging a form of ministry.
As a faith-based blogger, I spend time researching and writing about topics that can teach others more about God. And honestly, my main goal in life is to point other women to Jesus. My blog is just one way I hope to do that.
But I don't think blogging should be a solo task.
In fact, I believe it's essential to build a community of fellow bloggers who can share the ups & downs of this journey with you.
That's why I'm so excited to share one particular group of bloggers with you today. They have amazing testimonies, as well as an incredible wealth of knowledge about blogging. They will stand by you and pray with you in good times and in bad.
If you're a faith-based blogger, I know you're absolutely going to want to keep reading! Read More
Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about goal-setting?
You probably already know I'm a huge fan of Lara Casey & Cultivate What Matters, and I absolutely love using her PowerSheets and goal-setting blog series each year.
There's just something beautiful about taking small, intentional steps toward making what really matters to you happen.
But what DOES the bible say about setting goals?
That's what I hope to answer for you today, and to share a few simple steps to set God-centered goals. Read More
I don't know about you, but Holy Week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year.
And just between us, I might like it even better than Christmas :) :)
Why? Because we've just spent the past 40 days reflecting on the life of Christ and our deep need for Him.
And this week feels closer to Him than ever before.
Reading the bible stories about the week leading up to Christ's crucifixion during THIS WEEK two thousand years ago somehow makes me feel so much closer to the actual events.
A few weeks ago, I was slowed down by a need to focus on my health. For an entire week, I spent my days either in a doctor's office or in bed with intense headaches and TMJ pain.
I'm on the mend now, but somehow it's a different story...
And that's the story I want to share with you today - the story of how I learned what it really means to "Let go, and let God." Read More
I spent years afraid to pray in front of others.
Fear kept me from praying with friends when I could tell they really needed it.
Fear kept me from praying at family gatherings.
Fear even kept me from praying with my future husband, even when our relationship really needed it.
Fear kept my walk with God stagnant.
Fear is a tool used by Satan to keep us far from God. He knows that the more time we spend communing with God, the easier we can stand against his advances.
Ephesians 6:11 says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."
The enemy hates when we grow closer to God and will work harder at that point to instill fear.
Today, I want to encourage you to not believe his lies. If you have a fear of praying out loud, or even if you're just unsure what to say in a verbal prayer, keep reading!
I'm sharing my story of how I overcame my fear of praying out loud, in the hopes that you too can grow in your walk and relationship with the Lord. Read More
The one thing that has held me back from consistent bible study time and time again is simply knowing where to start!
It really doesn't work to just flip open the bible to any page and start reading.
One of my spiritual gifts is administration, which means I like to be organized - so being intentional about what I'm studying is important to me!
Over time, I've come to love these 3 resources as my favorites for following along with bible studies.
It's my hope that they will help guide you, too! Read More
If you're a blogger and anything like me, there's ONE thing you struggle with more than anything else: posting consistently.
And it drives me nuts!
I have lists of topic ideas for all of my blog categories, and I truly am passionate about sharing my story through a blog.
It's just that sometimes, I really don't feel like writing. None of my topics sound appealing, and the long list of to-dos that come with creating a new post is intimidating.
If you can relate, I want you to know something - that doesn't make us bad bloggers! And it definitely doesn't mean we should hang up our hats and quit writing!
It just means we need a new system, a new way of organizing our writing structure to be more effective. And maybe even a little bit fun :) Read More
I've spent countless hours over the past year trying to figure out my purpose...
Over and over again I would search Pinterest for "how to find your purpose" in hopes of finding an article written by someone who knew what this felt like.
It is an overwhelming feeling of knowing that I was made for MORE, that just making it through my days wasn't ENOUGH, that there had to be a greater PURPOSE for my life.
If that's you right now, I just want to encourage you to hang in there. God DOES have a greater purpose in mind for you, and you truly were made for more.
To be truthful, I don't think I can say that I've fully found my purpose yet... And maybe there's always a bit of searching in this journey we're taking with the Lord...
But I do believe God's given me a few insights that I want to share that have gotten me to where I am today, closer to my purpose than ever before. Read More
Have you ever heard of the Whole30?
It's a pretty amazing program, actually. Since I am no expert on the program, I want you to just take a few minutes to swing by Whole30.com to learn about it!
I actually first learned about it over a year ago. Since it's such a huge diet change, I was terrified to try it myself.
But, things have really gotten out of control with my food choices. So, my husband and I agreed that the new year would be the perfect time to make this happen for both of us.
Here's a little bit about what our experience was like, the recipes we loved, and whether we're going to do it again or not. Read More
This past week hasn't been easy. And there's no real way to explain how it has rocked my spirit and shaken my confidence...
Sisters, I believe I have had my first experience with spiritual warfare.
The Lord has led me to write this post from a very vulnerable place. I just pray that it will be an encouragement to those of you who have experienced (or will experience) the same thing. Read More
Have you set goals for 2017? There are many benefits to setting both personal and business goals, especially if you're a blogger. Having goals keeps you on track and holds you accountable to making what matters happen.
But what if you haven't set any goals yet for this year? It's already the end of February, and you're feeling so far behind...
