Gospel

God's Idea of the Good Life

Spring gave a convincing false start last month in Chicagoland. It was the first of March, and I found myself outside in the shining sun, enjoying a mild 60° breeze. After three months spent licking icicles (which have since returned,) I was unable to resist nature’s charms—shed a tear for global climate change or no—and took a walk in the woods. After about a mile, I stopped to sit on a split log and looked up into the sky. Gazing into the vast blue dome rimmed in still-naked black oak branches, I took a deep breath and thought, “I am so glad I exist."


Milk and Honey Magazine article about worrying less about if you're in the right place and more about being the right (Godly) woman!

Am I In The Right Place?

Have you ever been worried that you missed it? I mean, do you worry that you missed your place in the world, your purpose, your calling? Do you ask, “What if I’m not making a difference in the world?”


Milk and Honey Magazine article on choosing to see the GOOD in life (seeing Jesus) instead if focusing in the bad (which just causes anxiety)! Cast your cares on Jesus!

Shifting Our Focus

A lesson on choosing to see the good.

Every time I look at the bright blue sky, I see a swarm of tiny, black gnats.  As I shift my eyes left and right, they follow me. It’s as if each oddly shaped little bugger is fighting for the spotlight in the center of my vision.  It’s distracting; it pulls my focus away from cloud gazing and onto the annoyance of the squiggle that interrupts my line of sight.


Milk & Honey Magazine explains the importance of STANDING APART from culture for Jesus. You are so special, don't dim the light God gave you, pretty girl!

Are We Changing the Culture?

...or is the culture changing us?

The average woman in the United States lives for about 29,565 days (or, rather, 81 years). I just turned 26 yesterday, so I'm approximately 9,491 days into my life - already about 1/3rd of the way there.


Milk and Honey Magazine discussed how even missionary life can lead to hardship. Rest in Jesus and He will make your path straight (and ease your heart!)

You Are Not Weak

You know how seeing a picture can bring back memories?

I saw a photo recently that reminded me of a time in my life where I felt my lowest. It was a photo of myself and a few friends the day after I had a major anxiety attack. At the time the photo was taken, I had been living in Southeast Asia for almost 4 years as a missionary. I was involved in wonderful ministries, had amazingly encouraging friends, food to eat, a place to live, etc. Life was good. From the outside.


Single Women of the Bible

I'm sure you saw the title of this post and thought, "Great, another blog post about how Ruth is the epitome of singleness in the Bible." I'm happy to report that that's not what this post is about. I love the book of Ruth. I think it can definitely be helpful to single women, but sometimes, and maybe this is just me, it reads to me of the story of a girl who lost her husband and throws herself at the first available man. Obviously, I'm taking things WAY out of context, and there's a lot more going on in the story than that.


"Come, Follow Me"

Do you ever struggle trusting God’s plans? Or find it difficult being joyful with the callings He's placed in your life? Me too. Questions of how, when, where, and why flood my head and my heart.

Recently, I asked God to speak to my unbelieving/struggling heart, and as a faithful God, He spoke through the book of Mark at a church service, encouraging me to be faithful in living a life that's glorifying and all-devoted to following Him. The passage, and message, taught me there's three aspects of a servant's call, all of which begin with Jesus.


Living The "Salty" Life

I am a huge foodie. I have been my entire life. So much so that, when I was younger, my mom always thought that I would become a food critic when I grew up because I enjoyed every meal that she lay before me. Friends who know me well know how much I love food because of how vocal I am whenever I eat a good burger or how excited I get when I talk about a good meal I've had at a new or favorite restaurant.


Milk and Honey Magazine knows Jesus Christ has the most WONDERFUL plan for you, pretty girl! Like David and Goliath, Jesus is preparing you for your destiny to promote Him!

Perfectly Prepared ❄

My favorite story of the Bible (of the moment) is the story of David & Goliath. For those of you unfamiliar, let me give you the SparkNotes:

David was the youngest and smallest in his family, always looking up to his older, stronger brothers who worked as soldiers in the army. David worked as a humble shepherd, spending his time doing two things:


Volunteering: ❤ in Motion

With my hair pinned back in curls, half-inch heels tightly strapped to my feet, and a flowing red gown draped over my small frame, I was ready. As a wide-eyed 11 year old, I couldn't wait to wow the judges with my wit, charm, and fake eyelashes. I knew they would adore me.

Stepping into the interview, I smiled big (braces and all), introduced myself, and gave the three pageant judges a little wink. With only three minutes on the clock, I couldn't waste a second.


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