Summer 2019 brought more than international travel and unforgettable memories, summer 2019 cultivated in me something I’ve desperately needed: confidence. I have a new found confidence in who I am TODAY, not just in who I was in my “former life.” These six long years robbed me of so much. Sickness stole almost every part of me. It’s been a strenuous journey figuring out my … Continue reading Summer 2019 cultivated confidence in me
I wasn’t sure what to write about on this post. Yet, I felt a pull to share something today. “But.. what, Lord?” Most days I scribble away my thoughts, prayers, things I hear from sermons and wise people, and of course what I learn from studying God’s word, inside my trusty journal. Since I don’t have one cohesive message, I’m sharing random nuggets from recent … Continue reading Five Encouraging Nuggets from my Journal
Ahhh humble soup. Warm and comforting. Thick and creamy. Slurp-y and broth-y. Flavorful and refreshing. Soup is a perfect food (in my opinion) that can be both filling and super nutritious. Unfortunately, most soups served at restaurants (in my area at least) are packed with excess sodium, heavy dairy and unnecessary oils, preservatives, and low quality animal products. Soup has become a staple of life … Continue reading My pro tips for making simple, creamy, nutritious soups
During youth group this month (Tyler and I are adult leaders for the high schoolers) we are discussing “Real Life” problems with our students. As they learn about loneliness, pain, anxiety, and life stages, they are challenged to consider how they can help others dealing with these very real issues. This got me thinking about my own experiences of support and love through my sickness, … Continue reading Learning to communicate with your friends/family in need
Positive self-talk is a challenge I am continually working to master. This is an area of constant sin/struggle for me. It’s much easier for me to see the best qualities in another, give grace and encourage a friend to stop criticizing herself, than it is for me to believe/do this for myself. I’ve always been highly critical of my every move, to the point that … Continue reading In the midst of negative thoughts, remember 5 truths that God says of you.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Herman Cain In 1986 Miss Maria Rivera began her teaching career at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. The 3rd grade teacher was a University of Kentucky Graduate with big brown eyes and an unforgettable smile. As a 22-year-old with a petite … Continue reading Happy Retirement, Mrs. Chaney (mom)!
“Stop writing about juice and start writing about Jesus!” Her words stung. It’s been nearly a year since they were spoken to me and even so, they race through my mind often. This advice came from a well respected friend, mature in her faith, whom I look up to. I know what she meant.. “Have no other gods or idols above the Lord! … Continue reading My response to this advice: Stop writing about juice and start writing about Jesus.