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18.06.2019

Disclosure: the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you go through them and make a purchase, I receive a commission. Keep in mind these links are for products I have purchased on my own. The decision to buy for yourself is completely up to you! I couldn't find my way out. Eight years ago, after my marriage fell apart and my labels became "divorced" and "single mom," my world lost its color. All around me, I saw only black and white. Mostly black. Mostly darkness. It makes me think of driving in the fog, where my headlights are on and they're pushing the light as far as they can, but an invisible force reaches out and pushes it back. High beams don't help -- the fog is too real. Too thick. Too present. Instinctively, I lean forward, scrunching my eyes to improve my vision, and I move my hands to the tippy-top of the steering wheel as I peer over the wheel into the murky scene ahead. I have a faint idea of where the road is, but my heart beats faster with uncertainty and worry as I inch forward. When you can't see what's ahead, it's...

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...

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  ...

18.10.2018

  My guest for Episode 3 is Shauna Letellier, author of Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at the Faith of Unremarkable People. She never saw herself writing a book, but after recognizing in her own studies that Jesus consistently noticed the faith of people who were ordinary, she felt she had to share what she learned. In this episode, we discuss what it's like to raise children in a world where we're still struggling ourselves, what it takes to learn God doesn't want us to perform for His love, and how to learn who we really are. Connect with Shauna: Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...

11.10.2018

Abby Banks is a wife, mom, author, and advocate. Her youngest son, Wyatt, became paralyzed at 7 months old, and Abby's world turned upside down. In the years since Wyatt's diagnosis, she and her family have lived by the words "love him anyway," which is also the title of her book about their journey. We talk about the journey she and her family took into a new normal, living with a child whose special needs impact daily life. Abby shares about her personal struggles and victories, learning to become comfortable with who she is in the life she leads. You'll want to grab a copy of her book Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places. Connect with Abby: Facebook Instagram Sponsors: Kristy's Custom Designs Three Twelve Market BeautyCounter - Angie Eubanks...