Take Care of Yourself

Welcome to Day 19 of 31 Ways to Embrace Lopsided Living! This is the post where I tell you to do what I say, not what I do. Because, honestly, I am awful at this. Especially right now when I'm frantically working to finish my manuscript. I told a friend last night, "I'm basically running on coffee and chocolate." The worst part is, this was in a conversation we were having about going to the gym. So, yeah, seriously, I'm not here to judge or lecture. But I can't really write about living ... [Read More]

Have You Ever Felt Fresh Out of Amazing?

I remember the first time I read Stacey's confession ... her words painted a picture of exactly how I felt! Lord, I feel like I need to be amazing. The trouble is, I'm fresh out of amazing. Honestly, it rings as true today as it did almost five years ago.  Monday, I sent an email to the Prayers for Girls subscribers. This was the first paragraph: I wanted to start this email all peppy and enthusiastic but the truth is, I am exhausted. Not just physically tired ... but in every way drained. ... [Read More]

What I’m Reading {September 2016}

Y'all, my book stack is HUGE. Seriously. But so many of my friends are writing so many great books ... and I want to tell you all about all of them. But then all I'd be talking about is books and while I love books, I also have other things I want to share with you so these posts are my way of giving you information about what I'm reading and what books I think you'd love. {Also, that was seriously a crazy run-on sentence. ha!} So, here the books I'm working my way through in September. {The ... [Read More]

10 Encouraging Verses from Philippians

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? I have to admit, my favorite is usually the one I am studying. :) But, truth be told, I almost always come back to Philippians when I need encouragement. Here are a few of the most encouraging verses from Philippians. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like the biggest mess in the world.  It's such a ... [Read More]

10 Tips for a Great Quiet Time {2016 Update!}

In 2012 I wrote a post with tips for a great quiet time ... since then, it's been shared, pinned, tweeted, and viewed thousands of times. It's a great post and I still believe every word of it. But, Ithought it might be time for a little bit of updating and adding some new ideas and resources for those of us who find having this daily time in the Word overwhelming or intimidating ... and maybe even a word of encouragement for those who might wonder if it even matters at all. {Here are some other ... [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]