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Finish the year strong

End Well: 3 simple ways to finish the year strong

December is a full month for me. I normally order my new planner, start my yearly reflection, and begin planning for the new year. This year, however, I heard the Holy Spirit quietly whisper something new—“End Well.” In the planning for the next year, I took my eyes off what God wanted to do right NOW and how God wanted this year to end. God is still moving. God is still healing. God is still blessing. God is still reconciling. God is still a way maker. God has work HE still wants to do THIS year. I don[...]

Speak Kind: 3 phrases we need to tell ourselves every day

Focusing on speaking words of love and life to my husband, my children, and others come rather easily for me. I want them to know, through my words and actions, they are loved and valued. Unfortunately, the same amount of effort I put into speaking words of encouragement to others is sometimes lost on me. I see my flaws. I see the moments I missed. I see the 7 pounds I gained. I see correspondence I meant to mail. All those words of kindness go out the door and I start feeling like a failure. Do you relate[...]

Mommy Meltdown: 3 tips for shaking off mom guilt

Hey momma! You woke up today full of good intention. Sure, you meant to be patient. You meant to speak kindly. I am sure you meant to be present and treat each moment as a gift. Oh, yes! Your intentions were so good. Then you stepped out the bed. Off in the distance, you hear the dreaded crash followed by an “uh oh.” Maybe it was that moment you knew today was going to be a challenge. Nah, it could have been the three hours of sleep you had because you were up breastfeeding the baby and you haven’t h[...]

Speak Life: 3 daily affirmations to start your day with hope

How do you start the day? Pause for a moment. Really think about it. Do you wake up moaning, already complaining about getting up early? Or maybe you groan about the aches in your body or the noise your kids are already making? The words we use, spoken out loud or thought in our minds, have a major influence on the outcome of our day. These words impact how we view our family, our jobs, even ourselves. With so much on the line, it’s vital we choose our words intentionally. If we want our day to be fill[...]

See her: 3 ways to rediscover who you are so you can love who you’ve become

Do you miss her? You know, the girl who was happy. The girl who had plans. The girl who was fun to be around. But now . . . Now, this girl has forgotten how to dream. Her heart is hurting. She looks in the mirror to see a body she doesn’t recognize. She doesn’t know who she is anymore. The girl is lost. She tells herself: “I don’t know who I am anymore.”“I’ve lost myself.”“I don’t recognize who I’ve become.” She walks around in a woman’s body. A wife. A mother. A sister. A friend. Ye[...]