Have you ever had an epiphany? Periodically I spend the day at the church. (The practice began when we lived forty minutes away from our church, so I went with Scott on Wednesdays so we didn't have two cars there.)  One of our first Wednesdays at First Baptist, I walked up a few flights of stairs (and thought how I really needed to exercise more) and bounced into the room where about twenty women of all ages (college through senior adults) were doing my friend Katie Orr's study, Everyday ... [Read More]

Learn Contentment

Welcome to Day 6 of 31 Simple Ways to Embrace Lopsided Living! We've covered some pretty big topics so far: keeping God foremost in our hearts understanding the value of rest using our time wisely Not one of these is mastered in a day. Learning to practice lopsided living takes time and effort. And, there are going to be times when it is just plain hard. Lopsided living is counter-cultural. It takes accepted ideas in our society (and even in our churches) and turns them on their heads. ... [Read More]

What Counts as Success?

If you've ever heard me speak, you've undoubtedly heard these two sentences ... "Go ahead and take that nap!" and "We have a low standard of success: if no one's dead and no one's in jail, it's a good day." I know, you're now thinking, "Holy cow, this girl is crazy!" And yeah, I probably am. Of course, there's a lot more than meets the eye in those two statements. And, while I'm no where near as level-headed as I'd like to be about life {seriously, I'm an over-the-top emotional girl ... [Read More]

{Book Review} Planted with Hope by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore

Have you ever felt like the place you are isn't the place you're supposed to be? I'd imagine at some point we all have. Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore have written a lovely story that speaks to those times when we're wrestling with all the feelings that come with not fitting in. Planted with Hope by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore Planted with Hope is the second book in The Pinecraft Pie Shop series and as I read it, I found myself connecting with Hope, the main character. Since her family's ... [Read More]

What if … We Choose to Be Content

Welcome back to my current series "What if ... 10 ways to live well in a busy world." So far we've considered what happens if we do something instead of everything, discussed how sometimes good enough really is enough, and explored the value of rest.  Today we're dealing with another big issue some of us struggle with ... What if ... we choose to be content? Do you ever have a feeling there has to be something more?  Like something is missing or incomplete but you are not sure what it ... [Read More]

Do You Love Your Life?

Well, y'all, I'm home from She Speaks. THANK YOU for your sweet prayers and words of encouragement. She Speaks was, as it always is, incredible.  I wish there was a way to share every single moment of it with you.  I'll be sorting through my notes and photos and business cards over the next few weeks and you can expect to hear more about the incredible messages from Lysa TerKeurst and Christine Caine ... and the incredible new friends I made and what they are up to ... and the words God ... [Read More]