15 Ideas for #GivingTuesday

What is #GivingTuesday? In 2012 #GivingTuesday began as an effort to respond to the commercialization and materialism of Christmas. Urging people to use the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day to give back to organizations making a difference in communities and around the world, #GivingTuesday has continued to grow and expand.  I love this important reminder to all of us that the true gift is always is giving not getting! Why does it matter? I believe most of my readers are like me. ... [Read More]

{ABIDE Day 4} Develop a Rhythm of Gratitude

Wow, can you believe we are already to day four of the ABIDE series? I have appreciated all your comments so far and am thankful to know these small steps are resonating with your hearts like they are mine.  If you've missed any of the previous posts, here they are: Acknowledge Him First Bring Your Burdens to Him Intentionally Slow Down I'm excited to share today's step because this is one you can definitely begin acting on RIGHT NOW. We live in a complaining world. If you ... [Read More]

Living Counter Culturally … Only Through Christ

Welcome to day 29 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find every post in this series indexed here. First off, let me just say THANK YOU for your enthusiasm for the Prayers For Girls community. Y'all, I've been overwhelmed by the response. As I wrote Monday, I truly believe God is raising up a generation of moms who are desperate to pray for their children and who are committed to making His Word the foundation of their prayers.  What a powerful thing it is when we pray ... [Read More]

Giving Generously of Yourself

Welcome to day 14 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find an index of every post in this series here. Today we're wrapping up our conversation about generosity in a counter cultural life. Our world is greedy. We know that, we see it every day. But I think it can be easy for us to miss the ways we are greedy, the areas of our lives where we are the hoarders. We can be very stingy with our resources like time and money. But hopefully, you've seen through the past two posts ... [Read More]

Giving Generously of Your Resources

Welcome to day 13 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life.  You can find an index of every post here. Generous: (of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected; showing kindness toward others; (of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary. Earlier this year, a friend handed me an envelope. She smiled and said, "I just want you to have this." She gave me a hug and walked away. As I peeked into ... [Read More]

Generosity in a Hoarder’s World

Welcome to day 12 of STAND OUT: 7 traits of a counter cultural life. You can find every post indexed here. Have you ever watched that show on TLC about hoarders? Y'all, it honestly freaks me out a little bit. I see all those piles and piles of stuff and I can begin to feel a little claustrophobic. I wonder how those people got to that point. In my research about hoarding I learned this definition: Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their ... [Read More]