Equipped Series Pt. 1 | The Holy Spirit

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When God placed human life on this earth He knew better than anyone else that life would be no walk in the park. Believe it or not, He intended for it to be that way. If everything was easy, how would we be reminded that we need him? Our dependence on God is central to our entire being. From the moment He banished Adam and Eve from the garden, from the moment He destroyed the tower of Babel, to the moment He sacrificed His own son, He has been trying to convey the same message: We need Him. Life is tough, there’s no argument there. But being the loving Father that He is, God has given us everything that we need to win in life, even in the difficult seasons, but we have to find our tools through Him. I want to start this series by talking about the tool that […]

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50 Things to Be Grateful For At Any Stage of Life

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Perspective is everything. When things are falling apart and life gets tough, it can be so difficult to find something good to hold on to. When we switch our focus from our problems to what’s actually great in our lives, we breed positivity and we make life worth living. God always knew that a heart of gratitude would be one of the major keys to make it through this life. This is exactly why he has put such an emphasis on giving thanks to Him in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Just in case you’re having a hard time finding something to be grateful for, here are 50 things that you can be grateful for at any stage of life. God’s presence The Holy Spirit Jesus died for your sins (because I mean..let’s never forget) grace and mercy being alive your health—even if it’s not perfect family friends your children, […]

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Achieving Life Balance God’s Way

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Life is like a box of chocolates. Most days it’s a myriad of wonderful surprises and exciting opportunities just waiting to be consumed. Other days, life is like a box of chocolates that has somehow fallen over and it’s up to us to figure out how to separate the truffles from the coconut-filled and the strawberry cremes. Forrest Gump clearly left that part out. On this earth, life is a never-ending balancing act. We have to master the art of taking on just enough responsibility, maintaining a Christ-centered focus, taking care of our health, and serving others— and that’s not even the half of it. No question about it, the secret to a healthy and happy life lies in finding the right balance. As a girl that wears several hats, finding the perfect balance is a struggle that I know all too well. About a week ago, I started feeling […]

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How To Defeat A Case Of The Mondays

Case of the Mondays

So your weekend has been amazing. You did this, you did that, you saw so and so and ate at the best restaurant in town—in comes Monday to ruin everything. For a lot of us, Monday is like the rude, tacky, mean girl that no one wants to deal with. Every week, we trade two and a half days worth of relaxation and carefree fun for five days of workplace torture…and Monday is the start of it all. Let’s face it. Just as sure as we’ll see Saturdays come and go, Mondays will forever be an integral part of our lives. So how do we deal?  How do we defeat a bad case of the Mondays? The key to defeating a case of the Mondays starts before Monday even arrives. Change Your Perspective Instead of viewing Monday as the abysmal joy-kill, try thinking of Monday as a fresh start to […]

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Improving My Marriage With Lists To Love By | Book Review

Can a list a day keep marital complications away? Perhaps not, but thanks to the Lists to Love by Books by Mark and Susan Merrill, I’m happy to say that my husband and I feel better equipped and that we are even more intentional about keeping a happy marriage. The Lists to Love By Books were sent to me for review and I must say, I am quite impressed with what we’ve read and with the effect that it has had on our marriage. In two small books, one intended for busy wives and the other for busy husbands, the Merrills have taken even the most complex marital issues and have provided insight and wise counsel to encourage couples to continue to move forward by honoring their marriage the way that Christ intended. What I appreciate the most about these books is that they are faith-based and if you acknowledge that […]

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Super Simple, 3-Ingredient DIY Coffee Scrub

DIY Coffee Scrub

A few days ago, I overheard a coworker talking about a coconut oil coffee scrub and I thought hmmm..coconut oil and coffee?!  Coconut oil and coffee are two things in my life that I never want to have to go a day without. So mixed together, I figured they’d be pretty amazing. As soon as I got home, I set off on a DIY coffee scrub adventure. After doing some quick research, I found out that coffee scrubs are super simple to make yourself and they have quite a few benefits: Like any scrub, they remove dead, flaky skin The caffeine in the coffee has vitalizing qualities The coffee provides aromatherapy They temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite (HuffPost) All you need to make the perfect coffee scrub is virgin coconut oil, sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw because it’s not as fine as refined sugar), and caffeinated coffee. It’s […]

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Breaking Up With Conditional Kindness

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Lately, God has been really dealing with me about the way that society has taught us to deal with one another. We’ve all seen the memes and the self-righteous Facebook updates declaring that from this point forward we should treat people the way that they have treated us or that maybe we should only do as much for others as they have done for us. I’m sure at some point or another I subscribed to this way of thinking but as a Christ-Follower, this way of thinking goes against everything that we claim to believe in. Within the last week or so, I’ve done a lot of observing and people watching. Guys, it’s amazing how often we react to the tiniest of things. When someone’s tone is a little off, when we feel slighted by someone or they fail to acknowledge our presence in the way that we think they […]

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