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21.03.2019

There's a point in every conversation where the other person breaks eye contact, glancing away to look at, well, who knows what. Maybe it's another person, maybe a painting on the wall, or maybe it's just to see anything other than my face. You know that feeling, too? The one that says, "Well, they're done talking to you. You're boring, you have nothing interesting to say, and they are tired of you." I know it's not rational to think that a person's inability to look into my eyes without glancing away means they're tired of me. It's probably not realistic to think that a glance away means they're ready to dismiss me forever. But I'm not always rational, and goodness knows I'm not always realistic. My insecurities lie just under the surface of my consciousness, ready to assume control and lead me astray. That's because my insecurities are from my enemy. I've always had a hard time being comfortable in a group of people. I've assumed I don't fit in, whether there's evidence to suggest it or not. Even in a one-on-one conversation, I often wonder what the other person would rather be doing. My assumed belief is that, at some point,...

07.03.2019

It's such a pain, meal-prepping every Sunday evening. I take out the spaghetti squash and the extra-lean ground turkey, and I put together my lunches for the week. I'm one of those who eats the same thing every single day, just for the sake of simplicity. The less I have to think, the better. But still, the prepping is a pain. It takes time, effort, and planning ahead, and I'd truthfully rather not do it. But I do. And it's such a pain, working out every morning. The alarm goes off before the rest of the house gets up, and I lace up my running shoes and pull my tangled hair into a semblance of a ponytail. I'm one of those who works out before going to work, to get it done early before my brain knows what I'm doing. The effort is a pain. It takes time, energy, and early alarms, and I'd truthfully rather not do it. But I do. I do the things I'd rather not do, small things that are a pain, because I've learned small things are larger than they appear. Meal-prepping and early alarms aren't really that terrible, even though it takes effort to do them both, but...

09.01.2019

  Do you ever wish life could be reduced and simplified, just like our teachers taught us to do with fractions? Take the numbers you see and reduce them until they can't be reduced any more -- 50/100 becomes 1/2, the large and complex becoming small and simple. It doesn't work that way. I often find myself wishing for simplicity, wishing that everything in life could be categorized into either/or segments. Either people are good or they're bad. Either decisions are right or they're wrong. But it doesn't work that way. Everything is not always black and white. We live in a world of both/and, not a world of either/or. People can have good motivations but choose wrong actions. Decisions can be right in some people's eyes and wrong in others'. Everything doesn't fall neatly into a category, and everything doesn't lend itself to being either one thing or another. I don't get to simplify everything, even though I wish that were the case. Walking with God is a both/and journey. We can be both scared and stepping forward into the unknown. We can be both unsure of what will happen and confident in God's goodness. Both remembering the pain of our past and anticipating the goodness yet to...

06.01.2019

  A little over a month ago, at the beginning of December, I decided to take a leave of absence from social media. You can read all about it here, but the main reason is that I just needed some white space in my life, and social media was filling my mind with unnecessary noise. I decided that for the month of December, I would stay off Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I did, and it was glorious.  I worried that I might miss it, that I would wonder what was going on in people's lives and feel like I was missing out. But 99% of the time, I didn't. I began to feel myself relaxing, not getting caught up in what other people were doing and saying. I wasn't constantly reaching for my phone, and I wasn't constantly living the life of a voyeur. Here's what I realized about myself and social media: I don't need it, and it usually doesn't make my life better. So here's what I've been considering as I've begun wading back in: why do I use it, and how will I protect myself? I've had to face some hard truths about myself and my choices. Prior to this fast, I was almost...

03.12.2018

  The low-grade stress has slowly been clawing its way out of my body lately. Stress does that, you know. It makes itself known to you privately first, masquerading as a private issue you think you can hide. As it festers and grows, which it most often does, it always exits your personal, private world and makes its presence known in the public spaces you share. It may manifest itself in the short answers you give co-workers or the tongue-lashing you unleash on your spouse. It may show up in the headaches that keep you withdrawn or the paranoia that causes you to question people you love. Stress, though? It always shows up, and it always comes out. For me, lately, the stress hasn't been debilitating. It's been present, for sure, but as I've walked with God and learned to invite Him into it, it's been more manageable. But manageable, low-grade stress can quickly compound and grow into something more sinister. It's been trying to do that in me. And as I've tried to understand why I'm facing constant, low-grade stress, it's become remarkably clear that it's because I've been subjecting myself to constant, low-grade pressure. I've been exposing myself daily to expectations I can never meet. In...

03.12.2018

  I know the exact moment my heart broke. It was a cold Friday night in February, and my children were sleeping upstairs. Cozy in their footed pajamas, they had no idea their lives were changing forever below them. Their father — my husband — was leaving. I could not have understood before that night how everything can change in one moment — that a stable and content life can be ripped from you, leaving indescribable destruction and heartache behind. But one moment can change everything. It did for me. That moment changed my physical realities — I needed a new place to live and a new job that would provide financially, and I had to learn how to parent my children as a single mother. The new physical realities were nothing compared to the new emotional realities, though. In the moment my husband said he was leaving, something shifted in my beliefs about myself and my God, and I fell into a darkness that consumed me for years. Satan began whispering to me in that moment of vulnerability that I was profoundly unlovable. He told me I was so deeply flawed I was destined to be alone, so unworthy of acceptance I would always be rejected,...

29.11.2018

  My guest for episode #9 is Christie Thomas, and you are going to love her! She's funny, wise, and has a great laugh! Christie has three sons, and she recently left her job in children's ministry to pursue other avenues, such as writing children's books. The goal of her ministry is to cultivate authentic faith in the home, and she has incredible ideas for how to do just that. You definitely want to check out her website if you still have children in the home! I have her children's book Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones, and it would make a great Christmas gift for the people you love! One part of our conversation you will not want to miss is Christie telling the story of donating a kidney to a perfect stranger. I was so inspired by her faith, her obedience, and her perspective through it all!...

21.11.2018

Episode 8 features my real-life friend, Amy Hickman. She is the mom of all daughters and the wife to a pastor, and I just love her heart for women. She leads the women's ministry at her church, and her passion is for helping people uncover their identity in Christ. We talked about it all in this episode, including why she never forces her daughters to go to church. She has great wisdom, and I can't wait to hear what you think of it!...

01.11.2018

My guest for Episode #5 is Rachel J. Mitchell, an incredible woman I met through Instagram. She is a health and fitness coach who shares her faith openly. I love following her because she is authentic. She shares the struggles she has with body image, fitness, and food, and she never pretends she has it all figured out! Rachel used to teach full time at the college level, and she recently cut back to pursue coaching full time. As a mom to two boys, she is always busy, but she really does make time to cultivate relationships with the people she's coaching and encouraging. You're going to love hearing her story! You can click the Soundcloud link above, or you can click here to listen! Connect with Rachel:  Rachel's Blog Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...

25.10.2018

  My guest for Episode #4 is Adriel Booker. Because October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I wanted to make sure you heard this interview with Adriel. She writes openly about her own miscarriages and struggles with infertility, and her heartbreak has become her ministry. Her book, Grace Like Scarlett, is truly one of the best books on grief I have read. Even if you have never struggled with infertility, her book is one that can minister to you. It speaks to the universal experience of pain. I also recommend checking out her website, adrielbooker.com, where she has lots of resources for women who face infertility. Connect with Adriel: Adriel's Website Facebook Instagram (Personal Account) Instagram (Our Scarlett Stories) Twitter Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks  ...