Well, I'm here to tell you there's grace for that, dear sister!
What if I told you there's nothing magical about January 1? Lara Casey from Cultivate What Matters said that first, and she also has some amazing tips on goal-setting: She shares that "You are not one bit 'behind,' if you haven’t started (or finished) setting goals yet."
"Today is the best day to begin."
Feeling inspired, but unsure where to begin? Today, I'm sharing my favorite goal-setting tool and some tips to help you get started, as well as my own goals for 2017! Let's go!
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Squarespace. When I made the decision to start a blog, I was so grateful to happen across this all-in-one platform for building my website.
For those of you who haven't heard of Squarespace, it is a web-based system for creating and hosting a website. It's perfect for bloggers, shop owners and online entrepreneurs. Basically, anyone who needs a website should check out Squarespace! (if only they had an affiliate program...LOL)
Today, I'm sharing my top 10 reasons that I recommend Squarespace for YOUR blog. By the end of this post, you'll know exactly why I love Squarespace so much and why I encourage you to check it out for yourself! Read More
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually hear God speak to you? Like Moses at the burning bush, I can imagine I might hide my face too (Exodus 3:6). But I also have so many questions... What is my purpose here, Lord? How can I serve your kingdom? Who am I to help others?
There are times I would love nothing more than to hear God's direction loud and clear. I imagine it would come like a booming voice from heaven, declaring the intended path I should be taking.
But God doesn't speak that way, does he? Rather, he speaks in a quiet whisper to our hearts.
Even though we long to hear the sound of God's voice, there are many ways to listen for his still small voice guiding you on your journey to find purpose. You CAN hear God's voice. Today, I'm sharing a few of those ways to help you better listen for God's quiet whisper to your heart. Read More
Almost exactly a year ago, I watched a sermon that changed everything in my journey to discover purpose.
It was during the cool down session of an exercise video by Faithful Workouts. The leader, Michelle, started talking about this idea of holy discontent and how that can point to ways you can serve God. I was intrigued, so I looked up the original sermon she mentioned by pastor Bill Hybels. Before I knew it, I had watched the entire 40-minute sermon.
I was completely enthralled by this idea of holy discontent, that something I am passionate about could actually point to my purpose in God's kingdom. As I began to unpack this idea and dig deep into my own heart (and God's), I learned a few things about finding your purpose.
Today, I'm sharing the meaning of holy discontent and how it could reveal your true purpose. Read More
Recently, I asked a group of sweet, Christian blogging friends what their biggest blogging challenge is right now. If you're also a blogger, you may be able to guess their top answer - TIME!
Even though blogging is something we love to do, it can be a challenge to find the time to make it happen. As women, we have a laundry list of responsibilities (including laundry!): working, raising kids, housekeeping, meal planning, running errands, being a wife, serving at church, and so on.
And there's so much to learn about blogging, too! It's not just writing blog posts anymore. There's social media strategies to learn about - Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. There's website building and brand design to figure out. There's blog post graphics and social media images that need created. And don't even get me started on monetizing! That's a whole other ball game...
So, how do you find the time to grow a blog, on top of everything else God has called you to do? The simple answer, dear sister, is that you'll never find the time to blog - you have to MAKE TIME for blogging.
Today, I'm sharing the simple strategy I've learned, so you can have more time for your blog too. Read More
It's a simple word, really. One that we usually toss around in off-hand ways: "That's just not a priority for me right now." Or we say, "Today, I'm going to prioritize my to-do list and finally get some things done."
But there's another way to use this word: to simplify our everyday decisions. Let me show you what I mean.
Here are a few easy ways you can set priorities that will make your daily life a lot easier. Read More
If you're thinking about starting a blog or a business, you've probably seen a hundred articles and Pinterest pins about choosing a niche. And if you're like me, you've read all those articles and still have a hundred questions. Why is a niche so important? Why should you even choose a niche? What IS a niche anyway?
Today, I'm sharing a simple explanation of why choosing a niche is so important and a few steps that will help you choose yours right now! Let's get started. Read More
If you ever have a conversation with me, I’ll probably mention the term simplicity at least once during our chat. In fact, SIMPLIFY is my word for 2016! I believe it’s truly that important. But why?
Because simplicity changes everything. Here's my 3-step strategy to create more peace in your life and business. Read More
One of my favorite worship songs is "Cornerstone" by Hillsong. Here are some of the verses:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus' name
Weak made strong
In the Saviour's love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all
Have you ever really thought about this though? What actually is a cornerstone? And why do we call Christ the Cornerstone? Today, I want to share the answers to these question and how Jesus as the Cornerstone can ground your life and center it in God's perfect will for you.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're enjoying preparing for the holiday this week. I am so excited for the upcoming holidays! This year is going to be extra special for me during the holiday season. I am celebrating the freedom to join my family at every gathering, instead of working in a retail store! God is good. <3
Today, I wanted to share a simple gift guide of the 10 best gift ideas for the Christian women on your list this year! The first five are products that I have personally used and loved, so I know they will make great gifts. And the second half of the list are items on MY wish list this year! Read More